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Sr. Manager of Allocation

Overview: The Allocation Manager is responsible for the successful end-to-end Inventory Management (product life cycle) of multiple Division and or departments. They lead a multi-functional team of Allocators and Distribution Planners through the successful development, execution and communications of financial and inventory plans and strategies to meet or exceed sales, gross margin, GMROI and inventory goals.


Key Roles and Responsibilities:


People Management

  • Manage team of Distribution Planners and Allocators by creating a collaborative, innovative and results-orientated environment
  • Balance workload priorities across departments and team to ensure successful execution of inventory management
  • Support the career development and skill development of team to ensure job satisfaction, retention and future talent development


Business Process Management

  • Maintain Business Processes and serve as subject-matter expert for process improvements
  • Act as primary trainer for staff on processes and operating models
  • Participate in strategic projects for process system and operating improvements


Financial Planning & Forecasting

  • Develop and communicate comprehensive department financial & product strategies and ensure alignment of multiple department plans and connect to financial targets and OTB
  • Be an active participant in  top-down to bottom-up department plans to division plans and forecasts
  • Recommend actions based on bottom-up flow forecasts for multiple departments
  • Actively participate in open-to-buy activities at division and department levels incorporating call outs from the flow forecasts in terms of opportunity and or risk to the financial forecast
  • Recommend departmental strategies for packing pre-packs, size balancing and inventory balancing and forecasting optimization
  • Work with the forecasting director to ensure proper seasonal factors/curves as well as tuning of the forecast for best business results


Plan Management

  • Develop department wide risk mitigation plans and execute when appropriate


Skills Required:

  • Analytic Skills: Ability to think objectively and interpret meaningful themes from quantitative and qualitative data
  • 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
  • Planning & Priority Setting: Demonstrate an ability to set objectives and goals and organize work appropriately to meet and exceed goals
  • Process Management: Can identify and articulate the processes necessary to get things down efficiently and effectively
  • 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
  • Risk Management: Anticipate risks and identifies contingency plans and processes to prevent disruptions when risks occur
  • Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrates strong listening, written and oral communication skillsImplement consistent and profitable in-season replenishment strategies and practices


J.Crew Group, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, legally protected physical or mental disability or any other basis protected under applicable law.

Full time
New York, New York 10003, US