Sr. Allocation Planner

GENERAL PURPOSE:


Ross Stores, Inc. is the fast-growing off-price retailer that can’t be missed. We’re delivering the best branded bargains to our customers across the nation, the District of Colombia and Guam. You will be a part of making that happen. The Rack Plan Achievement team is looking for a dynamic and strategic thinker to join a growing team that will establish how inventory is managed at lower product levels. Our goal is to improve inventory positioning each month for lower product levels, Region and Top Stores. We will define best practices for new processes, tools, and reporting to drive this detailed effort. As with any start-up, team responsibilities will evolve and grow as we learn and respond to changing business needs.


As a Sr. Allocation Planner within the Rack Plan Achievement team you will drive team evolution while working on projects and analytics to support allocation strategies. The Sr. Allocation Planner will play a critical role in shaping the new Plan Achievement responsibilities and lead initiatives. Key responsibilities will include researching store callouts, analyzing lower product level performance, providing insights, and recommend actions needed to improve inventory. The Sr. Allocation Planner will also work closely with the Corporate Plan Achievement team as well as Allocation and NY Planning teams. The ideal candidate should demonstrate the ability to work independently to provide sound analytics, with a comfort for communicating conclusions and recommendations.


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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:


Analytics of Inventory Management:

  • Provide insight on lower product level performance for regions and top doors and provide solutions to issues impacting inventory levels
  • Perform ad hoc analysis and provide innovative solutions to support global business initiatives, that could eventually be adopted as standard process and tools
  • Collaborate with Corporate Plan Achievement team to resolve issues that address inventory level issues
  • Build tools needed to evaluate performance and track patterns over time

Communication
  • Drive timely and effective communication with multiple business partners (Assortment Management, NY Planning, Allocation Strategy and Operations, etc.) to inform/ recommend allocation strategies and results.
  • Develop compelling materials in PowerPoint and provide business insights on strategies to senior business partners
  • Communicate conclusions and recommendations in a clear, straight forward, and concise format to diverse audiences
Leadership
  • Point person in Manager’s absence
  • Primary business mentor for Associate Analyst
  • Representative for business team on cross functional departmental initiatives
COMPETENCIES:
  • Communication/Informing
  • Interpersonal and Team Effectiveness
  • Decision Quality
  • Analytics
  • Drive for Results
  • Business Acumen
  • Managing and measuring work
  • Customer Service
  • Change Management

QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or related analytical fields
  • 3-5 years of experience related work experience in Planning and/or Allocation, forecasting in a retail environment.
  • Ability to solve problems through analyzing large, data sets; develop/utilize analytical tools and summarize findings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group – executives, managers, and subject matter experts within and outside of the Allocation team.
  • Advanced MS Excel skills
  • Working knowledge of: RDW, ACE, a plus

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/ADA:


No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.

Routine deadlines; usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; travel or other inconveniences have advance notice; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor.

Job frequently requires sitting, handling objects with hands.

Job occasionally requires standing, walking, reaching, talking, hearing, and lifting up to 10 pounds.

Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:


No


DISCLAIMER


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.


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