Inventory Planner, Accessories and Footwear


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Inventory Planner, Accessories and Footwear, Athleta


San Francisco, United States


Executive / Coordinator





Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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What you'll do

The role of the Inventory Management team is to manage the financial success of one or more categories by meeting sales, gross margin, and inventory productivity goals. The IM Planner owns product category end to end considering channel differences, but planning and managing the inventory holistically to maximize the category. This work requires strong analytical and story-telling skills, the ability to build close partnerships with other functions, and a focus on executing best in class customer experience while delivering/exceeding financial targets.

  • Learning Agility
  • Resourcefulness
  • Strategic Orientation
  • Collaboration and Influencing


    • Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risk and opportunity for one or more categories
    • Manage the pre-season planning process and develop division/department or class financial plans. Ensure plans support broader brand/category strategies
    • Collaborate with merchandising partners to set pre-season detailed assortment sales and investment plans that align with top-line class level plans
    • Responsible for in-season open-to-buy activities at class level
    • Ensure receipt accuracy to support in-season management and recommended chase, air and/or proper receipt flow
    • Strategize, recommend and execute in-season pricing to maximize business goals and consider impacts across channels
    • Develop month forecasts of sales and inventory for Basics, as required
    • Communicate financial results, forecasts, and action plans to Manager and/or Director and cross-functional team on a weekly basis
    • Represent department/product category point of view in key meetings
    • Work with peers to ensure consistency of information
    • Develop strong working relationships with members of cross-functional team (merchandising, production, planning, company planning, store planning, store operations)
    • 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

Who you are

    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
    • 2-4 years work experience, preferred
    • Financial and Business Acumen: Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable information to drive results; proficiency in retail math
    • Problem Solving & Decision Quality: Able to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
    • Influencing & Negotiation: Can present ideas and directions that lead others to action
    • Systems and Tools Acumen: Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, and have aptitude to learn technical applications quickly
    • Collaboration: Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners
    • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
    • Demonstrate strong listening, written and oral communication skills
    • Omni-channel experience a plus

About Us

Athleta was born in Sonoma County, created by athletes (mostly women) who love the great outdoors. We believe that being fit and active makes life richer and bigger than it could possibly be otherwise. And we’ve seen firsthand how fitness nourishes the mind, body and heart, and opens up new worlds for us. Most importantly, what we have learned along this journey is that alone we are strong, but united we thrive. Our stores have become hubs for their communities to meet, inspire and ignite each other into realizing their limitless potential. For all women and girls, no matter our body types or sports ability, there is no end to what is possible when we join together.