Assistant Planner

ASSISTANT PLANNER

Who is Ross Stores?

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) Company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2019 revenues of $16 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,546 locations in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. The Company also operates over 259 dd’s DISCOUNTS® locations in 19 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings.

 

What Ross Stores Offers You:

  • A large investment in Associates through extensive onboarding programs and continuous learning opportunities
  • A focus on growing and promoting internal talent
  • A big company with a family feeling
  • A hands on leadership team with close engagement at all levels
  • A culture embedded with teamwork and humility
  • An opportunity to give back to your community
  • And did we mention… Summer Fridays and holiday closure!

 

What is an Assistant Planner at Ross?

The Assistant Planner is a true learning role that allows you to build a foundation of planning skills. You will focus on maximizing sales potential and minimizing risks at the region and store level for a specific business. As an Assistant Planner, you will contribute to the management of in-season plans and building of pre-season plans in support of regional strategies. You will develop an understanding of key performance indicators, such as performance to plan, same-store sales and turn, in order to support your recommendations.

 

What would you do?

In-Season:

  • Analyze performance using standardized reports prepared monthly
  • Review future plans based on historical performance and knowledge of future business conditions (e.g. product availability and assortment strategies)
  • Identify risks and/or opportunities by product and Region
  • Begin to learn how to propose recommendations (i.e., influence changes to be made) to Region plans to Location Planning Manager and implement approved changes into the planning system
  • Prepare hindsight analysis and collaborate with Merchandise Planning counterpart at key fiscal points (e.g. events/holidays and quarterly)
  • Partner with Location Planning Manager to conduct hindsight reviews to present findings to Senior leadership
  • Propose recommendations in order to capitalize on opportunities and/or reduce risk for next year (e.g. influence product flow changes to drive sales/reduce liabilities)
  • Work with cross-functional teams (Store Planning and Allocation) to implement Store strategies and address callouts and errors
  • Utilize forecast to evaluate future Store plans against system parameters

Pre-Season:

  • Analyze historical performance and develop skills to propose flow strategies to Location Planning Manager
  • Partner with Merchandise Planning counterpart to inform the Chain plans of Region recommendations
  • Under Location Planning Manager’s direction, develop Region plans by applying their independent hindsight analysis and known assortment strategies to update the initial system generated plans
  • Review higher product levels to validate the mix of assortment within a Region using additional reporting tools
  • Present recommended plans to Location Planning Manager in a formal meeting for continued learning
  • Recommend store lists for limited door product opportunities and analyze different store groups (e.g. door rankings, target demographics) to determine location strategies and initiatives
  • Modify system generated Store level plans by resolving outliers and exceptions

 

What you bring to the table:

  • An interest in weaving a story out of numbers!
  • A desire to learn, grow and engage
  • A systematic approach to problem solving
  • A team player attitude
  • A drive for results

Why you are qualified:

  • You are proficient in Excel
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree
  • You have strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • You have prior work experience and retail knowledge