Planning Analyst, Inventory Management Ready

Old Navy
San Francisco, California, United States
28 Jun 2022
16 Jul 2022
About Old Navy

Forget what you know about old-school industry rules. When you work at Old Navy, you're choosing a different path. From day one, we've been on a mission to democratize fashion and make shopping fun again. Our teams make style accessible to everyone, creating high-quality, must-have fashion essentials for the whole family, with love, season after season.

We opened our first store in 1994 in San Francisco and have been on a roll ever since. We cultivate a community of playful personalities that thrive in a fast-paced environment where our employees can be their most authentic selves. Here, we're family.

About the Role

Challenging. Analytical. Game Changing. IM Ready is a 90-day immersion and training program that leads to a role within our Inventory Management or Online function at Old Navy, a division of Gap Inc. brands. Through this program, Old Navy hires into the positions of Inventory Analyst, Allocation Analyst, Assistant Digital Merchandiser, and Assistant Buyer.

In this unique on-boarding approach, trainees gain real life exposure to the business before taking ownership over it. All trainees are matched with a coach, buddy and mentor who will guide their learning journey, which consists of hands-on learning, classroom instruction, job shadowing, case studies & projects, as well as homeroom-like sessions.

On your first day as a trainee in the IM Ready program you are provided with full Gap Inc. benefits which include: full medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; Employee Stock Purchase Plan; 401(k) matching; employee merchandise discount in Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic stores; 20 days (annually) of paid time off.

Individuals with a highly analytical background and a passion for the retail industry are encouraged to apply. Below are the qualifications and descriptions of the roles currently available through the IM Ready training program.
This role is based out of the 2 Folsom office. Currently, job duties are being performed remotely. However, the Company may in the future require you/this role to be in the office on a full-time or part-time basis. Pursuant to Gap Inc.'s policy, all employees who wish to enter Gap Inc.'s San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Albuquerque office buildings will need to be vaccinated, unless an exemption from the vaccine requirement is approved due to an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.

What You'll Do

Positions available:

Inventory Analyst
  • Provide data analysis to support tops/down sales and inventory plans that align with division objectives
  • Support style level, bottoms-up sales and inventory plans
  • Assist in validating Commercial Plan
  • Provide data analysis to support business recaps, in-season forecasting/OTB buying, and demand driven buying efforts
  • Execute in-season price strategies (promo/MD)
  • Own professional development in collaboration with manager
  • Support/participate in a collaborative, innovative and results-orientated environment
  • 1-2 work years preferred

Allocation Analyst
  • Provide data analysis to support tops/down sales and inventory plans that align with division objectives
  • Execute plans in line with style/class level allocation and financial forecasts
  • Track inbound inventory levels to ensure smooth execution of strategies
  • Identify issues and proactively communicate problems to the broader cross functional team
  • Support the commercial plan by ensuring marketed product is tracked and prioritized through logistics network
  • Report out on service levels to cross-functional team
  • Execute plans to improve service levels
  • Recap and optimize sizing and packing strategies to improve store in-stock and customer experience
  • Identify and escalate inventory issues to manager in a prompt manner
  • Execute store inventory callouts, DC capacity constraints, or other business issues in a timely manner
  • Participate in the development of Seasonal Inventory allocation strategies that support the Investment review strategy
  • Develop flow forecasts that support the financial plans, receipt projections, and in-season allocation strategies
  • Identify styles within Demand Forecast that are below target service levels and work with Manager to improve
  • Influence cross functional partners to drive outcomes
  • Support/participate in a collaborative, innovative and results-orientated environment
  • 1-2 years work experience preferred

Assistant Buyer
  • Drive in-season business through weekly promotion and markdown changes
  • Manage monthly open to buy forecast
  • Analyze and report current business and be able to adapt new strategies to changing business
  • Develops and builds department & class level plans that support market/division strategy
  • Develops and builds pre-season style plans and recommends investment quantities in line with commercial plan and financial goals
  • Manages the reconciliation of class-to-department bottoms-up plans. Understands product trends, historical data and departmental input at category/class level and applies learnings into future product strategies.
  • Roadmap/Assorts based on market specific seasonality, sales trends and opportunities while maintaining the Global Old Navy product vision.
  • Understands competitive environment; drives pricing strategy, proactively seeks market knowledge.
  • Work with Planning Analysts to ensure proper inventory flow for the right store, right size, right place, right time

Who You Are

  • Analytical Skills: Ability to think objectively and interpret meaningful themes from quantitative and qualitative data
  • Problem Solving & Decision Quality: Able to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
  • Collaboration: Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners
  • Influencing & Negotiation: Can present ideas and directions that lead others to action
  • Presentation Skills: Effective in a variety of presentation settings including one-on-one, small and large groups, and with peers and bosses.
  • Financial and Business Acumen: Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable information to drive results; proficiency in retail math
  • Systems and Tools Acumen: Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, and have aptitude to learn technical applications quickly
  • Process Management: Able to create and organize work and processes to get things done in the most efficient manner
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrate strong listening, written and oral communication skill

Benefits at Old Navy

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet for all employees.
  • One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.*
  • Employees can take up to five "on the clock" hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.*
  • Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee's base pay.*
  • Employee stock purchase plan.*
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
  • See more of the benefits we offer.

*For eligible employees

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