The Manager of Space Management must maintain a global understanding of the total store space productivity and be able to make fact-based recommendations on space reallocation to drive business strategies that support our key company objectives; the maximization of Sales/GM/Turnover/Customer Experience. Address and resolve space conflicts with informed analysis and recommendations. Achieves these results through the leadership of a group of Space Management analysts, focusing on coaching, development, and ensuring that key deliverables are met in a timely and accurate manner. This role is also responsible for ensuring proper alignment of the cross functional merchandising team to ensure proper execution of our strategies. Manages overall Visual Workflow timeline to ensure on time and accurate communication to the field. Drives productivity improvements for the Space and Floor team.
Responsible for the development of store specific seasonal/quarterly category financial plans in support of the company financial plans. Create ad-hoc analysis to react to current and future business trends and adjust as needed.
Coordinate with space and floor planning teams to ensure that merchandise and space plans are complete and accurate for new stores, remodels, and prototypes. Create forecast model Heat Maps and provide space recommendations for potential new stores and remodels.
Collaborate with business partners to ensure we are delivering our plans in support of corporate initiatives. Analyze performance metrics to ensure we are driving sales and improving store productivity while creating store specific DNA profiles. Must be able to identify and surface business risks and opportunities, providing sound recommendations to proactively manage.
Take a lead role in the presentation of seasonal prototypes providing insight into what is working, what is not working, regional and seasonal opportunities for business, etc. Influence business partners by presenting sound analysis and impacts to the overall business, while maintaining key seasonal strike points, category visual presentation and preferred adjacencies.
Support the Director/ VP with leadership and organization of ad hoc projects. Proficient in quickly delivering accurate analysis, that is both actionable and presentable to senior levels of management.
Process/Process Development and Strategy Management:
Manage each draw cycle from collection of initiative information to prototype approval through to store feedback, ensuring that the information delivered along the way is on time and accurate.
Understand the impact of space moves on brand shops and graphics through partnership with Retail Integration and In Store design teams.
Coordinate with the merchant organization (DMM, GMM, VP of Replenishment) to translate their strategic vision into store specific and prototypical floorplans with consideration for brand image, space allocation, category adjacencies, item placement and customer experience. Provide necessary information to partners to improve assortment decisions and inventory levels.
Collaborate with Category floor planners to provide fact-based recommendations on space reallocation to resolve conflicting requests between departments
Utilize knowledge of customer needs/wants to implement system settings, processes, and procedures that maximize the experience of internal and external customers
Monitor store feedback mailbox and conduct root cause analysis on feedback to proactively reduce the quantity and type of questions and drive productivity improvements
Continual development of the system to provide the cutting-edge level of reporting to service our internal clients to make better, more fact based business decisions. Manage and enhance the system on a regular basis.
Cross Functional Partnerships:
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of cross-functional teams (Buyers, Planning, Allocation, Marketing, Store Operations, Risk and LP) Collaborate with peers to ensure consistency of information, share best practices and develop knowledge. Participate in cross functional team projects to facilitate change and improvement with processes, systems, people, etc. to help the organization grow.
Manage the Visual Planning Calendar Process and Timeline. Activities include the creation of the annual calendar, ensuring the timeline accurately balances required merchandising activities with store workload budget. This will require the development and maintenance of effective working relationships with the Merchants, Marketing and Store operations teams.
Partner with business owners on resolutions when conflicts exist
Participate in Regional and Store specific conference calls and meetings to identify store needs and opportunities.
Develop action plan to resolve these needs and capitalize on opportunities. \
Build relationships with RVP, DMM, Stores and FVM in order to lead conversations regarding current performance, opportunities for improvements and positioning for future initiatives.
Supervising and Developing Talent:
Mentor, train, develop and manage day-to day activities of Space Management analysts. They also encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; facilitates the implementation and acceptance of change within the organization.
Be the subject matter expert on all systems and processes used within Space Management and share experiential knowledge with the members of the team. Participate in special projects, key initiatives, and system updates as requested by Director of Space Management.
Provide direct reports with timely and regular feedback to support associate development/ growth in role. Conduct mid-year and year end reviews for direct reports. Provide supporting documentation and input pertaining to talent calibration.
Drive talent selection process for open direct report positions. Establish strategic staffing and succession plans (0-2-year horizon) within span of control and gain Director support; successfully deliver on proposed staffing objectives.
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COMMITTED TO INCLUSION & DIVERSITY.
We actively seek to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, reflecting the communities we serve. Doing so strengthens our ability to serve all our athletes and drive innovation and growth.
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GET BETTER EVERY DAY.
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What we’re looking for
7-10 Years of Experience in Statistics, Mathemetics, Business Management, Marketing, Merchandising or Operations, Finance
Experience in retail space planning or store design preferred. Experience in retail merchandising, store management, buying or inventory management is required.
JDA Intactix Suite – Space, Floor, IKB
Highly proficient in MS Excel required; some VBA skills preferred