The Cato Corporation, a leading specialty retailer of value-priced women’s fashion apparel with corporate offices located in Charlotte, North Carolina, operates three concepts: Cato, It’s Fashion and Versona Accessories. The Company has over 1,300 stores throughout the United States and a diverse workforce of approximately 10,000 associates. The Company’s stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “CATO".
Cato is seeking experienced Planning, Allocation & Control professionals for its merchandising team.
Director, Merchandise Planning, Allocation & Control
This position is responsible for all merchandise planning, allocation and control activities within assigned area of responsibility to include working with executive merchandising partners to understand the merchandising strategies for stores and eCommerce and directing the development of plans and allocations strategies that most profitably support this direction.
Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of 10 years retail planning experience; a college degree in business, retail, finance or related field; prior experience in an apparel retail organization; excellent managerial/leadership skills; collaborative aptitude; JDA Planning & Allocation systems and advanced Excel skills.
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 5 years planning and allocation experience and a college degree in fashion retail, business or related field.
This position is responsible for learning and applying knowledge to prepare effective financial plans and manage the plans for Cato stores & eCommerce. Analyze the effect of merchandising decisions on sales, markdowns, and profit. Prepare weekly open-to-buy reports with forecasts of sales, markdowns, inventory & profit. Work with senior planners and merchants to evaluate performance and make recommendations based on identified opportunities and risks. Requirements include 3 years experience in merchandise planning and allocation; four year college degree; strong technical skills in PC based systems as well as strong analytical, math, organization and communication (verbal and written) skills. Prior experience in a specialty retail organization is preferred.