Senior Analyst, Gap North America Company Planning
In 1969, Don and Doris Fisher opened the first Gap store on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco. They wanted to make it easier to find a great pair of jeans, and they did. Their denim and records store was a hit, and it grew to become one of the world's most iconic brands.
Today we're represented in more than 1400 stores in over 40 countries, and online. We have headquarters in New York, London, Shanghai, Tokyo, and, of course, San Francisco.
Our unique aesthetic is optimistic cool, elevated American style. Our clothes are crafted with care, with focused attention to thoughtful design. We believe in staying true to our heritage while creating what's next.
Don and Doris Fisher always wanted to "do more than sell clothes." They wanted to support the people who ran their company, to be active in their communities, and to have a positive impact on the world. Their vision helped transform retail, and we're still following their lead.
We stand for freedom and possibility for all; we champion diverse ideas that transcend generations, geographies and genders.
So if you have ideas, if you're talented, if you want to work with phenomenal people, and if you think we should leave the world a little better than we found it, we'd love to meet you.
This position is part of Gap North America (NA) Company Planning which leads sales, margin, and inventory planning for Gap specialty stores in NA. The position plays an integral role in developing the annual operating budget & monthly forecast for sales, gross margin, and inventory metrics, while also helping drive profitable in-season inventory management. The Company Planning function is part of the Finance team, with primary business partners being the Gap NA leadership team, Gap NA Inventory Management, Global Gap Company Planning, and Gap Brand Finance Leadership.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Partner with cross-functional team to develop sales and inventory targets that support the Company's Annual Operating Plan.
- Create season code and reg vs. md plans that reconcile merchandising strategies with the total company financial goals. Highlight risks and opportunities to plan.
- Participate in and lead many areas of annual, quarterly and long range sales, margin and inventory planning that supports financial goals.
- Develop in-season forecasts that drive the cross-functional team to maximize inventory productivity and top-line sales/margin while clearly communicating risks and opportunities to the Company forecast.
- Deliver consistent and compelling weekly business updates that provide concise, fact-based diagnostics regarding business performance, thereby facilitating timely decision-making.
- Keep business partners updated on emerging issues and company strategies and direction.
- Provide analytical insights into customer behavior and effectiveness of strategies through ad hoc analysis and special projects.
- Partner with other members of Company Planning team to refine tools and processes and improve the overall effectiveness of the organization.
- Establish a track record of clear communication up, down and across the organization.
- Take initiative and explore ways to better understand competitors, industry performance and macro-economic trends as relevant for development of financial plans.
55 THOMAS STREET
- Bachelor's degree required; MBA a plus. 3-5 years of work experience, preferably with inventory management and/or retail planning and forecasting experience.
- Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills, including ability to formulate business strategy.
- Exceptional written, listening, verbal, and presentation skills; ability to create and deliver presentations with clarity and impact.
- Strong technical aptitude, including ability and desire to learn company systems and tools and ability to perform root cause analysis.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and adapt work style/processes in a fast paced environment.
- Ability to work with a large amount of detail without losing sight of the big picture.
- Emphasis on interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead influential conversations with executive management and to articulate financial concepts to business partners outside of finance in a clear and concise manner.
- Self-motivated: able to make quick, calculated decisions, follow through with responsibilities and be accountable for results.
- Advanced competency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint and the ability to learn new applications quickly. Essbase experience a plus.
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