The CATO Corporation, a leading specialty retailer of value-priced women’s fashion apparel with over 1,200 stores, is seeking individuals for its Planning & Allocation department located at its corporate office located in Charlotte, NC.
Manager, Store Planning & Allocation
This position is responsible for managing a team that focuses on maximizing sales and profit by properly assorting stores, reviewing the Assortment Planning process, implementing area’s overall allocation strategy, identifying store level analysis opportunities, and overall Allocation staff training and development.
Qualified candidates will possess a thorough understanding of product mix; strong analytical, organizational and communication skills; and proficient in Excel, Word, and Allocation software; preferably JDA. Prior planning and allocation experience in a specialty retail organization along with excellent managerial/leadership skills and collaborative aptitude. Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of 3 years planning and allocation experience and a college degree in fashion retail, business or related field.
As an Allocation Analyst, you will be trained to evaluate store performance and allocate merchandise according to monthly allocation strategies and assortment plans. This position works closely with merchandising and store operations to maximize sales and profitability.
Qualified applicants will possess strong analytical, organizational and communication skills, one year retail experience and working knowledge of Word and Excel. Prior experience with JDA Allocation and RDW software is a plus. A college degree in Fashion Retailing or Business is preferred.