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Merchandise Allocator

Company: Boot Barn
Location: Irvine
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

The Merchandise Allocator is accountable and responsible to drive and maximize sales, margin and inventory productivity through effective allocation of merchandise inventory to retail stores and ecommerce. Merchandise Allocators monitor and manage store level inventories through the proper flow of receipts into the stores. They partner with Merchandise Buying, Merchandise Planning and the ECOM Team to ensure in-stock, inventory productivity and assortment business goals are met. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Apply business strategies and initiatives towards assortment and allocation management Conduct monthly allocation strategy meetings with Merchandise Buyer and Merchandise Planner Execute the allocation strategy to effectively maximize sales and margin plans and maintain the appropriate stock to sales ratios Analyze sales and inventory trends at the chain and store level; ensure allocation of receipts results in maximum performance by store; ensure stores are kept in stock with respect to their ability to sell merchandise; partner with planners and merchants on findings and action plans Determine store tier rankings based upon bottoms up preseason sales plans Conduct reviews of the following to ensure buy quantities and stock levels meet current sales trends: Store rankings and indices Model stock replenishment items and quantities by store Size selling by store; recommend size buys Vendor and brand performance by store Geographic and seasonal variations Accountable for setting up and maintaining store inventory models on basic items for weekly auto replenishment and make adjustments based on sales shifts, promotions, events and discounts Analyze performance of new stores; communicate findings and make adjustments based on findings Perform pre-season, in season and post-season analysis to identify future opportunities to maximize sales and margin for stores Develop and manage selling and inventory reports to support the business and complete ad hoc reporting as needed to drive or react to current or future business conditions Manage warehouse inventory and limit out of season liability of product Collaborate with Merchandise Buyers and Merchandise Planners to adjust future buys and ensure size breaks are correct Partner with the Retail Field Team and communicate seasonal rollout timing, promotional updates, and business performance Facilitate problem resolution with IT, Retail Field Team, and Inventory Management as required Communicate regularly with DC Team on events that would affect workflow (initial allocation rollout, reserve release, in store only promotions, etc.) Manage, prioritize, and execute various ad-hoc project requests in support of Merchandise Buyers, Merchandise Planners and other cross-functional teams. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred 3 years of experience in an Allocation, Replenishment or similar inventory management role Retail store experience is helpful Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel (Vlookup, Pivot Tables, Macros) Basic knowledge of Microsoft Outlook Strong problem-solving and analytical skills Strong aptitude with numbers, retail math skills, understanding of forecasting methodology Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously Agile and adaptable to changing priorities Accuracy and attention to detail Strong sense of urgency Strong written, verbal communication and presentation skills Ability to work independently and be self-motivated Knowledge of retail allocation systems, Aptos a plus

Keywords: Boot Barn, Irvine , Merchandise Allocator, Other , Irvine, California

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