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Ross Stores, Inc. Director of Merchandise Planning in New York, New York

Welcome to Ross Stores, Inc., where our differences make us stronger… At Ross and dd’s, inclusion is a way of life. We care about our Associates and the communities we serve and we value their differences. We are committed to building diverse teams and an inclusive culture. We respect and celebrate the diversity of backgrounds, identities, and ideas of those who work and shop with us. Come join us as we continue our diversity, equality and inclusion journey!

About Ross Stores, Inc.

Since 1982, our focus has been on bringing our customers a constant stream of high quality brands and trends at extraordinary savings, while providing a fun and exciting treasure hunt experience. We believe in keeping things simple: no expensive signage, displays or fancy fixtures - to us, it's far more meaningful to pass greater savings on to our customers with on trend apparel, accessories, footwear, and home furnishings. With more than 1,900 stores, including Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS, we are the nation's largest off-price retail chain, and we continue to grow at a rate far outpacing traditional retail.

With corporate headquarters located in Dublin, CA, we have three buying offices positioned in key markets in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston, as well as seven state-of-the-art distribution centers across the country. With FY2021 revenues of $18.9 billion, we are a Fortune 500, S&P 500, and Nasdaq 100 Company, committed to offering an inclusive, safe and positive workplace. Come see what's in store.

As part of the Ross family you will experience:

  • A respectful culture embedded with collaborative partnerships and humility
  • Opportunities to give back to your community through national charities, local volunteer initiatives, and our Ross Cares Fund
  • A significant investment in your career through extensive onboarding programs, continuous learning opportunities, ongoing development and the opportunity to work with engaged and knowledgeable industry leaders

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About this opportunity ....

The Director is responsible for leading the strategic initiatives of both regional and chain plans, and ensuring the development of accurate and consistent plans, revisions and projects. Director affectively guides their Management team in the analysis of sales trends, gross margin, inventory, and OTB levels. Director will partner with the Buying, Allocation and Business Process teams to identify business opportunities and risks to sales and margin. Director provides resolution and high level analysis of the plan roll-ups, identifies risk/opportunities while making recommendations to DMM/GMM and VP of planning. Partners with Buying and Allocation to optimally manage the Division business with corporate strategic guidelines.


  • Develops and fosters a cohesive team environment with all cross-functional partners
  • Trains and develops management team on thought processes to analyze and forecast sales, margin and turn relative to plan, trend and history
  • Reviews projections/analysis with Managers for consistency, strategic alignment and thought process
  • Responsible for meeting sales, margin and turn targets
  • Partners with GMM's and Merchant team to develop a clear understanding of the customer and product strategies
  • Partners with Buying, Allocation and Business process to ensure execution of strategy
  • Assist GMM/DMM/Planning in Management and maintain company turn and GM goals

Who you are ...

  • You have 10 years of merchandise planning. Minimum of 7 years' experience involving sales and inventory planning, sales forecasting and OTB
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of prior supervisory experience
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of store class planning experience
  • You have demonstrated decision-making abilities
  • You have demonstrated leadership abilities
  • You have the ability to partner and influence
  • You have highly effective written/verbal communication and collaborative skills
  • You have strong analytical and conceptual skills
  • You have strong retail and math skills
  • You have thorough knowledge of planning systems, Arthur Planning is strongly desirable
  • You have a 4-year college degree (required)

This role requires regular in-office presence, including to engage in in-person team interaction, meetings and collaboration, client support, mentoring, coaching, and/or feedback. However, this role can perform duties effectively using a combination of in-office and remote work.

Perks and Benefits of joining our team....

Our Associates are at the heart of everything we do and we're proud to offer a range of benefits that reflect how much we value their contributions. Here's a peek into what you can expect as an eligible Ross Associate:

  • A broad range of affordable health insurance options*, 401(k) with employer match*, life insurance*
  • Ample PTO, paid holidays, and Summer Fridays, as well as the opportunity to purchase additional vacation*
  • Employee stock purchase plan*
  • Charitable donations matched by Ross Stores Foundation
  • Enhanced maternity and bonding leaves with 100% income replacement*
  • Parent support programs
  • And more....

* eligibility may vary based on level and tenure, subject to change

At Ross & dd's we care about our Associates and the communities we serve. We are committed to building diverse teams and an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds, identities, and ideas of those who work and shop with us.