Manager, Inventory Planning Strategy

Job ID: 149152 
Location Name: CA-FSC SF Off (0174)
Address: 525 Market St, 32nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States (US)
Job Type: Full Time
Position Type (Regular/Temporary): Regular
Job Function: Inventory Management

Position: Manager, Inventory Planning Strategy

Location: San Francisco, CA


Supply Chain:

Planning, forecasting and allocating product are the crucial first steps in the product’s journey to our clients. It takes analytical, strategic, and results-oriented inventory management professionals to build our brand partnerships, forecast client behaviors and optimize inventory levels across our network. Operations and logistics complete the products’ journey into our clients’ hands. Our energetic and innovative team continually improves speed and accuracy on our promise to our clients in a fast growing and ever-evolving marketplace. It’s one thing to create experiences -- but the key is in delivering them


Your role at Sephora:

As a Manager, Inventory Planning Strategy, you will work to improve the effectiveness of the inventory team through information, tools, and process improvements, as well as support strategic initiatives to drive sales and improve inventory efficiencies.  Reporting to the Senior Director, you will serve as a communication channel & change agent, ensuring the adoption of a lean approach to supply chain and focus on continuous process improvements and partner with cross-function teams to build alignment and support for inventory initiatives.  In addition, you will:



  • Serve as a “thought leader” to Supply Chain team to help define current state situation, assess gaps in process/capabilities/talent, and assist in development of the future state in line with strategic initiatives
  • Lead and support internal “deep dives” related to business performance improvement initiatives, including the evaluation of current process and effectiveness of associated control(s) and deliver recommendations to improve processes, systems, and related training.
  • Conduct annual department-wide functional training needs assessment to identify skill or knowledge gaps



  • Define lean competencies and process improvement activities needed at all levels within Inventory Management
  • Collaborate with cross-functional business partners and individual contributors to align on skills enhancement training, development opportunities and process improvements needed to eliminate non-value added activities and redundancy
  • Participate in shaping the overall supply chain direction and strategy through involvement in cross functional projects and initiatives



  • Conduct workshops, skill enhancement events and provide guidance on the lean transformation process in order to support inventory management objectives
  • Develop and upgrade Sephora materials, modules, and structures focused on lean supply chain process improvements
  • Partner with internal stakeholders and liaise with subject matter experts regarding the design and preparation of educational aids and training materials
  • Support the development and training of user based systems and tools



  • Work with leadership to drive tangible and measurable improvements in inventory management processes through leadership, training and coaching of supply chain associates. Track key performance indicators and report back to leadership on improvement and efficiency gains
  • Identify and share best practices across worlds and channels
  • Inform and market available training & skills enhancement opportunities to associates
  • Lead process improvement projects
  • Liaise with training and education team to help assess and develop training to address soft skill deficiencies


We’re excited about you if you have:

  • 8+ years of inventory management (planning/allocation) experience within a retail environment; beauty retail experience a plus
  • Strong numbers aptitude; able to compile statistical reports
  • Problem solving, time management and analytical skills; able to handle multiple priorities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; organizationally savvy and relevant interpersonal skills
  • Effective at presenting complex information to all size audiences
  • Demonstrated functional training skills; strong leader and managerial capabilities
  • Excellent technical skills – MS Office (Excel, Access), AS400 experience a plus
  • Flexible; team player; self-starter


You’ll love working here because:

  • The people. You will be surrounded by some of the most talented, supportive, smart, and kind leaders and teams – people you can be proud to work with.
  • The product. Employees enjoy a product discount and receive free product (“gratis”) various times throughout the year. (Think your friends and family love you now? Just wait until you work at Sephora!)
  • The business. It feels good to win – and Sephora is a leader in the retail industry, defining experiential retail with a digital focus and creating the most loved beauty community in the world…with the awards and accolades to back it up.
  • The perks. Sephora offers comprehensive medical benefits, generous vacation/holiday time off, commuter benefits, and “Summer Fridays” (half-days every Friday between Memorial and Labor Day)…and so much more.
  • The LVMH family. Sephora’s parent company, LVMH, is one of the largest luxury groups in the world, providing support to over 70 brands such as Louis Vuitton, Celine, Marc Jacobs, and Dior.


Working at Sephora’s Field Support Center (FSC)

Our North American operations are based in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, but you won’t hear us call it a headquarters – it’s the Field Support Center (FSC). At the FSC, we support our stores in providing the best possible experience for every client. Dedicated teams cater to our client’s every need by creating covetable assortments, curated content, compelling storytelling, smart strategy, skillful analysis, expert training, and more. It takes a lot of curious and confident individuals, disrupting the status quo and taking chances. The pace is fast, the fun is furious, and the passion is real. We never rest on our laurels. Our motto? If it’s not broken, fix it.


Sephora is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military/veteran status, or disability status. Sephora is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Sephora will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.



SEPHORA has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its debut in 1970s Paris. Sephora was acquired by luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1997 then launched stateside in 1998, and is currently home to 200 world-class brands - including its own private label, SEPHORA COLLECTION. Sephora's curated assortment features more than 14,000 products including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools and more. Sephora is the beauty education hub, offering consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes, one-on-one service from Personal Beauty Advisors, and exclusive retail technology SKINCARE IQ, COLOR IQ, and FRAGRANCE IQ. Sephora is an international force in beauty, and its award-winning website and ever-growing presence on social-media make it the world's premier digital beauty destination.

Full time
San Francisco, CA 94105, US