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Position Description:


The Analyst, Inventory Planning works within Supply Chain/Merchandising, and is responsible for partnering with merchants to develop and implement inventory strategies that maximize sales and inventory productivity for a merchandising category. To maximize sales and inventory productivity, it is critical that the Analyst maintain the appropriate in-stock positions and manage inventory in the most effective manner across both stores and SKUs. This Analyst will work closely with merchants, vendors, stores, transportation, distribution, and sourcing to accomplish team goals.

The Analyst, Inventory Planning is responsible for creating accurate SKU forecasts, developing the inventory and replenishment strategy, managing parameters for each category to execute the replenishment strategy, achieving target in-stock levels and planned inventory turns, and developing recommendations to improve inventory productivity. The Inventory Analyst also works with our stores and field leadership to execute their category strategies.

A typical Analyst:

– Manages 15 vendors

– Manages $120m of inventory.

– Supports $500m of annual sales.


  • 50% In partnership with the Merchant, create strategies and tactics that deliver financial objectives: Sales, Margin, Turns; Product transitions, flow and exit strategies; Seasonal category and SKU strategies to both enter and exit season; Pricing and promotional activity
  • 10% Achieve in-stock and turn targets
  • 10% Coordinate needs across supply chain partners
  • 10% Manage category to open-to-buy targets
  • 10% Provide analysis to improve category performance
  • 10% Build and maintain relationships with merchants, suppliers, stores, and supply chain partners


Reports to Manager, Inventory Planning

No direct responsibility for supervising others.


Environment: Located in a comfortable indoor area. Any unpleasant conditions would be infrequent and not objectionable.

Travel: Typically requires overnight travel less than 10% of the time.



Must be eighteen years of age or older.

Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.

Education Required: The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a high school diploma and/or GED.

Physical Requirements: Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about. On rare occasions there may be a need to move or lift light articles.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidate must have demonstrated strong analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to quickly retrieve, manipulate, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Strong quantitative skills through knowledge of statistics and quantitative data analysis and interpretation.
  • Ability to translate analysis to audience and communicate recommendations.
  • BA/BS degree preferred

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies: 

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel. 
  • Understanding of Inventory Management Principles 
  • Understanding of Data Analytics 
  • Understanding of Inventory Management Systems 
  • Financial Acumen Skills 
  • Understanding of Merchandising Strategy, Merchandising Execution (Field), and Store Operations 
  • Understanding of the Supply Chain and Merchandising Process 
  • Understanding of Distribution, Transportation, and Supplier Manufacturing Principles
  • Critical thinking skills to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions; ability to understand and foresee implications of new information for current and future problem solving. 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills. Ability to persuade and influence others. 
  • Strong ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities at once. 
  • Strong self-starter with ability to work with little supervision and ability to work with a team. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.