Allocator

GENERAL PURPOSE:

The Allocator is the front line of the Allocation department, tasked with ensuring the accurate execution of allocation (e.g., assortment and non sell) strategies. The Allocator is responsible for supporting DC daily production goals and turn time expectations with manual allocations across the Ross and dd’s chains. The Allocator utilizes standardized guidelines, tools and special direction provided by Assortment Analysts to optimize the store level assortments and the achievement of store inventory plans. The Allocator is responsible for identifying post-receipt size and depth imbalances and determining appropriate adjustments to Min/Max criteria.

The Allocator is responsible for achieving daily Non Sell targets through effective auto release scheduling and manual allocation. The Allocator must have a general understanding of standard assortment strategies and chain nuances to identify when inaccurate and/or omitted information (e.g., data collect level, min/max, etc.) in an allocation will result in an incorrect execution. In those instances, the Allocator will escalate the situation to the appropriate team by communicating specific, accurate, and actionable comments through the worklist. For urgent issues, the Allocator will escalate the issue by email through the appropriate channels to ensure timely resolution.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Execute Allocations
  • Execute Manual Flow and Non Sell Allocations utilizing tools and directions provided by Assortment Management Team
  • Execute Auto Scheduling of Non Sell Allocations as directed by the Non Sell Analyst and/or Non Sell Manager
  • Execute Seasonal Strategies utilizing tools and directions provided by Assortment Management Team
  • Execute New Store Builds utilizing tools and directions provided by Assortment Management Team
  • Execute Specialized Allocations (i.e. unique directional strategy discussed with the Merchant) as directed by the Assortment Analyst and/or Manager, Assortment Management
Problem Identification and Resolution
  • Identify post-receipt size and/or depth issues and determine appropriate adjustments to Min/Max criteria
  • Use understanding of standard assortment strategies and nuances of chains (e.g., Ross and dd’s) to identify errors or missing information needed to execute batches
  • Update worklist with specific, accurate, and actionable notes to direct Assortment Management, Allocation Operations, and/or Non Sell Management teams to resolve issues (e.g., omitted information, etc.)
  • Escalate urgent errors or requests for clarification to the appropriate business partner (e.g., Production Manager, Assortment Management team, etc.) via email
Support Business Needs
  • Additional tasks as needed

COMPETENCIES:

Analysis & Judgment
  • Ability to make decisions, work with numbers, and detect errors
Communication
  • Ability to express and comprehend verbal and written information

Drive for Results
  • Characteristic of being organized and deliberate
Business Acumen
  • Knowledge of business processes, org structure, and market/business trends
Interpersonal and Team Effectiveness
  • Ability to deal with difficult relationships
Customer Service
  • Ability to improve customer service and respond to customer requests
Change Management
  • Ability to adapt to changes and support change
QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Associates Degree preferred