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SVP Planning (Camuto Group)

CITY:  Greenwich

Brand: Camuto Group
Req #: 94188 
Location Name: Camuto Group Home Office 
Department: Merch Planning and Allocation



General Summary:

  • The SVP of Planning is responsible for achieving the company’s sales and gross profit objectives through development of merchandise plans and optimal utilization of inventory.
  • Partner with the brand presidents, sales and sourcing to develop strategic plans to achieve the company financial objectives.  Lead and mentor a team of planning professionals on the day-to-day execution of planning and inventory management.  Maintain process and technology to support the business process.  Significant partner with the sales team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operate as the financial lead for Sales.  This includes key financial metrics, achievement of financial parameters, and leading the business to make profitable merchandise decisions.
  • Lead and manage the Planning team in the development, analysis and revision of sales, inventory, markdowns and profit.
  • Ensure margin targets are aligned between sourcing and sales
  • Create end of season profitability assessments by season by brand
  • Ensure that the financial strategy pursued is consistent with the budget and profit parameters.
  • Maintain risk assessment models that are used to determine buy levels and maintain profitability to budgets.
  • Drive allocation strategies, processes and procedures to achieve the financial objectives of the company; update and improve as needed to accommodate increased complexities.
  • Identify and address merchandise/pricing and sales  opportunities by analyzing sales and inventory performance, margins, and productivity.
  • Incorporate company’s financial objectives into brand/style/season sales plans.
  • Manage monthly forecasting reviews.
  • Track the performance of aged/clearance merchandise; initiate appropriate actions in order to achieve the seasonal performance goals.
  • Partner with all cross-functional teams to achieve business objectives.
  • Recommend and implement technology to support ongoing improvement in process and efficiency based on the demands and growth of the business.
  • Drive new business development from business case through implementation.
  • Propose and deliver business recaps and financial strategies.  Lead MPR (Merchandise Plan Review) for all inventory.
  • Hire, coach and develop a quality team including, development planning, succession planning and regular performance reviews to address personal growth and development needed to foster a productive, focused team.
  • Provide 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.
  • Interact and collaborate with all areas of the company, including Sales, sourcing, Marketing, Distribution Centers, finance, and Senior Management.
  • Develop and present information to executive teams
  • Recommend action and communicate issues that relate to Merchandising and may hinder DSW’s ability to achieve our financial objectives.
  • Operate as a supporter and change agent for new system processes and implementations



Required Skills and Competencies:

Required Skills:

• Superior business and financial acumen

• Outstanding analytic and problem solving skills

• Knowledge of the use of analytics to drive planning, allocation and inventory management in a Wholesale and Design environment

• Experience in the Wholesale/Retail industry is required

Knowledge of cost accounting of inventory is required.


• Strong leadership and communication skills

• Ability to present ideas and concepts to senior management

• Ability to work well with internal groups to gain alignment on key initiatives

• Strong negotiation skills

• Strong relationship skills

• Positive, high energy individual



  • Minimum of 10+ years experience
  • Experience leading a large team of varying background and professional/technical experience
  • Proven success in managing external vendors/partners
  • Budget/P&L management
  • Experience in wholesale, retail and/or e-commerce planning and allocation
  • Experience working in a high volume, fast paced, multi-channel retail environment.
  • Customer-centric perspective.
  • Strong analytical skills and strategic thinking – able to take effectively develop strategy using an analytical approach to develop and refine.
  • Proven track record for driving the business.
  • Strategic and innovative thinker.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Strong leadership skills focused on developing a collaborative team environment ability to work across the organization, lead cross-functional teams, and influence without direct authority.
  • Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities.
  • Courageous leadership style – willing and able to take calculated risks to push to future state.
  • Financial acumen.



• 4-year college degree

• MBA preferred






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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