Career Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming a part of The Athlete’s Foot team? 

We are a global athletic lifestyle retailer carrying the hottest product from the best brands. We believe in helping our customers put more style in their game. We offer the finest selection of athletic-inspired footwear, along with trendy apparel to complete your look. So whether you want to hang out with friends or stand out in the clubs, we’ve got your covered.

Current position(s):

DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & OPERATIONS

We are looking for a passionate, results-driven, and analytical person to be our Director of Planning & Operations. This individual will own key processes in the inventory life-cycle including pre-season planning, ordering, fulfillment, and in-season management. 

If you’re sold on the opportunity to manage assortments that make our customers go wow, then you’ve arrived at the right place! 

About the role:
  • Complete deep dive seasonal teardowns by brand, by department and by store to assess sales performance and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Within the framework of our product strategy, produce a top down, forward looking seasonal order forecast by brand and by department
  • Build a seasonal open-to-buy for each store cluster, reflective of product strategy and financial goals
  • Translate the open-to-buy down to an actual buy plan – count of styles / SKUs by brand / gender / product category – so we have some structure as we go to market
  • Together with Sr. Director of Merchandising, break down chain-level allocations to store specific quantities using historical sales performance, trend, and operational benchmarks 
  • Own all aspects of order creation
  • Own master data management to ensure all product information is current and accurate
  • Code and classify all new styles for strategic vendors
  • Provide SKUs for new styles from vendors not in our ordering platform
  • Together with the Sr. Director of Merchandising, build and place orders for selected franchised stores, planned new stores, and any new growth opportunities
  • Serve as the point of contact for franchisees and our brand partners for ordering and fulfillment including
    • Track shipments and deliveries
    • Reconcile short ships / short pays
    • Partner with Finance to review and process product invoices and AR statements
  • On a monthly basis, evaluate our sales performance, inventory position, and forecast to identify potential product to cancel; work with brand partners to facilitate cancels
  • Produce a weekly sales report; analyze the business to identify immediate, near-term, and potential long-term actions to improve performance
  • Maintain a healthy inventory position; Recommend markdowns, quantify costs, determine timing; Identify and execute chase / at-once buys
  • At the end of the season, evaluate our inventory position and develop a liquidation strategy; work with our brand partners on potential RTVs
  • Serve as the primary point of contract for our external systems and data providers (e.g. POS, PASS, SPS)
  • Provide ongoing training and educating on key systems for new and existing store associates and franchisees
  • Maintain operating manual for key ordering processes and systems
  • Manage a direct report (Operations Analyst); Analyst will support many of the above responsibilities and lead many day-to-day activities 
The role requires:
  • Previous Merchandise Planning experience, preferably with a retailer in the business of selling other brands’ products
  • Analytical: 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
  • Communication Skills: Effective speaker and listener in a variety of settings including one-on-one, small and large groups
  • Influencing and Negotiation: Can present ideas and directions that lead others to action
  • Planning and 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
  • Entrepreneurial: Can thrive in a fast-moving, flexible environment in which people are stretched both in the breadth and depth of their responsibilities. Comfortable with change.
  • Leadership: Serve as a leader in the office; help set the strategic direction; foster a work environment that is positive, open-minded, collaborative, and productive

If you believe you fit the profile, and have a passion for sport inspired style, then please contact us.