Assortment Specialist

Posted Date: Jun-19-2019

Job ID: 14472

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Merchandising

City: Kent

State: Washington

Store: REI Headquarters is moving to Bellevue, Spring 2020!

What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by producing and analyzing $$/SQFT reporting to optimize the relationship between sales, profitability and space within retail locations.  Manages the inputs, timelines and communication with the Category Management process occurring twice yearly.  Serves as the Assortment Administrator inputting and managing data in the assortment planning tool as part of seasonal kick off.  Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.

  • Make determinations on and manage changes to Category Management groups through review of requests submitted by Store Managers, Retail Directors, Assortment Review Dashboard and other analysis as required.
  • Ownership of bi-annual Category Management Audit process including analysis, presentation and review of recommendations with Retail Directors; implementation of results for use in seasonal store clustering;
  • Assortment Administrator for seasonal set-up within the assortment planning system (Aptos) including determination of approach to minimize exceptions and efficiently execute product strategy; includes store clustering and width/dept set-up and entry; management of new store clustering process
  • Manage productivity reporting for $$/SQFT reporting and choice counts.  Make and summarize recommendations for high-level changes in space and assortment breadth.
  • Management, review and performance reporting on location attributes.  Partnering with Sr. Assortment Analyst on recommendations on areas of focus.
  • Stretch assignment work would include measuring and evaluating the efficacy of location-based assortment initiatives; quantifies and communicates results to stakeholders; delivers insights and recommendations to structure future initiatives.
  • Leading the coordination of hand offs between the Planning Administrator and Assortment Administrator work.
  • Administration of Category Management timelines, retail inputs, new store process organization
  • Calendar management for all Assortment Planning team milestones to inform Merchandising and Cross Divisional Partners.
  • Develops and Maintains the floor set and delivery cycle calendar.  Makes recommendations when there are opportunities for better alignment or potential conflict across areas.

Bring your passion and expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Merchandising or relevant field of study
  • 2+ years progressively responsible Merchandising experience to include analysis, planning and understanding of customer/product trends
  • Elevated proficiency in MS Office suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Experience with advanced Excel functions including Pivot Tables, Index/Match, VLOOKUP, conditional formatting, macros, charting, formula audit, nested formulas and VBA.  Working knowledge of SQL to query and manipulate data preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to balance quantitative data and qualitative business input to make sound and effective decisions
  • Recognition of patterns, trends and relationships between customer needs, products and locations
  • Ability to distill actionable information from large data sets, summarize, translate and use information to influence strategy and direction 
  • Ability to shift communication style, recognize and deliver relevant content across a wide range of audience preferred
  • Capable of navigating ambiguity and change; inspires others to be open to, and adopt new ways of thinking/working
  • General learning orientation with focus on building trust with business partners; driven by understanding the viewpoints of and impacts to stakeholders.
  • Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals.
  • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers.
  • Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work.
  • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals.
  • Clearly conveys and accurately receives information by a variety of methods and in various situations.
  • Builds rapport with all kinds of people inside and outside the organization.
  • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile organizational goals.
  • Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change.

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 22 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 150 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 13,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:

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