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Associate Planner

Location: Chicago, Illinois

We inspire purpose-filled living that brings joy to the modern home. With a team of more than 8,000 associates spanning 130 store and distribution locations across the U.S. and Canada, we achieve together, drive results and innovate to inspire. Drawn together by a shared passion for our customers and a spirit of fun, we deliver high-quality home furnishings that are expertly designed, responsibly sourced and bring beauty and function to people’s homes. From the day we opened our first store in Chicago in 1962 to the digital innovations that engage millions of customers today, our iconic brand is nearly 60 years in the making—and our story is still unfolding.

We’re here for it. We think you should be too. We’re looking for a driven professional with an inclusive mindset to join our team as an Associate Planner...

Plans and coordinates inventory to maximize company sales growth and profitability by working closely with the Senior Planning Manager and merchandising team on designing and implementing thoughtful inventory strategies that promotes profitable sales growth and satisfy customer demand. Assists in achieving objectives of the planning team by executing all planning functions which include inventory allocation, forecasting and seasonal assortment and financial planning.

What You'll Do...

  • Develop inventory strategies for product category including new product buys, reorders and markdowns strategies.
  • Report and forecast sales, margin and inventory at a category level based on changes in trend, strategy or business climate.
  • Develop and provide appropriate business analysis to influence future purchases and assortment strategies.
  • Work closely with merchandising team to identify sales opportunities through effective strategic assortment planning.
  • Develop pre-season plans in coordination with department and company targets.
  • Create and generate reports and partner with planners to analyze sales trends and inventory levels for pre-season and in-season planning.
  • Manage category planning operations, including critical deadlines, coding, hunt paths and product lead-times.
  • Utilize inventory management tools to monitor shipments and ensure accurate estimated time of arrival dates and product availability for sales demand.
  • Assist the Planning team with daily planner responsibilities. Support the Merchandising Department in the training and on-boarding of new associates.
  • Foster a collaborative work environment within the Merchandising Department focused on distinctive product and an engaged customer experience.

What You'll Bring...

  • 1-2 years planning experience or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Microsoft Office proficiency, including Microsoft Excel
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong detail orientation, organized, ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work independently to prioritize activities based on business needs
  • Team player with a focus on collaboration
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels in the organization
  • Strong oral and written communication skills sufficient to communicate credibly and effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Good reading, written and verbal language skills (English)

Job ID 2024-18682 Date posted 02/27/2024 Position Type Full-Time
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Our commitment to our associates is of the utmost importance. One of the reasons the company attracts such a diverse group of associates is that we offer a full menu of benefits that are relevant to their lives, both on and off the job. We are proud to offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package to support eligible part time and full time associates and their families, including:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Life insurance and Disability
  • Retirement and 401(k) match
  • Paid time off, wellness time and volunteer time
  • Merchandise discount and EAP resources
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Many of these benefits begin on day one, and extend to eligible dependents. To learn more about available benefits please click

Euromarket Designs, Inc., which does business as Crate and Barrel and CB2, will be referred to as “the Company”. The Company is deeply committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact the location you are applying to here and ask to speak with a manager regarding the nature of your request.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

The Company participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the US.

State / City Compliance: The Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal history, including arrest and conviction records, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring and the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Job Applicant Privacy: For details about how the Company collects and uses your personal information, please see our Job Applicant Privacy & Communications Notice.

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