Manager of Online Inventory Strategy and Analytics

San Francisco, CA
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Erica R. Brown

Job Description:

The Manager of the Brand's Online Inventory Strategy and Analytics (Tops Down) is responsible for the development and execution of the seasonal financial plans and forecasts for assigned market. This Manager will partner with the Buying Director of Inventory Strategy and Analytics, as well as Buying leads for assigned market, to develop seasonal forecasts that support annual financial plans, maximize sales and inventory opportunities in the business, while seeking ways to mitigate risk to the plan. This individual will also be responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and support of inventory initiatives within the GOL Global Buying organization. 

• Accountable for creating, tracking, and measuring financial performance across annual budget, seasonal financial plans, and monthly forecast (market --> div). 
• Partner with market Buying leads to link tops down financial results to daily and weekly divisional performance, while outlining action to drive future results through productive promo and markdown management. 
• Collaborate with Company Planning, Marketing, and market Buying leads to develop a pre-season and in-season promo plan calendar to deliver top-line financials, as well as support the division-level needs. 
• Develop key initiatives into strategies and strategies into results through structured approach, rigorous analysis, and proactive communication. 
• Assess and manage the market Buying Open to Buy forecast to help inform tops down financial forecast positioning, while identifying risks and opportunities. Guide market Buying team actions to support tops down financial commitments. 
• Help shape new processes and lead implementation of new practices and tool sets that improve efficiency, capability, and maximize return back to the business. 
• Build collaborative relationships with GOL leadership and other brand stakeholders. 

• BA/BS or equivalent experience required 
• Minimum 5 years Inventory Management experience; Planning experience preferred. 
• Understanding of retail industry. Apparel experience a plus. 
• Ability to negotiate, influence, and drive change across all levels of the organization, as well as develop and maintain strong working relationships with peers and cross-functional partners. 
• Demonstrated strong ability to influence business partners to drive results. 
• Proven ability to prioritize and focus on key initiatives to drive the business. 
• Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
• Deep financial business acumen. 
• Demonstrated ability to approach all tasks with a problem-solving mindset; proactively identify areas of opportunity or risk, while providing a path to mitigate this risk. 
• Experience on projects with complex scope with system and process implementations across an organization. 
• Expertise in Microsoft Excel. Must be able to create and use pivot tables, filters, lookup functions, etc

Client Description:

Our Client is an Fortune 500 Apparel Retailer that has grown from a single store to a global business throughout its 46 year run!

Talent placed here are given the autonomy to be hands-on decision makers from day one. The company's leadership assumes a supportive role and applies a collaborative management style, offering the guidance and insight to help transform your suggestions into strategies.

This is an environment where co-workers are constantly challenging each other to learn and grow in their roles every day, which energizes the office, and creates forward motion, both on a personal level, and as a company. They’re experimenting with their digital reach, using tech as a catalyst for industry change - both online and in stores. With such robust focus and investment on innovation, employees have the opportunity to directly contribute to the changing landscape of the retail world!

The company culture here is one of relaxed, inclusive community with an ever-present focus on learning and development - both for the individual team member as well as the projects and initiatives that are driving the company forward. And, with tons of cool volunteering opportunities and initiatives, employees have the chance to become influential community leaders as they work for positive change.