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Director of Planning (Camuto Group)

CITY:  Greenwich

Brand: Camuto Group
Req #: 92329 
Location Name: Camuto Group Home Office 
Department: Merch Planning and Allocation


The Director of  Planning develops and mentors Planning Associates to support the business strategy and financial metrics for an area within Camuto Group.  This includes the day-to-day functions of the planning teams and for assigned brands.  Responsible for the development of  Wholesale financial and revisions to maximize profitability and inventory productivity.  Significant partnership with the Sales Sourcing and finance teams.


  • Lead and manage the development, analysis and revision of sales, inventory, markdowns, vendor allowances, co-op, and profit for Key CG brands
  • Develop seasonal/annual sales and inventory plans. Support the sales team in creating assortment plans – analyzing prior performance, color, size selling, etc.
  • Support the sales team in managing markdowns, vendor allowances, returns, advertising co-op and price negotiations.
  • Ensure OTB is managed for specific CG brands
  • Works in conjunction with Sales leads on Monthly Retail P&L including Retail Sales forecast and MD analysis, Wholesale Sales Forecast, Dilution Reporting
  • P&L Management: Monthly Analysis of Customer Profitability – review and call out challenges and opportunities against budget. Run sales and Margin scenarios and propose strategies to optimize profitability. 
  • Replenishment Planning: Forecast and monitor replenishment Sales to the size level, monitor replenishment Stock Levels and propose replenishment buys as needed to maximize turn
  • Inventory Planning: Review buy process for speculative inventory to reduce margin erosion. Evaluate profitability for in-season inventory performance and make adjustments as needed.
  • Management Reporting for Key Account Meetings i.e Bookings vs. Budget, Placement Recaps by customer/AE etc.
  • Build strong partnerships with cross-functional teams (Sales, Sourcing, ecomm, Marketing, and Finance) around Strategy Development and Business Management
  • Maintain risk assessment models that are used to determine buy levels and maintain profitability to budgets
  • Provide the leadership and the necessary formal and informal training, including one-on-one development, needed to produce a team that contributes consistent financial growth to the business
  • Develop and present information to executive teams
  • Inventory Control/ATS:   Review and Monitor ATS on a weekly basis, work in conjunction with Finance team on ATS reserve/ suggest timely closeout of inventory 
  • Cross-functional travel as needed
  • Participate in the annual and seasonal brand and customer planning process 
  • Other duties may be assigned. 


Required Skills:

  • Ability to manage 1 direct report 
  • Proven problem solver
  • Excellent communication and relationship building competencies
  • Strong system knowledge
  • Ability to present to and challenge executive leadership
  • Financial acumen




Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. 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. 








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