Divisional Vice President, Merchandise Planning & Replenishment

Posted Date: Nov-12-2021

Job ID: 22304

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Executive Leadership

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: No



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What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by providing leadership and strategic direction to the planning and inventory management team to achieve strategic membership, activity, and financial goals and drive the core and transformation agenda.  The Divisional Vice President, Merchandise Planning, and Replenishment, Softgoods (Apparel and Footwear) develops long term strategic plans and inventory strategies in partnership with the DVP of Merchandising, Softgoods. This person owns key initiatives of the transformation agenda across planning, assortment, procurement, information and replenishment/allocation. Reporting to the Vice President of Planning, Inventory Management and Solutions this leader has direct supervision over Director’s of Planning and Replenishment and a team of 40+.  Leading the transformation to a customer centric merchandising organization for $2+ billion in annual revenue improving systems, processes and culture.


This leader works closely with the DVP, Merchandising and Divisional Merchandising Manager’s to set direction and priorities for the merchandising division that support REI’s membership, customer and activity goals.  Collaborates with stores, digital, supply chain, marketing, Co-op brands and FP&A to understand cross divisional business needs.  Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.

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Essential Leadership Behaviors

  • As a member of the Leadership Forum, develops a deep understanding of, effectively communicates and broadly supports execution of company strategies and priorities.
  • Translates company strategies into actionable divisional plans and executes successful delivery.
  • Works cross-divisionally to drive execution of specific divisional and company strategies, initiatives and projects.
  • Strengthens retail staff’s access and connection to leadership through annual store visits and district conference calls; drives engagement and builds trust in REI’s leaders.
  • Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the organization promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results.
  • Supports the implementation of company programs, procedures, methods and practices to promote REI key messages.
  • Challenges and inspires employees to achieve business results.
  • Ensures employees adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.
  • Oversees training and development of employees directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.
  • Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews.
  • Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to employees to achieve department, company and customer results.
  • Establishes and maintains visibility within the department.
  • Monitors operational statistics, reports trends, variances and issues, and takes appropriate action.
  • Lead all planning and inventory management strategies for multiple merchandise category shops of business: whole softgoods business.
  • Lead and own key elements of the customer centric merchandising transformation initiatives in planning, assortment, procurement, information and replenishment/allocation.
  • Creates and implements 2–5-year strategic business and vendor plans for achieving membership, activity, impact, financial and customer goals for the division
  • Lead cross divisional initiatives and teams across the co-op inclusive of retail, digital, marketing, supply chain and customer insights
  • Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the organization promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results.
  • Drives and supports initiatives to make REI a fully inclusive, multi-cultural, anti-racist organization.
  • Team leadership and development – focus on continuous improvement, performance and potential
  • Leverage expert knowledge to establish, implement and maintain best practices methodologies for merchandise planning (pre-season & in-season financial, assortment, item, location and space), forecasting, inventory management via allocation & replenishment.
  • Provide leadership across all planning and inventory management functions concerning analysis, generation of actionable insight, promoting a data first mindset and test and learn approach.
  • Directs company financial planning process ensuring bottoms-up planning reconciles with company top-down direction.
  • Collaborates with FP&A, Supply Chain, Retail/Digital and Marketing to deliver an aligned and reconciled company membership, activity, sales, margin and inventory plan.
  • Stays current on industry best practices in merchandising planning and inventory management processes.
  • Aggressively drive current and future customer centric merchandising processes and systems utilization within areas of responsibility.
  • Facilitate clear communication between product management, stores, supply chain, digital, marketing, co-op brands, merchandise planning and inventory management teams.
  • Ensures business continuity plan is developed, communicated and aligned with company priorities.

Professional Qualifications and Experience

  • Significant Merchandising Planning experience including management, assortment planning, financial planning, item planning, location planning, inventory management (forecasting, replenishment and allocation) and analysis.
  • Expert Knowledge of retail, merchandising and end-to-end supply chain process in a multi-channel retail environment.
  • Experience with supply chain management and inventory management systems.
  • Demonstrated success in leading efforts to maximize space productivity.
  • Experience leading and developing strategic direction for merchandising planning and inventory management processes, change management and business readiness.
  • Merchandising system working knowledge and experience: with SAP, Oracle, or other ERP system preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of cost accounting.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, supply chain, analytics, or mathematics.
  • Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts.
  • Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best.
  • Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts.
  • Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best.
  • Establishes trust and inspires others.
  • Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics.
  • Delivers on commitments and holds others to same.
  • Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest.
  • 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.
  • Fosters change in company direction.
  • Effectively plans and executes changes.
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At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 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 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 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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