Store Planner in Norton, MA at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 9/22/2019

Career Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Norton, MA
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    Not Specified
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Career Description

Job Description

The Store Planner will be responsible to design floor plans, including construction, fixture and merchandising plans, in order to create efficient and effective store layouts.  The Store planner will work as an expert in space management while maintaining timelines as they uphold Advance Auto Parts prototype criteria. This position is responsible for partnering with Real Estate Managers, Lease Administration, District Managers, Store Managers, Inventory Management, Store Projects Team, Store Set-Up, Construction Managers and Visual Merchandising to develop and execute merchandising strategies that help drive sales and gross margin for Advance Auto Parts.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Plan Preparation and Resource Oversight (35%)

  • Review the site architectural survey in the preparation of preliminary merchandising layouts for each location utilizing AutoCAD & Smart Space software.
  • Coordinate the reallocation of floor space and development of store fixture plans for new stores, expansions, downsizes and existing store upgrades within the existing store portfolio.
  • Adjust merchandise plans upon review of architectural and construction surveys.
  • Survey new/existing locations
  • Create store build out plans including fixture layout, counter placement, computer/phone placement, electrical/lighting needs and construction notes.
  • Create merchandising plan for each store model utilizing store specific inventory

Analysis (15%)

  • Understand and interpret operational and inventory requirements as related to floor planning and merchandising for inventory upgrades, expansions, commercial resources and downsizes within the existing store portfolio, as well as new stores and relocations.
  • Determine the most efficient space layout for new and remodel stores based on operational, inventory and customer needs.
  • Understand interaction and impact of business factors: how adjacencies, sight lines, and in store environment impact customer ease of navigation and sales.
  • Validate the flow, space design, fixture optimization of all merchandising plans

Process (15%)

  • Adhere to project timelines and deliverable milestones.
  • Effectively follow prototypical standards, department guidelines and best practices in the design and preparation of plans.
  • Assist in field change requests on a project as needed.

Communication and Partner Relationships (15%)

  • Submission of merchandising plans to Architectural Designer, Sign Coordinator, Visual Merchandising, Market Availability, Inventory Management, Operations, Commercial PMO Team, and other appropriate teams for review, collaboration, and necessary approvals.
  • Partner with Visual Merchandising in the development and implementation of prototypical layout options.
  • Coordination with the Store Set-up teams as may be required during store fixturing and merchandising.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with strategic partners across the organization. Support Advance Auto Parts stores by clearly articulating merchandising floor plans accurately and responding to store specific project issues with resolution within 24 hours.
  • Coordinate plan revisions and addenda with internal Regional Architectural Designers, External Architects and Construction Managers.

Quality Assurance (20%)

  • Utilize merchandise guidelines effectively with attention to project code requirements.
  • Monitor and manage the quality and accuracy of all merchandising plans
  • Validate the flow, space design, fixture optimization of all merchandising plans
  • Monitor adherence to prototypical standards
  • Manage the documentation process for as-built project merchandise plans
  • Manage the documentation process for upfits and expansion project merchandise plans


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Drafting and Architectural / Engineering
  • AutoCAD and StorePlanner/SmartSpace software experience preferred
  • Space Management experience preferred
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software (especially Excel and Access)
  • Strong attention to detail, planning and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with vendors associated with Advance Auto Parts
  • Ability to work independently and with a high level of energy and initiative as well as
  • Understanding of spatial concepts and merchandising planogram practices
  • Floorplanner, Merchandise Planning or retail experience


  • Associates Degree and 2-3 years’ experience in a related field (Merchandising, Drafting, Space Planning)
  • 2-4 years Retail experience, 2-4 years Project Management experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience


This position has no supervisory responsibilities, but may manage external Store Planning resources and personnel on an as needed basis.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Travel 15%