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Kate Spade

New York, NY, US

Since its launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, Kate Spade New York has always been colorful, bold, and optimistic. Today, it is a global lifestyle brand that designs extraordinary things for the everyday, delivering seasonal collections of handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, footwear, home décor, and more. Known for its rich heritage and unique brand DNA, Kate Spade New York offers a distinctive point of view and celebrates communities of women around the globe who live their perfectly imperfect lifestyles. 

Kate Spade New York is part of the Tapestry portfolio – a global house of brands committed to stretching what’s possible.

A member of the Tapestry family, we are part of a global house of brands that has unwavering optimism and is committed to being innovative and wholly inclusive. Visit Our People page to learn more about Tapestry's commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Job Title: Allocator, Full Price Specialty

Primary Purpose: properly allocate merchandise and balance store inventory in order to maximize sales, gross margin and inventory turn for kate spade full price stores.



The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in allocations to…


  • Allocate merchandise to department and class plans utilizing allocation tools to determine needs and capacity of stores, based on trend and plan.
  • Develop deep knowledge and understanding of store clustering by department, ensuring allocations align with assortment strategies. 
  • Collaborate with buying team during monthly allocation meetings to review allocation strategies of new product.
  • Evaluate current and future weeks of supply needs by store and collaborate with planning, store planning and buying to evaluate future allocations and transfer opportunities.
  • Ensure timely delivery of product to stores, building a relationship with warehouse teams, developing and adhering to time and action calendars, and providing monthly allocation forecasts.   
  • Develop relationships with field teams, to analyze and validate feedback from stores, incorporating adjustments in future allocations.  Ensure timely and accurate communication of floorset and transfer information to stores.
  • Analyze and understand size-selling patterns in order to distribute product efficiently by size.  Make recommendations to the buying team on the appropriate size curves for seasonal buys.


The accomplished individual will possess…


  • Strong communication and multi-tasking skills 
  • Ability to work cross functionally in a collaborative environment 
  • Strong analytical skills, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Mathematical skills, with basic understanding of retail math
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills (pivot tables, vlookup, sumif)
  • Ability to adapt to a changing allocation environment as new allocations systems are implemented


An outstanding professional will have…


  • Aptitude to learn technical applications quickly
  • Detail oriented 
  • Allocation experience 

Our Competencies for All Employees

  • Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

Our Competencies for All People Managers

  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others: Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.


Kate Spade is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant's or employee's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under the consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. #LI-HYBRID #LI-AD1


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BASE PAY RANGE $58,500.00 TO $67,600.00 Monthly (12)                                                                     

Work Structure:  Hybrid

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Req ID:  112949

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

Job Segment: Outside Sales, Retail Sales, Supply, Sales, Retail, Operations

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