Posted on: April 2, 2021 | Job#: 355666

Director, Planning, Inventory Management

Full-time | San Francisco, CA, US


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About Old Navy

Forget what you know about old-school industry rules. When you work at Old Navy, you’re choosing a different path. From day one, we’ve been on a mission to democratize fashion and make shopping fun again. Our teams make style accessible to everyone, creating high-quality, must-have fashion essentials for the whole family, with love, season after season. 

We opened our first store in 1994 in San Francisco and have been on a roll ever since. We cultivate a community of playful personalities that thrive in a fast-paced environment where our employees can be their most authentic selves. Here, we’re family.

About the role

The Inventory Management Director is accountable for the strategy and coordination for the development, communication, and attainment of division/subdivision inventory management financial plans and goals. The IM Director leads the division or sub-division through the successful development, execution and communication of financial and inventory plans and strategies to meet or exceed sales, gross margin, GMROI and inventory goals. The IM Director is accountable for the continual success of the division/subdivision including articulating vision, measuring and developing talent, and ensuring successful operations of teams.

What you'll do

  • People Management
    • Manage team of Inventory Managers, Inventory Planners and Inventory Analysts and provide leadership by creating a collaborative, innovative and results-orientated environment
    • Balance workload priorities across division and departments to ensure successful execution of inventory management
    • Drive career development and skill development of teams to ensure job satisfaction, retention and future talent development
    • Accountable for communication of brand, business unit, and division strategies
  • Business Process Management
    • Evaluate and recap seasonal performance to influence future strategies
    • Develop seasonal flow forecasting strategies that incorporate DC and store inventory levels and store delivery timing
    • Lead continuous improvement process of IM processes to ensure ongoing effectiveness and efficiency
  • Financial Planning & Forecasting
    • Develop and communicate comprehensive (seasonal and long-term) division financial & product strategies
    • Ensure alignment of division plans to business unit objectives
    • Lead development of annual, seasonal, monthly and weekly merchandise plans
    • Develop allocation strategies that support pre-season and in-season objectives
    • Develop in-season financial strategies including pricing, promotions and markdowns that are optimized to deliver financial targets
    • Lead monthly open-to-buy process
    • Manage the reconciliation of business unit financial plans
  • Plan Management - Allocation
    • Guide department and divisional inventory parameters and replenishment plans to ensure alignment with strategic targets and consistency at division level
    • Develop allocation strategies that support pre-season and in-season objectives

Who you are

  • Organizational Savvy: Able to build constructive and effective relationships and use them to maneuver through complex situations
  • Influencing & Negotiation: Can present ideas and directions that lead others to action
  • Relationship Management: Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners
  • People Management: Establish clear direction and provides a empowering and challenging environment that brings out the best in people
  • Strategic Agility: Can create and articulate credible visions and competitive strategies
  • 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 and resources necessary to get things down efficiently and effectively
  • 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
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrates strong listening, written and oral communication skills
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 7-10 years work experience, preferable in Inventory Management
  • 4 years of supervisory experience

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Benefits at Old Navy

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet for all employees.
  • One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.*
  • Employees can take up to five “on the clock” hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.*
  • Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee’s base pay.*
  • Employee stock purchase plan.*
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
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*For eligible employees

Gap Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. We have received numerous awards for our long-held commitment to equality and will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive environment of belonging. This year, we’ve been named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Humans Rights Campaign for the fourteenth consecutive year and have been included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second year in a row.


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