Barnes & Noble Space Planner in New York, New York

Space Planner


NY-New York (Flatiron)




As a Space Planner you are instrumental in the organization and execution of merchant lead initiatives. You are a key connection point between stores and merchants and are the evangelist of merchandising team strategies. Thoughtful attention to details and timely communication are a must in this role.

Essential Functions

o Store Maps

o Ownership over accuracy of store maps in region of responsibility

o Work with DMs/SMs to survey each section of store. The DM is your primary partner to ensure timeliness with regards to updates.

o Manage subject/category space and juxtaposition.

o Field store and DM issues/questions regarding store layouts and initiatives and ensure they are addressed.

o Additional Data Maintenance

o Work with Store Communications and DMs to gather local store market analysis data. Communicate local store market analysis to merchants.

o Maintain fixture database ensuring up-to-date understanding store fixture ownership.

o Work with the Associate Space Planner to ensure all store Clusters are up to date.

o Project-manage major merchandising initiatives.

o Maintain and manage project documents and timelines.

o Set agendas with enough time before meeting so attendees can come to meeting prepared to answer questions

o Distribute recaps within 2 days of meeting.

o Communicate project needs and deadlines and follow up with cross functional partners including Store Operations/Communications, Industrial Purchasing, Loss Prevention, Creative, Facilities, Finance (payroll implications), Stores (DM/SMs), Merchants, and upper management as needed.

o Ensure updates are made to store communication documents including Shelving Guidelines and VMS pages.

o Work with visual merchandising to ensure fixture availability for VM initiatives.

o Communicate with other Space Planners to ensure store maps in their effected region/district of responsibility are updated.

o Work with Store Planning and Analytics to ensure space allocation is appropriate based on inventory levels.

o Perform additional tasks as requested by supervisor

o Meet work standards by following productivity, quality, and customer-service standards, resolve problems in a timely manner and identify work process improvements.

o Enhance department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests, explore opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

o Achieve objectives by contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews, prepare and execute action plans for various projects, resolve problems.

o Strong project management, organization, time-management, prioritization, multi-tasking, independent-decision making, problem-solving, interpersonal, analytical skills.

o Clear and timely communication skills.

o Works well under deadlines, self-starter, innovative, team-oriented, customer-focused, etc.

o Ability to manage people and delegate as necessary.

o Knowledge and understanding of the principles of space allocation and spatial relationships

o Experienced in Microsoft Office, Auto CAD, ePlanner (for comments), Corporate Reporting Center, IMM, IM2.

o Travel 1x per month approximately but more is possible depending on the project.


Position Qualifications:

o At least 5 years experience in either retail stores or Space Planning department.

o Education requirement - Bachelors Degree

Barnes & Noble is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.