Allocation Planner

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The Plan Achievement Analyst is responsible for a diverse range of assignments, projects, and analytics to support the end of month inventory plan achievement and strategic initiatives for his/her assigned Regions/Stores. The Analyst manages Comp and Non Comp Stores through pre-month development of Weekly Sales Curves and In-Month Sales Trend assessments to capture emerging sales performance. Provides weekly visibility of current performance and trends to leadership. Additionally, the Analyst researches and responds to product level inventory concerns from stores.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate the ability to work independently to provide sound analytics, with a comfort for drawing and communicating conclusions and recommendations.


Analytics of Inventory and Receipt Management

• Support end of month inventory plan achievement through use of Weekly Sales Curves and IN-Month Trending for assigned Regions, as well as exception store management at the division level.

• Analyze historical sales performance in development of Weekly Sales Curves to capture Regional patterns and unique store performance

• Monitor region and store inventory position in relation to sales trends, with future opportunity to analyze at lower hierarchy levels

• Research and respond to store callouts

• Support New Store and/or Going Out of Business processes

• Execute and maintain Excel based reports/tools

• Perform ad hoc analysis as needed


• Drive timely and effective communication with cross-functional business partners to inform/recommend allocation strategies and results

• Provide weekly communication to Allocation leadership of results and inventory opportunities/risks, providing recommended action needed to support changing trends

• Communicate conclusions and recommendations in a clear, straight forward, and concise format to business partners



• Building Effective Teams*

• Developing Talent*

• Collaboration


• Leading by Example

• Communicates Effectively

• Ensures Accountability and Execution

• Manages Conflict


• Business Acumen

• Plans, Aligns and Prioritizes

• Organizational Agility

With specific emphasis on the following:


• Written and Verbal Expression

• Written and Verbal Comprehension

• Active Listening

• Presentation Skills

Analysis and Judgment:

• Numerical Reasoning

• Creativity

• Decision Making

• Attention to Detail

Drive for Results:

• Organization and Planning

• Risk Taking

• Overcomes Obstacles

Business Acumen:

• Knowledge of organization structure and reporting

• Knowledge of industry and market trends


• Process Improvement

• Data Analysis

Customer Service:

• Responsiveness

• Improving Customer Service

Interpersonal and Team Effectiveness:

• Builds Relationships

• Collaboration

Change Management:

• Adaptable

• Implements Change


• Bachelor's Degree or 2-4 years of related experience in Planning and/or Allocation

• Intermediate MS Excel skills including formulas/functions (e.g., vlookup, countifs, etc.)

• Working knowledge of retail software, a plus (e.g., JDA/ACE, RDW)


Job requires ability to work in an office environment, primarily on a computer.
Requires sitting, standing, walking, hearing, talking on the telephone, attending in-person meetings, typing, and working with paper/files, etc.
Consistent timeliness and regular attendance.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.




This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management's discretion.

Ross is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of the Company's overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented and diverse workforce. Ross is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, physical, mental or developmental disability, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), veteran status, military status, marital or registered domestic partnership status, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.