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  •  Alums! Stella & Dot is looking for an Inventory Accountant!

    Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
    Have an eye for fashion? Team Leader driven by success? If ‘mediocrity’ and ‘just good enough’ make you cringe, if you are a brilliant, energetic, organized, creative, self-motivated and ready to take charge in a key role at an innovative company with an entrepreneurial spirit this could be the job for you.
  •  Event: The Ethics of Online Price Discrimination

    Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
  •  MOSEY is Looking for a Sr. Application Architect/Backend Developer!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
    Mosey is an online + mobile ecosystem of user-generated micro-guides. Think of it as a digital platform for friends, influencers and brands to build the perfect 4 hours—like The New York Times 36 Hours, but more digestible and in a socially connected space of following, sharing and experiencing.
  •  Stella & Dot is looking for TWO Inventory Planners!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
    Join a world-class, hyper growth company with a seasoned executive team. Stella & Dot, one of INC 500’s fastest growing companies (rank 67) is a dynamic boutique style jewelry company with unlimited opportunity.
  •  Stella & Dot is looking for TWO Inventory Planning Analysts!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
    Join a world-class, hyper growth company with a seasoned executive team. Stella & Dot, one of INC 500’s fastest growing companies (rank 67) is a dynamic boutique style jewelry company with unlimited opportunity.
  •  Shop. org Annual Summit 2013

    Monday, Jul. 8, 2013
    The Shop.org Annual Summit Student Program Agenda is here!
  •  Retailing of Tomorrow

    Monday, Jul. 8, 2013
  •  The Fit Club: How Service Solves the Sizing Problem

    Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013
  •  Is Google the new Apple?

    Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
  •  Fall 2012 Newsletter

    Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
  •  G. Hensler has two job openings!

    Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
    Attention RMI Alums and Seniors! G Hensler has two current job openings! One for an Account Manager and one for a Production Assistant.
  •  CBS Bay Area Interviews RMI Director, Kirthi Kalyanam!

    Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
    Dr. Kalyanam discusses JC Penny, the retailer's one and only sale of the year and how their "every day low prices" philosophy affects consumers.
  •  RSSA President Awarded the Ray M. Greenly Scholarship

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    Alyssa Tomasello '13, RSSA President, was awarded the R M. Greenly Scholarship!
  •  CCTV Interviews RMI Executive Director, Dale Achabal!

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
  •  RMI Directors in the News this Holiday Season!

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    Retail Management Institute executive director Dale Achabal and director Kirthi Kalyanam were in heavy demand by local, regional, national and even international media outlets for their insights into Black Friday.
  •  Macys.com President joins RMI Advisory Board

    Friday, Aug. 3, 2012
    The Retail Management Institute welcomes Kent Anderson as the newest Advisory Board member.
  •  Retail Studies students awarded the Jill Curran Scholarship

    Friday, Jul. 27, 2012
    Four Retail Studies students receive the 2013 Jill Curran Retail Studies Endowed Scholarship New York Trip.
  •  Congratulations to the 2012-13 RMI Scholarship Recipients!

    Saturday, Jun. 30, 2012
    We are pleased to announce that 9 of our Retail Studies Program students were awarded RMI Scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.
  •  Walmart Executive joins RMI Advisory Board

    Friday, Jun. 29, 2012
    The Retail Management Institute welcomes Gisel Ruiz (SCU / RMI '92) as the newest Advisory Board member.
  •  RCME Presents - Ann Rhoades

    Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012
    Most leaders and managers know that a winning, engaged culture is the key to attracting top talent - and customers.
  •  The Retail Studies Program Goes to New York - NRF Conference 2012

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
    The Retail Studies Program at Santa Clara University took 4 scholarship recipients to New York.
  •  Retail Studies Students Receive 2012 FSF Scholarship

    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
    We are pleased to announce that 4 of our Retail Studies Program Students were awarded the $5,000 FSF (Fashion Scholarship Fund) for 2012.
  •  Interconnectivity of Online & Offline Worlds

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
    Kirthi Kalyanam (RMI director), of Santa Clara University, discusses the importance of an interconnected online and offline marketing experience for brands today.
  •  Amazing Retail Internships

    Monday, Nov. 14, 2011
    Watch our newest internship video to see what three of our seniors did this year at Hugo Boss, Levi, and Williams-Sonoma!
  •  RMI Joins Newly Launched National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA)

    Friday, Oct. 7, 2011
    The Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University joins newly launched National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA).
  •  RCME Presents - Charlene Li

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
    October 24, 2011 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Santa Clara University - Lucas Hall
  •  RMI is on Facebook & Twitter!

    Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2011
    Join RMI on Facebook & Twitter!
  •  RMI Annouces New Advisory Board Member - Vicki McWilliams

    Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011
    The Retail Management Institute announces the addition of Vicki McWilliams, Executive Vice President (Retail & Business Sales) at Pottery Barn, to its advisory board.
  •  RCME Presents - Bill Treasurer

    Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2011
    September 7, 2011 9:30 am - 11:30 am Santa Clara University - Lucas Hall
  •  RMI Annouces New Advisory Board Member

    Monday, Jun. 6, 2011
    The Retail Management Institute announces the addition of Michelle DeMartini Wlazlo (Senior Vice President Merchandising at Old Navy) to its advisory board.
 
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News and announcements from the Retail Management Institute.

  •  Alums! Stella & Dot is looking for an Inventory Accountant!

    Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

    Inventory Accountant
    Have an eye for fashion? Team Leader driven by success? If ‘mediocrity’ and ‘just good enough’ make you cringe, if you are a brilliant, energetic, organized, creative, self-motivated and ready to take charge in a key role at an innovative company with an entrepreneurial spirit this could be the job for you.
    Stella & Dot, one of Inc 500’s fastest growing companies (http://www.inc.com/inc5000/profile/stella-dot), and backed by Sequoia Capital and Radar Partners, is a billion-dollar global brand in the making. Join a world-class, hyper growth company with a seasoned executive team. Stella & Dot, one of INC 500’s fastest growing companies (rank 67) is a dynamic boutique style jewelry company with unlimited opportunity. Stella & Dot’s innovative business model combines the best of social selling of luxury goods with e -commerce, retail merchandising and social media. Our mission is to revolutionize entrepreneurial opportunities for women (and a few good men) by reinventing the category and creating the modern business opportunity, our Social Selling platform. We’ve already created over 16,000 dream jobs that help each of our independent sales entrepreneurs, whom we call Stylists, live more bold and joyful lives. Our Stylists earn meaningful income by selling our irresistible line of jewelry, both online and in person. Stella & Dot is a profitable, cash flow positive, debt-free, dynamic and rapidly growing company with unlimited opportunity. Stella & Dot has been featured been featured on CNBC’s Power Lunch, in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on The View, The Today Show, and in countless fashion magazines such as InStyle and Lucky. Visit us at www.stelladot.com.
    JOB MISSION: Your job as an Inventory Accountant is to take initiative and creative thought to a new level in accounting. You’ll be the right-hand person to our Senior Inventory Accountant , and help with processes ranging from the creation of new SKUs with our Inventory Planning Department, tracking receipts/ shipments/ sales of our products, entering in data to our accounting system, and assisting with month-e nd reconciliations of inventory located in our warehouses in the US, Canada and Belgium.
    We are seeking a person who is: Energetic, passionate and motivated Takes direction and can also work very independently, taking responsibility for tasks, deliverables and deadlines Gets “out of the chair” to work with other team members within Finance, and with other departments to collaborate and provide assistance to our team Friendly, cheerful, personable, team oriented – a perpetual optimist Absolutely flawless communications both orally and in writing- no grammatical mistakes Meticulous about spreadsheets and can find the error of $.01 when needed Loves our product, our brand, our manifesto and our mission and would “fall on the sword” when representing our company to others Innovative, creative and takes problem-solving to a whole new level Doesn’t mind, and actually loves, getting hands into details and working with enormous volumes of data.
    PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Management of inventory and cost, month-end closing, journal entries preparation, inventory valuation, inventory roll forward, etc.
    • Reconcile inventory, receivables and COGS accounts to general ledger.
    • Monitor systems to assure timely inventory transaction costing in accordance with company
    accounting policy
    • Work closely and proactively with various groups in US as well as the European team to assure that inventory transaction flows smoothly and the accounting is consistent with financial and management reporting.
    • Manage receipt posting, cycle count program, analyze inventory adjustments and assist the warehouses with inventory related issues
    • Maintain internal control documentation and test internal controls for inventory
    • Assist Accounting team in liaison with external auditors on any issues related to inventory
    • Assist in creation, writing and testing of “Process & Procedure” documents created in the Finance Department, giving feedback and offering suggestions to improve existing procedures
    • Maintain item setup and assist Inventory Planning team with purchase order creation in our GL system.
    Specifically, you should have:
    • BA/ BS in Finance or Accounting, Business Administration or related field
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Web Based Applications
    • Excel knowledge including pivot tables, vlookups, and other advanced database functions
    • Exposure to Great Plains Accounting System and FRx Reporting Tools
    • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, tact, diplomacy and graciousness
    • Detail-oriented, but able to “see the forest beyond the trees” as well
    • Experience with creating exception-based reports, reconciliation of large volumes of data, and ability to follow through on projects to completion
    • 2-5 years practical experience in the accounting field
    COMPENSATION
    Competitive compensation, including base salary, and performance based annual bonus.
    If you are interested in applying, please go to our website: http://www.stelladot.com/about/careers.

