Store Planner in Roanoke, VA at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 1/31/2020

Career Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Roanoke, VA
  • Career Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    1/31/2020

Career Description



Job Description

The Store Planner will review the site architectural survey and then produce store fixture/merchandise plans for new stores, expansions and existing store projects.

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

Plan Preparation and Resource Oversight (40%)

  • 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.
  • Train external Store Planners when needed.
  • Manage internal and external Store Planning resources, including internal AAP Store Planners and management of outsource Store Planning personnel

Analysis (10%)

  • 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.
  • Utilizing AutoCAD & Smart Space in the preparation of preliminary and final merchandising layouts for each location.
  • Understand interaction and impact of business factors: how adjacencies, sight lines, and in store environment impact customer ease of navigation and sales.
  • Effectively use project management software to pull and interpret reports.
  • Analyze and articulate key differentiators between Advance Auto Parts and other retailers
  • Validate the flow, space design, fixture optimization of all merchandising plans

 Process (10%)

  • Adhere to project timelines and deliverable milestones.
  • Effectively follow prototypical standards, department guidelines and best practices in the design and preparation of plans.
  • Maintain consistency and accuracy among project deliverables.
  • Understand and adhere to new store and reset store checklist milestones.
  • Assist in field change requests on a project as needed.
  • Coordinate the NSO prototype change process, facilitate cross functional teams in the criteria creation, maintenance, and cost tracking of design changes.

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.
  • Establish and develop relationships with (Director SP&D, Architectural Designers, External Architects, Sign Coordinator, Market Availability, Inventory Management, Real Estate Managers/Directors, Lease/Asset Administration, Risk Management, PMO, Store Set-Up, Construction Managers/Senior Managers, and Visual Merchandising) teams.
  • Be a vocal, strategic partner to the Real Estate Managers, Construction Managers and Visual Merchandising teams through team meetings and floor planning process.

Quality Assurance (25%)

  • 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 up-fits and expansion project merchandise plans

QUALIFICATIONS:

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
  • Experience using Microsoft Office software, as well as project management software
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with multiple departments inside and outside of Real Estate
  • 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 being a strong team player
  • Understanding of spatial concepts and merchandising planogram practices

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Associate’s Degree and 4-6 years work 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.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 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.