Director of Planning & Allocation

Posted 3.20.24
Beverly Hills, CA


Mindful movement. It’s at the core of why we do what we do at Alo—it’s our calling. Because mindful movement in the studio leads to better living. It changes who yogis are off the mat, making their lives and their communities better. That’s the real meaning of studio-to-street: taking the consciousness from practice on the mat and putting it into practice in life.


  • Lead, motivate, train, and develop a team of Allocations Analysts to assure adherence to goals for turn and in-stock levels
  • Develop allocation strategies to support visual standards, advertising and floor set cadence.
  • Review Department, Class and SKU level allocations as necessary to ensure ability to drive sales through optimum inventory levels.
  • Conduct regular meetings with Merchandising and Planning to discuss allocation strategies to support sales, marketing and floor sets.
  • Review performance through analysis and reporting to develop future strategies.
  • Identify opportunities for systems enhancements and participate in design and testing for system changes.
  • Process engineering to enhance productivity of the allocations team and the inventory they manage
  • Develop reporting tools to assess and improve allocations effectiveness
  • Ensure that merchandise assortment, capacity, and plan-o-gram standards by location are enforced.
  • Work closely with store operations team to support retail operation needs by location


  • Position requires 5-8 years of progressively responsible merchandise planning and allocation experience within a fast-paced retail environment.
  • Strong leadership skill set required. Able to manage a team of associates to achieve and exceed  goals while managing projects and performing other responsibilities
  • Able to provide strategic inventory management direction within all business channels, departments, and categories assigned.
  • Sound understanding of key performance indicators and elements that drive retail sales and inventory productivity.
  • Developed skills in inventory management to ensure that inventory in stock and productivity goals are achieved. Strong attention to detail is necessary.
  • Acumen in retail replenishment and allocation systems, preferably coupled with experience in system implementation and statistical forecasting
  • Strong understanding of a multi-unit growing retail environment.
  • Must be able to effectively analyze inventory trends and have a thorough understanding of the entire distribution and shipping/receiving processes
  • Full understanding of the merchandising process inclusive of merchandise allocation and its intersection with merchandising, merchandise planning, assortment planning, SKU optimization, and promotional planning
  • Proven ability to work in a highly collaborative, team oriented environment
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of flexibility to work in an every-changing environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, self-motivated, well organized
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Data extraction from multiple platforms and advanced analytics. Tableau is a plus
  • Knowledge of Anaplan is highly recommended or an equivalent retail system is required (like JDA or 09)

The Base Salary Range for this position is $150,000.00$200,000.00 per year which represents the current range for the base salary for this exempt position. Please note that actual salaries will vary based on factors including but not limited to location, experience, and performance. As such, on occasion and when applicable, there is the possibility that the final, agreed-upon base salary may be outside of the upper end of the range. Please also note the range listed is just one component of the Company’s total rewards package for exempt employees. Other rewards may include performance bonuses, long term incentives, a PTO policy, and many other progressive benefits.

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