  •  Event: The Ethics of Online Price Discrimination

    Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

    This panel discussion will address the legal, economic, ethical, and technological aspects of the increasingly common practice of differential pricing online.

  •  MOSEY is Looking for a Sr. Application Architect/Backend Developer!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

    Mosey Senior Application Architect / Backend Developer
    Mosey is looking for a senior application architect/backend developer to join our team. Your role
    will be to work with our Development Lead and Product Lead to create an extraordinary web
    platform that delivers an amazing user experience.
     
    Our culture is one of empowering engineers to have creative freedom. In addition to writing high
    quality software, we seek an individual who will embrace: designing features, making intelligent
    product decisions, programming at all levels of the stack, and the wearing of many hats.
     
    We are looking for a talented engineer who shares similar values and who is looking to join our
    family. Above all we look for passionate individuals who enjoy the craft and seek to live balanced
    and happy lives.
     
     
    What you get to do every day:
    - Architect, build, and maintain the server-side of our web application and partner platform.
    - Scale your code smoothly across multiple processes, servers, and databases.
    - Provide solutions designed to be maintainable, secure, fast and future forward.
    - Ability to prioritize and multitask in a workplace where many things are happening at once.
     
     
    What you bring to the role:
    - BS in Computer Science or equivalent and a MINIMUM of 5 years experience developing
    scalable web based systems
    - Strong Software Engineering skills, with the ability to learn and apply new algorithms
    - Experience in using Memcached and writing RESTful APIs
    - Expertise in server side languages, notably: PHP and its associated frameworks
    - Strong MySQL and NoSQL skills
    - Comfortable working in a fast paced environment
    - Able to work in an Agile development environment
    - Knowledge of jQuery, CSS a plus
     
     
    Competitive market rate salary and benefits, plus equity compensation included in employment
    package.
     
    About Mosey
    Mosey is an online + mobile ecosystem of user-generated micro-guides. Think of it as a digital
    platform for friends, influencers and brands to build the perfect 4 hours—like The New York Times
    36 Hours, but more digestible and in a socially connected space of following, sharing and
    experiencing. And with all of those amazing experiences captured, Mosey is a destination, a
    search engine, for local experiences anywhere in the world.
     
    A great date night? A leisurely Sunday morning? After work with friends? Follow those you trust
    for their insider view or be the guru and make a Mosey for others to see and experience.
     

    Interested parties should contact myra@mosey.com

  •  Stella & Dot is looking for TWO Inventory Planners!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

    Inventory Planner
    Join a world-class, hyper growth company with a seasoned executive team. Stella & Dot, one of INC
    500’s fastest growing companies (rank 67) is a dynamic boutique style jewelry company with unlimited
    opportunity. Our mission is to revolutionize entrepreneurial opportunities in direct sales by reinventing
    the category. Think a modern day and stylish version of Mary Kay, blended with social networking and
    ecommerce. Stella & Dot has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on The
    View, The Today Show, and in countless fashion magazines such as InStyle and Lucky.
    If ‘mediocrity’ and ‘just good enough’ make you cringe, if you are a brilliant, energetic, organized,
    creative, self-motivated and ready to take charge in a key role at an innovative company, this could be the
    career for you. Please read more about us at stelladot.com.
    Brief Description:
     
    The Inventory Planner at Stella & Dot will assist in all purchasing and is responsible for the availability
    of products from all suppliers to meet customer service level goals while simultaneously maintaining
    inventory level objectives. This position will continually work to reduce lead times, improve product
    turns, improve customer service levels, maintain efficient inventory levels and eliminate excess and
    obsolete stock.
     
