Assistant Planner

Our values start with our people, join a team that values you!

We are the nation’s largest off-price retailer with over 2,000 stores, and a strong track record of success and growth. Our focus has always been bringing our customers a constant stream of high-quality brands and on-trend merchandise at extraordinary savings. All while providing a fun and exciting treasure hunt experience.
As part of our team, you will experience:

  • Success. Our winning team pursues excellence while learning and evolving
  • Career growth. We develop industry leading talent because Ross grows when our people grow
  • Teamwork. We work together to solve the hard problems and find the right solution
  • Our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and our community. We celebrate the backgrounds, identities, and ideas of those who work and shop with us because our differences make us stronger. We strive to be a positive force in our community.

Our Corporate headquarters are in Dublin, CA, we have 3 buying offices in key markets in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston, and 8 distribution centers nationwide. With 2023 revenues of $20.4 billion, we are a Fortune 500 company who is committed to providing an inclusive work environment with continuous learning opportunities and development for our teams.


About this opportunity...

The Assistant Planner is a learning role that allows you to build a foundation of skills for your future career as a planner. As an Assistant Planner, we invest in you through structured training and one on one apprenticeship with a skilled Planning Manager. You will begin to build your planning skills by contributing to the management of in-season plans and building of pre-season plans in support of regional strategies. You will learn how to maximize sales potential and minimize risks at the region and store level for a specific business. As an Assistant Planner, you will develop an understanding of key performance indicators, such as performance to plan, same-store sales and turn, to support your recommendations.

The base salary for this role is $65,000. The salary listed is just one component of the total compensation package for employees. Other rewards vary by position and location.

What you will do and what you will learn...

  • 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.

  • 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 recommendation.
  • 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 need to be successful...
  • Strong communication skills: You can "read the situation" you actively listen, ask clarifying questions, can weave a story out of numbers and demonstrate the ability to build relationships.
  • Flexibility: You can pivot, are adaptable, and receptive to feedback.
  • Results Driven: You are tenacious, and achievement focused. You can prioritize your work and deliver it with accuracy.
  • Intellectually curious: You can analyze and draw conclusions, are a critical thinker, and see the big picture.
  • Resilient: You are persistent and persuasive. You stay focused on your goals and finding systematic and creative solutions to problems.
  • Analytical Mindset: Helping to drive a business depends strong analytical, quantitative and Excel skills and retail math knowledge.
  • Bachelor's Degree required.

Perks and Benefits of joining our team...

Our Associates are at the heart of everything we do and we're proud to offer a range of benefits that reflect how much we value their contributions. Here's a peek into what you can expect as an eligible Ross Associate:
  • A broad range of affordable health insurance options & personal medical plan concierge
  • 401(k) with employer match and Life insurance
  • Ample PTO including accrued vacation, paid holidays, diversity day, summer Fridays and the ability to purchase additional vacation.
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Access to health and wellness benefits such as BetterHelp and Headspace
  • Charitable donations matched by Ross Stores Foundation
  • And more....

*benefits vary by level and position and are subject to change