- Bachelor's Degree
- Master's Degree
The Assortment Optimization Analyst / Space Planner is a key associate on the Merchandise Planning and Allocation team. In this role, you will build and own a visual merchandising strategy that is encompassing of our overall company strategy and vision, as well as, based on customer shopping behaviors. They will work collaboratively, blending art and science, using both financial and consumer information to form recommendations enabling decisions that lead to greater profitability and an improved customer shopping experience.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILTIES include, but are not limited to:
Perform advanced quantitative analysis utilizing internal and external sources to identify growth opportunities by interpreting customer and market behaviors.
Design, articulate, and implement recommendations, based on findings from analysis, that support and increase emphasis on customer centricity and localization
Measure results of implemented strategies to ensure strategies are achieving expectations
Own the visual merchandising strategy for product categories within PetSmart that align with customer shopping behavior and decision trees (price, brand or feature, etc.)
Create and/or maintain planogram assignments within JDA Space Planning that adheres to best practices, standards, and utmost accuracy for seamless in-store execution.
Partner with buying, financial planning, and allocation teams to ensure merchandising strategy aligns to overall product category strategies.
Partner with other cross-functional groups (fixture, marketing, store operations, pricing, etc.) to gain alignment on strategy and the execution of that strategy.
Maintain and set future merchandising at the Merchandise Development Center (Simulated Store) to present and review with leadership and cross-functional partners.
Accountable for adherence to category release timelines
Ultimately responsible for communicating through a “planogram” the strategic intent of the category reset, as well as, the detailed execution notes on “how to” execute in-store.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree in Business or Retail from four-year college and/or five years related professional experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA a plus.
Retail experience is highly preferred.