Manager Inventory Management Job Listing at Gap Inc. in SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Title: Manager Inventory Management
Location: US-CA-SAN FRANCISCO
The Manager of Merchandise Planning coordinates and manages the development, execution and communication of merchandise financial plans and strategies that support the merchandising, marketing, and financial objectives of one of more divisions. The Manager also develops and drives financial strategies to maximize business opportunities and to mitigate risks in partnership with cross-functional teams. The Manager is responsible for training and managing the activities and career development for one or more Merchandise Planners, Analysts or Online Inventory Specialists to foster rapid skill development. May be responsible for the development of brand level financial plans and forecasts.
Manage the financial success of one or more divisions by meeting sales, gross margin, and inventory productivity goals.
Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risk and opportunity for one or more divisions.
Manage the pre-season planning process and review division/department or class financial plans. Ensure plans support broader brand/category strategies.
Manage the reconciliation of divisional targets and bottom-up plans.
Identify risks and opportunities across key product categories.
Review basic buy plans/strategies and ensure plans meet financial targets.
Review markdown recommendations to ensure alignment with financial strategies.
Participate in and/or lead company and brand initiatives.
Collaborate with merchant team to develop and communicate a comprehensive pre-season strategy that aligns financial and product opportunities across one or more divisions.
Ensure open to buy process is collaborative and financially sound. Validate divisional financial forecast and strategies in OTB/MF process.
Partner with cross-functional counterparts to develop and communicate tactical plans to achieve timelines and deliverables.
Coach and train planners to identify key learnings and develop future strategies.
Communicate timelines, standards and performance expectations to direct reports in a timely manner.
Communicate financial results, forecasts, and action plans to director and cross-functional team on a weekly basis.
Represent department/product category point of view in key meetings.
Effectively manage and support the career development process of staff to ensure job satisfaction and retention (PP&A, IDP).
Coach and train direct reports to foster rapid skill development, identify strengths, and improve performance.
Recognize and reward quality performance.
Work with peers to ensure consistency of information.
Set priorities, foster teamwork and set expectations for direct reports.
Develop bench-strength by identifying and facilitating training opportunities.
Participate in resource and succession planning by giving feedback to director.
Participate in Company recruiting and management training initiatives.
Provide director with timely feedback on personal developmental and training needs.
Actively participate in brand/company sponsored planner training program (P&D training, RMP).
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of cross-functional team (merchandising, allocation, visual, production, planning, company planning)
Prioritize and manage expectations of cross-functional team around key deliverables
Develop and maintain cross-divisional peer relationships to share best practices and align processes
Create a collaborative, innovative, results-oriented work environment
Serve as liaison to GID finance.
Provide primary input to the development of brand level plans-collaborating with business partners to set demand, sales, margin and inventory targets.
Develop rolling, near-term forecasts of key sales metrics as part of the Monthly Forecast (MF) process. Highlight how marketing, merchandise or operational changes may impact these forecasts.
Effectively negotiate with and influence peers and cross-functional team members.
Able to build and maintain productive relationships with cross-brand and cross-functional teams.
Able to effectively manage and resolve conflict.
Able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and adapt to dynamic, fast-paced, and fact-based environment.
Able to effectively lead and develop results-oriented teams.
Able to give timely and actionable feedback to direct reports and manager.
Able to develop, train, and motivate individuals.
Accurately assess employee strengths and developmental needs that support individual career development.
Proactively identify business issues and develop creative solutions.
Possess a clear understanding of financial measurements including; sales, gross margin, gross margin return on investment (GMROI), weeks on hand (WOH), weeks of supply (WOS), etc. and how to impact them.
Able to deliver convincing presentations that clearly identify business issues and advise decisions to all levels of management.
Communicates clearly and effectively - reflecting an appropriate sense of urgency.
Facility with personal computers, including the ability to understand available resources and technical applications.
Proficient in Microsoft Excel.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
2-4 years experience as a Planner or equivalent
3-5 years of retail buying, planning or equivalent analytical experience
2-4 years of supervisory or coaching related experience
Must be able to operate a computer
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