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Supply Chain
239102 Requisition #





Lead and guide an inventory planning team in the creation and execution of inventory management plans and strategies across all Channels (Stores and E-Comm) and Geographies (US and Canada).  Partner with Cross-Functional Merchandising and Merchandise Planning leaders to align on brand initiatives that deliver sales, margin and inventory turn goals through strategic decision-making and guidance.

As a leader within this team, the Sr. Manager of Inventory Planning will also be a key cross-functional partner across the organization and champion/ challenge the team to deliver great value. You will inspire your team and lead efforts to deliver sound operational results; exceeding customer expectations, delivering innovation and developing a talented team.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Setting and driving Inventory planning strategies for specific division(s) that aligns with Brand goals and Supply Chain initiatives
  • Driving, influencing and evolving inventory strategies to meet or exceed sales, gross margin and inventory turn goals
  • Partnering with Merchandising and Merchandise Planning leaders to ensure alignment of goals and anticipated results
  • Providing clear strategic and tactical direction to your teams (Manager/Assoc. Manager) that supports company/ brand/ division goals as well as Supply Chain goals (inventory placement, positioning and principles)
  • Communicating a strategic vision that best supports Company goals/performance; including communication to ELT members and other key cross functional leaders/ partners; exercising your voice and expertise to drive recommendations and improvements 
  • Partnering with Supply Chain leaders to identify and opportunities to evolve inventory management (positioning, placement and principles) to deliver on Supply Chain and Corporate/Brand Goals
  • Partnering with leadership to conduct robust hind-sighting, and developing future inventory strategies; mobilizing a team around departmental goals and ensuring results are met
  • Leading Inventory Planning teams to improve inventory management through process/systems improvements and resource utilization
  • Exhibiting leadership qualities to move the business forward through the collective talents and efforts of self and others; communicating clear goals/expectations and standards on an on-going basis including varying levels of communication for direct reports, support teams, associates, cross-functional teams and business-facing updates
  • Empowering team members to deliver results against established goals and priorities, while creating an environment where everyone can do their best work
  • Managing the career growth and development of Inventory Planning Managers/Assoc. Managers; actively focusing on succession planning to accommodate needs within Inventory Planning, Merchandise Planning and Supply Chain; building future bench of talent 
  • Actively participating in intern/teammate training programs as High Level mentor
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned



  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Logistics, Finance or related field, or equivalent experience; advanced degree (Master’s / MBA) a plus.
  • 6-8 years specialty retail Allocation, Store and/or Merchandise planning experience.
  • 3+ years in leadership role/supervisory experience
  • In-depth retail math knowledge. Overall retail knowledge and business awareness.
  • Prior experience using Blue Yonder Demand and Fulfillment, Enterprise Planning and/or demand planning tools within a specialty retailer preferred.
  • High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, prioritization, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team and while leading a team.
  • Ability to work with and influence senior management.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.


AEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity ("EEO") laws. AEO prohibits discrimination against associates and applicants for employment because of the individual's race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital or partnership status, domestic violence or stalking victim status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This applies to all AEO activities, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, performance evaluation, discipline and discharge. AEO also provides reasonable accommodation of religion and disability in accordance with applicable law.

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