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Ross Stores, Inc. Sr. Director, Forecasting & Analytics 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!

Senior Director, Forecasting & Analytics

About Ross Stores, Inc.

Welcome to 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.

At Ross you will find an organization that invites you to be your authentic self. 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

Additional information is available at: https://jobs.rossstores.com/creative/about

About this opportunity ....

Senior Director is responsible for building a team of data scientists to develop analytical approaches to support data-driven decision making. They will direct the development and evolution of our Forecasting and Planning models, logic methods, and associated dashboards. They will design and build models leveraging statistical methods and advanced analytic techniques that will help drive new insights, process improvements, and innovation. They will be required to quickly become knowledgeable on existing business processes and models in order to identify gaps and areas of opportunity. They will be responsible for project management, data analysis and the presentation of recommendations. They will work closely with cross functional partners to drive the best decisions and implement solutions.

Responsibilities...

  • Develop a deep understanding of the Forecasting and Planning process and lead continuous improvement projects for these areas
  • Deliver analytic solutions to enable insight generation and conduct ad-hoc analytic projects that will improve sales plan accuracy and drive profitability
  • Leverage retail industry knowledge, real-time analytics and dashboards to monitor Planning processes and automated logic to identify improvement opportunities
  • Translate business challenges into analytical questions, generate root cause hypotheses and frame analyses to identify solutions
  • Partner and collaborate with business partners to drive common goals.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the Forecasting and Planning process and lead continuous improvement projects for these areas
  • Drive innovations to improve the ability to respond to changes in product / location specific demand
  • Adapt and respond timely to business changes. Determine the impact to Planning and Forecasting processes and develop recommendations for adapting the automated logic
  • Drive quality of analysis, including assessing analyst's competency level
  • Create and lead presentations to senior-level leaders
  • Manage direct report. Set and manage expectations. Build environment that strengthens associate through training and development; ensures that associate clearly understand job expectations.

Who you are...

  • You have a Bachelor's Degree required; in statistics, analytics, economics, data science or comparable field preferred
  • You have 10+ years of experience working in analytics / data science
  • Your specialties are in demand modeling, time-series analysis and forecasting preferred
  • You have 5+ years working retail demand forecasting and planning experience preferred
  • You have extensive experience developing frameworks for complex analytics projects
  • You are proficient with statistical software (R, tableau, Power BI)
  • You have experimental test design experience preferred
  • You have expertise developing advanced analytics methods: forecasting algorithms, modeling, predictive statistical methods and machine learning
  • You have experience designing / implementing forecasting software
  • You have experience leveraging sophisticated analytics and insights to provide thought-partnership and provide meaningful, actionable, data-driven recommendations in alignment with business strategy
  • You partner with analytic team to synthesize insights from quantitative and qualitative data to provide expert guidance
  • You have the ability to communicate complex findings clearly and succinctly, both verbally and written, and lead presentations to senior-level Executives
  • You have proven ability to think strategically and determine the impact of decisions on the business
  • You are an innovative self-starter with the ability to resolve complex problems
  • You have the ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously

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.

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