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Manager, Inventory Management - Williams Sonoma

Requisition Number: WS-14563
Area of Interest: Inventory Management
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Full-time


Our Company

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.

Position Summary

Hire, train, supervise and develop planning teams. Develop annual and seasonal financial plans, assortment plans and unit plans for areas of responsibility. Review and approve buy plans and distribution strategies.

Specific Responsibilities

* Travel to stores and distribution center to ensure inventory levels support sales and understand the inventory needs.
* Recommend annual and seasonal financial plans based on merchandising strategies in conjunction with merchandising DMM.
* Recommend inventory strategies to maximize sales and profits.
* Oversee the development of buy plans based on merchandising strategies.
* Review and approve distributions strategies.
* Provide receipt flow projections to Director.
* Understand distribution center capacity and processing capabilities and resolve issues in a timely manner.
* Resolve back stock issues.
* Determine and prioritize workload for staff; recommend effective processes and procedures to improve results.
* Mentor, educate and develop staff.
* Review department financial forecasts ((OTB)/Rolling forecast) with planner and merchant and take appropriate action.
* Review visual floor set to insure appropriate inventory in-stock requirements.
* Hire train, supervise and develop planners and distribution analysts.
* Provide direction, objectives and appraisal of staff.
* Resolve issues with store organization.
* Achieve sales, inventory and margin goals for areas of responsibility.
* Insure all team members are trained and are able to utilize systems.
* Responsible for managing to financial plans.
* Communicate business strategies to team members.



* 3-5 years retail experience.
* 3+ years planning and inventory management.
* 5+ years business experience.
* 1-2 years people management experience.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Personal Competencies

* Global Business Acumen -- Understand the complexity of business on a global scale. Embrace cultural and individual differences with empathy. Work with the nuances of specific local cultures to make informed decisions.

* Strategic and Analytical Capability -- Ability to think globally, strategically, and objectively. Effectively translates data into actionable insights, strategies and financial plans.

* Leading Teams -- Attracts, develops and motives the talent needed for current and future business requirements. Articulates an inspiring vision for the future, establishes high performance expectations and sets example through own behavior. Ensures alignment of individual goals with overall business objectives. Coaches team members to success and holds individuals accountable for achieving results.

* Drive for Results -- Credibility earned through delivering results. Balances urgent and effective action, commitment to excellence, taking initiative to resolve problems and work quality. Demonstrates high initiative and provides leadership in a project-oriented environment.

* Effective Communication -- Communicates clearly and effectively with associates at all levels, board members, external partners and customers. Strong verbal and written presentation skills including the ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way and to tailor key messages and presentation style to multiple audiences.

* Influence and Collaboration -- Builds and sustains collaborative relationships at multiple levels in the company. Able to work through complex disagreements and conflict to achieve resolution. Builds trust by including others and by keeping the cross-functional teams focused on the success of the entire company.


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.