Jolene Sunseri

Jolene Sunseri

Objective

Highly accomplished professional with diverse experience positioned to transition solid background in HR, Merchandising, Allocation and Location Planning into a Human Resources position within the retail industry.Offer outstanding team leadership, training and coaching skills.Exceptionally organized and disciplined; possess well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and direct others in a supportive, cooperative team environment.Business administration expertise; coordinate with senior management, cross functional teams and direct reports in execution of daily tasks and functions.

Summary

Highly accomplished professional with diverse experience positioned to transition solid background in HR, Merchandising, Allocation and Location Planning into a Human Resources position within the retail industry.Offer outstanding team leadership, training and coaching skills.Exceptionally organized and disciplined; possess well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and direct others in a supportive, cooperative team environment.Business administration expertise; coordinate with senior management, cross functional teams and direct reports in execution of daily tasks and functions.

Work History

Work History
Jun 2005 - Present

Senior Location Planner

American Eagle Outfitters

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

American Eagle Outfitters, Pittsburgh PAJune 2005-Present

Senior Location Planner- April 2012-Present, Aerie

-JDA Change Management Team Lead for Location Planning

-Maintain strong relationship as the corporate office contact for the Regional Director of Aerie East; communicating on current sales trends in the market and maintaining the region's Top Down plans-Strengthened RD relationships through Aerie East store visits gaining a well-rounded understanding of the different markets and stores being planned

-Supervise one direct report andthree teammates

Location Planner 2010- April 2012, Aerie Undies/Accessories & Beauty

- Partner with field leadership team to identify market characteristics to plan appropriate product content and mix- Contact person for Zone VP & Regional Management; ongoing review, communication and on-site visits to identified opportunity markets

- Identified store / market opportunities, hindsight seasonal performance to maximize category sales potential

-Developed and executed Location Planning reporting and training with IT team

-Held responsibility of Department and Class dollar plans at the weekly store level for all Aerie brand undies, accessories and beauty in both Stand Alone and In Store plans for US and Canada selling stores

Associate Location Planner 2009-2010, AE Women’s Knits

-Created and executed +20 new/remodel strategies alongside the field and real estate team-Analyzed store group processes to drive store level allocations and strategies

-Plan pre-season and in-season sales’ volume consistent with the companies Top Down goals at the store, department, and class level by utilizing prior history, current trend, and regional variations

Merchandise Analyst 2008-2009, AE Accessories and Women’s Knits

- Created allocation strategies to maximize sales by store and size for 950 stores in the US and CDA- Forecasted inventory using historical sales data, current store inventory position, open orders and product trends

-Presented buy recommendations and alternative allocation strategies to Merchandise Planners and Buyers- Improved inventory efficiency and user accuracy by developing & validating a new Web Allocation Tool with IT

Senior Assistant Buyer 2006-2008, AE Women’s Knits-$350M Annual Business-Merchant point person for the Assistant Buyer internship program and actively recruited and interviewed new hires on campus.Developed an Assistant Buyer and worked closely with her to train new hires

-Aligned three separate design, planning and production teams on negotiating all cost/deliveries, monitoring production, working with design on assortment strategies and developed business strategies based on selling and new trends-Developed Market Basket recap all men’s and women’s merchants use to discuss trends

Assistant Buyer 2005-2006, AE Women’s Pants, Shorts & Accessories -$200M Annual Business -Assisted in the development of the assortment mix and coordinated photo shoot samples-Analyzed competitive landscape to provide and present pricing, product, business opportunities for AEO, Inc.

-Communicated with all areas of the company as it applies to the purchase, delivery, receipt, ticketing, processing, pricing and quality of merchandise via email, voice mail and markdown advice reports Initiated and maintained Purchase Orders

2008-Present: Training Program Coordinator

Merchandise Analyst Training Program Coordinator- Worked alongside HR to develop and lead 16-week training program to on-board 10-20 Merchandise Analysts twice annually.- Established expectations and provided feedback for new employees, coaches and class facilitators and meet to assess personal development and training progress.- Led creation of class materials and exercises, develop weekly assessments, milestone exams, final test, and document results.- Taught allocation system and business process classes to new analysts.

-Campus Recruiting Champion: Traveled to top universities around the country to spread brand awareness/opportunity and recruit for Summer Internship Program and Training Programs

MP&A Training Program Coordinator

-Identified by executive management to take lead role in MP&A Training Program-Developed and executed Location/Assortment Planning orientation, calendar, classes, facilitators, evaluations and final assessments-Won Q4 2011 Eagle’s Elite for building MP&A Program

Jun 2004 - May 2005

Assistant HR Coordinator

Huntley & Huntley

Huntley & Huntley, Monroeville PAJune 2004-May 2005

Assistant HR Coordinator

-Designed and wrote monthly company newsletters and direct mailers

-Organized and created interview process for sales team as well as Interns

-Created PowerPoint presentations using OGSYS systems for investors

-Coordinated scheduling for VP and President

-Answered phones

Education

Education

Bachelor of Science

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Skills

Skills

Software

-JDA Planning -JDA Allocation -Cognos Reporting -AS400 -Tradestone -Decision -Office Suite