Payless ShoeSource

  • Director, Merchandise Planning and Allocation Mens / safeTstep

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Position Type Regular
    Requisition ID
  • Overview

    FIND YOUR FIT with Payless ShoeSource as the Director – Planning & Distribution.

    You know who you are.  And you know what moves you.  That's why your chosen career should fit you as well as your favorite pair of shoes, every step of the way.  And that's what makes a career with Payless ShoeSource the perfect fit for you.

    The Director Merchandise Planning & Distribution leads the practical application of strategic initiatives in Planning and Distribution.  This role is a critical partner to the Senior Buyer along with the Allocation Manager.  They drive the business forward to achieve plan results.  The primary responsibility of this role is to align the assortment to the financial goals within the category throughout the planning life cycle. This role will report to the VP Planning & Distribution.



    • Direct planning and forecasting of key financial metrics by dept/class/week including sales, markdowns, adjustments, inventory, IMO, retails, costs, inventory $ and units aligned to departmental strategies.
    • Work with Demand Planner on development of assortment strategy for each dept, including style planning and assortment decisions, cluster differentiation, order placement, product flow to the stores, and ensuring appropriate levels of in stock, depth and balance across sizes.
    • Recruit, develop, manage and coach planning and distribution teams to build organizational talent
    • Responsible for communicating vision to the team and for close partnership with merchandising team to execute against the vision.
    • Direct high level analysis of business opportunities related to financials and distribution to maximize business results (ex. style plans, sizing, inventory levels, etc.)
    • Direct pricing execution and pricing (promotional and liquidation) impact to sales and margin plan
    • Collaborate on marketing strategies; direct planned sales and depth of feature product
    • Work closely with Field organization to understand customer and localized concerns and how that relates to the distribution of product – depth, quantities, and timing. Collaborate with Field organization on correctables.
    • Lead team to achieve positive financial results and develop associates
    • Ensure collaboration between Buying & Planning in execution of WIF



    • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field (or equivalent experience)
    • Seven to ten years of increasing responsibility in retail management
    • Experience in effectively planning and executing departmental strategy.
    • Ability to develop and retain superior organizational talent through coaching, teaching and mentoring.
    • Ability to establish strategy and guide team through strategic direction.
    • Ability to make operational decisions by analyzing facts in a timely manner to drive sales and margin.
    • Communicate with impact to guide relationships at Executive level to entry level.
    • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally to ensure a Customer Orientation across multiple departments.
    • Ability to lead team by communicating and driving business plans that reinforce company culture, champion projects and initiatives, improve sales and gain market share to maximize EBITDA.
    • Knowledge of Planning and Allocation Systems is preferred to guide strategic decisions impacting sales through inventory management.

    Payless ShoeSource is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  This business uses E-Verify in its hiring practices to achieve a lawful workforce.

    Payless ShoeSource is the largest specialty footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere, offering a vast array of style, brand and size selections at affordable prices for every member of the family. Founded in in 1956, today Payless serves millions of customers through our extensive global network of over 3,400 stores and an increasing eCommerce presence. We employ nearly 18,000 associates in over 40 countries worldwide and are committed to providing an inclusive work culture for all members of the Payless team.


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