Manager, Boys, Inventory Management

Old Navy makes current American fashion essentials accessible to every family. From day one, Old Navy was a revolution. We were something the world had never seen - fabulous, affordable fashion. We didn't take ourselves too seriously, and we broke the industry's rules. We said fashion didn't have to be just for rich people - it could be for everyone. We opened our first store in 1994 in San Francisco and have been on a roll ever since. Today, customers can shop for their must-have fashion essentials online as well as in one of our 1,000+ stores located globally.

When you work at Old Navy, you're choosing a different path (and a pretty awesome one at that). We believe that style and quality should be accessible to everyone and we work hard to make that possible. Truth is, in fashion, it's easy to be exclusive. It takes a lot more creativity, guts and drive to be inclusive. What we believe in today is exactly what we believed in when we started: we're on a mission to democratize fashion and make shopping fun again. Sound good to you?

Old Navy – a brand for everyone, a place for you.

General Summary:

The Inventory Management Manager is responsible for the successful end-to-end Inventory Management of multiple departments. The IM Manager leads a team of Inventory Planners and Inventory Analysts through the successful development, execution and communications of financial and inventory plans and strategies to meet or exceed sales, gross margin, GMROI and inventory goals.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

People Management

  • Manage team of Inventory Planners and Inventory Analysts and provide leadership by creating a collaborative, innovative and results-orientated environment
  • Balance workload priorities across division and departments to ensure successful execution of inventory management
  • Accountable for career development and skill development of teams to ensure job satisfaction, retention and future talent development
  • Develop IM bench-strength and a talent pipeline through active participation in recruiting and succession planning

Business Process Management - Supply Chain Operations

  • Maintain IM business processes and serve as subject matter expert for process improvements
  • Balance team workload thru multiple process steps (including buy planning, pre-release forecasting and weekly re-forecasting)
  • Act as primary trainer for staff on IM processes and operating models

Financial Planning - Forecasting

  • Manage the development of annual, seasonal, monthly and weekly merchandise plans, as appropriate
  • Develop and communicate comprehensive department financial & product strategies
  • Ensure alignment of multiple department plans to divisional objectives
  • Reconcile top-down & bottoms-up department plans to division plans and forecasts
  • Manage monthly department level open-to-buy activities
  • Develop multiple department level pricing recommendations and strategies in alignment with divisional financial plans
  • Recommend departmental strategies for packing pre-packs, size balancing and inventory balancing

Plan Management - Allocation

  • Implement consistent and profitable in-season replenishment strategies and practices
  • Lead teams in assessing and executing exceptions for in-season replenishment
  • Develop department wide risk mitigation plans & execute when appropriate



Skills Required:

  • Analytic Skills: Ability to think objectively and interpret meaningful themes from quantitative and qualitative data
  • Financial and Business Acumen: Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable information to drive results; proficiency in retail math
  • Problem Solving & Decision Quality: Able to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
  • Relationship Management: Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners
  • Presentation Skills: Effective in a variety of presentation settings including one-on-one, small and large groups, and with peers and bosses.
  • Influencing & Negotiation: Can present ideas and directions that lead others to action
  • Planning & Priority Setting: Demonstrate an ability to set objectives and goals and organize work appropriately to meet and exceed goals
  • Process Management: Can identify and articulate the processes necessary to get things down efficiently and align resources effectively complete activities
  • Systems and Tools Acumen: Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, and have aptitude to learn technical applications quickly
  • Risk Management: Anticipate risks and identifies contingency plans and processes to prevent disruptions when risks occur
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrates strong listening, written and oral communication skills


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years work experience, preferable in Inventory Management
  • 2 years of supervisory experience, preferred

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