Manager – Allocation job – ANN INC. – New York, NY

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The Allocation Manager, in support of organizational objectives, sets the workload and pace for the team providing necessary framework and deadlines for workload management; acts as a functional expert who identifies issues and root causes and can lead and guide the team to achieve desired results whether tactical or strategic development. The Allocation Manager has a strong presence and is a leader among the team, cross functional teams, and across Brands.


  • Lead and implement best practices &/or refine processes for Key Item management, in stocks and fashion buy validation •Partner with Merchants and Merchant Planning to vaildate buys preseason and any resolve issues •Help the team analyze quarterly department size hindsight and recommend sizing for stores and .com businesses •Manage in season allocation strategies with the team to ensure financial objectives are met •Lead the transition to a new Distribution Center (DC) and a 2 DC model by understanding the model, developing training and best practices, and partnering with the Allocation Managers from the other Brands. •Proven track record in managing a business and team to achieve financial targets and people goals •Ability to identify, recommend and coordinate innovative strategies which ensure competitive success •Interact with and formally present key strategies and action plans to all levels of management •Learn and become proficient in the Allocation system (MID) with the ability to teach/coach team and help Allocate as needed •Demonstrate strong project management skills with the ability to work both independently and in teams •Partner with direct reports and cross functional teams (ie Merchant Planning, Merchants, Store Planning, Sourcing) •Ensure functional financial success through leading inventory, store and size management by working towards meeting or exceeding sales and gross margin goals •Manage/support career development process of teams to ensure job satisfaction, talent retention and development •Provide timely direction and feedback to direct reports to foster skill development and performance improvement; provide supervisor with timely feedback on personal development and training needs


  • Financial and business acumen •Advanced analytical skills •Ability to lead and manage teams of people •Logical analysis and problem solving skills; flexible, adaptive and able to lead through to change •Microsoft Excel expert who is able to quickly learn new tools and applications quickly •Experience with allocation and reporting systems, preferably SAP •1-2 years supervisor experience •2-3 years experience as Planner or equivalent •3-5 years of diverse retail management, buying, planning, allocating or related experience desired •College degree or equivalent experience

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