Inventory Planner, Accessories And Footwear at Athleta – San Francisco, CA

Since the beginning, we’ve been inspired by everything women and girls are capable of, whether they’re serious athletes or just getting into fitness.  We create versatile premium performance apparel designed for a life in motion. Challenge fuels us and we are always reaching for the amazing.

We’re looking for people who find inspiration in the same things we do: the limitless potential of women and girls everywhere. If you share our passion for a healthy, active lifestyle, personal growth, innovative product and creating rewarding experiences – join our community. Athleta is a certified B Corp – put simply we put people and planet right up there with profit and we’re committed to using business as a force for good.

Alone we are strong, united we thrive. Together, we create the Power of She.

OVERVIEW
The role of the Inventory Management team is to manage the financial success of one or more categories by meeting sales, gross margin, and inventory productivity goals.  The IM Planner owns product category end to end considering channel differences, but planning and managing the inventory holistically to maximize the category.  This work requires strong analytical and story-telling skills, the ability to build close partnerships with other functions, and a focus on executing best in class customer experience while delivering/exceeding financial targets. 
COMPETENCIES
    • Learning Agility
    • Resourcefulness
    • Strategic Orientation
    • Collaboration and Influencing

               KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risk and opportunity for one or more categories
    • Manage the pre-season planning process and develop division/department or class financial plans. Ensure plans support broader brand/category strategies
    • Collaborate with merchandising partners to set pre-season detailed assortment sales and investment plans that align with top-line class level plans
    • Responsible for in-season open-to-buy activities at class level
    • Ensure receipt accuracy to support in-season management and recommended chase, air and/or proper receipt flow
    • Strategize, recommend and execute in-season pricing to maximize business goals and consider impacts across channels
    • Develop month forecasts of sales and inventory for Basics, as required
    • Communicate financial results, forecasts, and action plans to Manager and/or Director and cross-functional team on a weekly basis
    • Represent department/product category point of view in key meetings
    • Work with peers to ensure consistency of information
    • Develop strong working relationships with members of cross-functional team (merchandising, production, planning, company planning, store planning, store operations)
    • Prioritize and manage expectations of cross-functional team around key deliverables
    • Develop and maintain cross-divisional peer relationships to share best practices and align processes
    • Create a collaborative, innovative, results-oriented work environment
KEY EXPERIENCES
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
    • 2-4 years work experience, preferred
    • Financial and Business Acumen:  Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable information to drive results; proficiency in retail math
    • Problem Solving & Decision Quality:  Able to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
    • Influencing & Negotiation:  Can present ideas and directions that lead others to action
    • Systems and Tools Acumen:  Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, and have aptitude to learn technical applications quickly
    • Collaboration:  Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners
    • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
    • Demonstrate strong listening, written and oral communication skills
    • Omni-channel experience a plus

KEY BENEFITS:

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet.
  • One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.*
  • Employees can take up to five “on the clock” hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.*
  • Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee’s base pay.*
  • Employee stock purchase plan.*
  • Employees receive medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
  • Employees can apply for tuition reimbursement.*
  • Family care programs.
  • Commuter benefits.
  • Pet Discount Program.

*For eligible employees

Gap Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. In 2016, Gap Inc. was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign for the thirteenth consecutive year and was the sole winner of the Catalyst award for equality in the workplace in 2016.