Visual Merchandising Analyst in Raleigh, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 11/5/2020

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The Visual Merchandising Specialist  is responsible for collaborating with merchants, inventory, and pricing to develop and execute merchandising strategies that drive incremental sales and gross margin for Advance Auto Parts. The Visual Merchandising Specialist will work as an expert in analyzing return on space at a macro (category/store) and micro (sku/shelf) level, managing timelines and upholding Advance Auto Parts merchandising guidelines. This role is also responsible for delivering accurate store/planogram/SKU relationships to maximize efficient inventory replenishment principles. The position requires management of the Off-shelf placement program and 3rd party merchandising.

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

  • Merchandising Systems (20%): Produce and distribute error-free, effectively merchandised, and profitable Planograms with clear, concise instructions through advanced understanding of Space Planning and Planogram systems. Research and drive out new processes and analysis. Demonstrate ability to create new reports within IKB or in Access tailored to a specific business objective. Be able to identify merchandising trends (i.e., fixture, product, store) and translate into action.
  • Analysis (20%): Identify SKU and category opportunities based on Return on Space performance. Ability to identify opportunities risks in the business and articulate data to leadership in order to maximize business. Ability to view business globally- determine how performance in one business impacts the chain. Ability to translate individual business successes to create other business opportunities across the team. Analyze and articulate key differentiators between Advance Auto Parts and other retailers through competitive shopping exercises.
  • Process (10%): Identify, research, create and teach-out new process that drive efficiencies for the team and results for the company. Adhere to current processes and/or propose alternative approaches on processes to leadership and Visual team. Uphold Visual Merchandising guidelines and best practices when mocking up POGs at Model Store. Understand, follow, and scorecard Planning Calendar milestones accordingly.
  • Communication (20%): Communicate effectively and professionally to all levels of the organization. Raise awareness to missed or at risk milestones and clear roadblocks with leadership when resolving an issue. Support Advance Auto Parts stores by (1) clearly articulating merchandising instructions accurately and (2) responding to store requests with resolution within 24 hours.
  • IOM Relationships (20%): Establish and develop relationships with merchants, inventory, and pricing teams. Be a vocal, strategic partner to the IOM and Visual teams through team meetings and Category Planning process. Build trust by proactively providing credible and value added support. Special Projects Leadership (10%): Work on special projects that have an impact on the entire Visual Merchandising Team and that provide the company with the benefits of improved performance. Responsible for a key process/organizational activity within the Visual Merchandising team. (Ex: OSP)


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.


  • Strong attention to detail, planning and organizational skills
  • Utilize merchandising guidelines effectively with an eye for aesthetics
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced PC skills, systems aptitude and experience
  • Retail experience or interest
  • Ability to work independently and with a high level of energy and initiative
  • Ability to interface with all levels of management
  • Assertive and flexible
  • Ability to regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds


  • JDA Intactix and/or Space Management experience preferred
  • Merchandising, Merchandise Planning, or Retail experience
  • Advance Auto Parts systems aptitude and experience


Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, or Design; and

1 – 2 years retail experience or 1 – 2 years Project Management experience; or

Equivalent combination of education and experience.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.




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.