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Vendor Compliance Analyst, Merch Ops Job

DATE: Jul 16, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 87475 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Merch Planning and Allocation 


Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. The company operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. The Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson® footwear business, and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand® and Max Studio®. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, Designer Brands also owns a stake in Vince Camuto®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, CC Corso Como®, Enzo Angiolini® and others. More information can be found at


Job title:  Vendor Compliance Analyst, Merch Ops

General Summary:  The Vendor Compliance Analyst, Merchandise Operations is responsible for driving internal and external compliance measures regarding purchase order and vendor set up.  The Analyst will identify non-compliant operations and assess patterns that merit business process change and/or vendor charge.  The Vendor Compliance Analyst plays a key role in driving margin, reacting to business operations that could result in lost sales and/or undesirable inventory position.

Reports toManager, Merchandise Operations


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Apply vendor charges as warranted through monitoring purchase order confirmations and vendor set up
  • Ensure appropriate service level agreements (SLA) are in place to enable timely execution of orders and receipts
  • Proactively identify process opportunity with purchase order management, enhance and implement improved business tools and process
  • Develop reporting to track deadlines and adherence
  • Partner with buying teams to influence vendor action within established SLA
  • Collaborate with Vendor Finance, Transportation, DC/FC to aggregate vendor offenses and issued charges
  • React to product damage and return rate to determine vendor driven quality issues and initiate RTV, cost concession, or charge back
  • Remove obstacles preventing timeliness of the purchase order process

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to analyze and derive actionable observation from large data set
  • Subject matter expertise regarding purchase order, vendor relations, transportation and receiving
  • Posses both ‘big picture’ thinking as well as understanding tactical components
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, conducts responsibilities with urgency and a high level of accountability and quick turnaround times
  • Self-motivated, takes initiative and is curious, driven, flexible, and adaptable
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and collaborates cross functionally
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, ability to tailor message to all levels of the organization & vendor
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel
  • Must possess strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Influencing skills across multiple internal teams to ensure actions are executed


Minimum Qualifications



  • Previous experience in analytical field


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Lives the DSW Values of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint and Word

Designer Brands believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities.  We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws.  Designer Brands also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application process or applicant who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should request for accommodations by asking to speak with a Store Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director, or by contacting Human Resources at HR-DSW@dswinc.comDesigner Brands will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on Designer Brands. For any inquiries related to the hiring process, please reach out to © 2019 Designer Brands Inc. All rights reserved.


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