The Retail Allocation Manager is responsible for managing a team of allocators to ensure inventory levels, assortments, quantities and size are appropriate to achieve the company’s sales and profitability objectives.
For over 50 years Vans has been about the people that have made the brand “Off The Wall”. The people that chose this simple canvas shoe and adopted it to express themselves creatively. At the end of the day it’s not only about the product, it’s what those products mean that make the difference – what they mean to those of us who design, manufacture, and market them, and what they mean to you, our Vans family, who affix our personality to your own.
This role closely collaborates with the Buying, Planning, Store Operations, and DC teams to develop and implement strategies for retail stores in both full price and outlet concepts.
What will you do?
Develop and manage merchandise allocation and replenishment strategies for Vans stores to support merchandise financial plans, inventory turn objectives, regional variances and store attributes across concepts, merchandise categories and for multiple Countries.
Direct the activities of the allocation team, partnering with the buyers and planners to develop and execute consistent strategies.
Direct and manage the process for store ranking and attributing for the major season buys.
Manage store and store category inventory to appropriate levels, and initiate adjustments as needed to support sales and minimize unproductive excess.
Monitor stores and styles to ensure that all appropriate model levels are maintained, fulfilled, and adjusted as needed.
Lead, develop, and motive the allocation team. Train associates on all aspects of allocation and replenishment (process, models, ranks, systems, etc.), and ensure consistent application and use of best practices.
Develop and maintain necessary merchandise reporting for key components of sales, inventory, and turn relative to allocation of product. Update with new reporting as needed.
Evaluate and recommend enhancements to process, tools, and systems used to drive the allocation of product for the retail business.
Support Information Systems for allocation, collaborating with the IT team as necessary. Evaluate and recommend enhancements to systems and tools to drive accurate allocation.
Work closely with cross functional partners in Store Operations, Merchandising, and Planning to identify business opportunities and minimize risks.
What you need to succeed?
* 5+ years’ experience prior experience in Retail Allocation.
fluent in English. Other languages will be a plus.
Proven experience in allocation and replenishment processes in a multi-unit international chain.
In-depth knowledge of store allocation philosophies and methodology.
Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills.
Advanced strong computer skills to include Excel, Email and other relevant Retail applications (experience with SAP and Allocation systems a plus).
Experience in managing a team.