     
    Description:
     
    The position requires someone with functional experience including: inventory planning methodologies
    as they apply to the demand planning, the ability to analyze and process large amounts of data, and strong
    quantitative and analytical skills and ability to solve complex problems. The ideal candidate must be able
    to multi‐task with the ability to manage projects with a strong attention to detail, give and receive
    feedback, and possess strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
     The Inventory Planner assists in the development, execution and communication of merchandise
    financial plans and strategies that support the merchandising, marketing, and financial objectives
    of a division/department.
     Assist in managing the financial success of a division/department or class by meeting sales, gross
    margin and inventory productivity goals.
     Analyze historical data and current trends. Identify risks and opportunities by
    division/department or class and solicit ideas for issue resolution.
     Participate in formulation of pre-season strategy with merchant Create pre-season financial sales
    and inventory plans by department, classes and/or style.
     Participate in reconciliation of top-down to bottom-up plans.
     Recap and review actual sales performance weekly/monthly to plan.
     Re-project in-season sales and inventories on a weekly/monthly basis.
     Identify risks/opportunities and develop action plans to achieve financial goals (open to buy).
     Re-forecast sales and manage inventory for all basic styles to meet financial goals.
     Partner with Manager in managing division level markdowns and strategies.
     Communicate financial results to manager and cross-functional team on a weekly basis.
     Able to build and maintain productive relationships with planning and cross-functional teams
    Provide manager with timely feedback on personal developmental and training needs.
     
     Actively participate in company sponsored planner training programs.
     
    Qualifications:
     Ability to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
     Demonstrates logical analysis and problem solving skills
     Possesses an ability to understand financial measurements and how to impact them
     Demonstrates strong listening, written and oral communication skills
     Able to build and maintain productive relationships
     Technology proficiency, including the ability or aptitude to learn technical applications
     Proficient in Microsoft Excel
     Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
    2+ years analytical experience, preferably in a specialty retail
    2+ environment eCommerce experience strongly preferred
     
     
    If you are interested in applying, please go to our website: http://www.stelladot.com/about/careers.
     

  •  Stella & Dot is looking for TWO Inventory Planning Analysts!

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

    Inventory Planning Analyst
     
    Join a world-class, hyper growth company with a seasoned executive team. Stella & Dot, one of INC
    500’s fastest growing companies (rank 67) is a dynamic boutique style jewelry company with unlimited
    opportunity. Our mission is to revolutionize entrepreneurial opportunities in direct sales by reinventing
    the category. Think a modern day and stylish version of Mary Kay, blended with social networking and
    ecommerce. Stella & Dot has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on The
    View, The Today Show, and in countless fashion magazines such as InStyle and Lucky.
    If ‘mediocrity’ and ‘just good enough’ make you cringe, if you are a brilliant, energetic, organized,
    creative, self-motivated and ready to take charge in a key role at an innovative company, this could be the
    career for you. Please read more about us at stelladot.com.
    Brief Description:
     
     
    The Inventory Planning Analyst assists in the development, execution and communication of
    merchandise financial plans and the associated administrative duties. This position reports to the VP of
    Inventory Planning and will work in our San Bruno, CA HQ.
     
     
    Description:
     
    The position requires someone with the ability to analyze and process large amounts of data, and strong
    quantitative and analytical skills and ability to solve complex problems. The ideal candidate must be able
    to multi‐task with the ability to manage projects with a strong attention to detail, give and receive
    feedback, and possess strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
     The Inventory Planning Analyst assists in the development, execution and communication of
    merchandise financial planning, administration and strategies that support the merchandising,
    marketing, and financial objectives of a division/department.
     Assist in managing the financial success of a division/department or class by meeting sales, gross
    margin and inventory productivity goals.
     Enter and analyze inventory data using Excel
     Analyze historical data and current trends. Identify risks and opportunities by
    division/department or class and solicit ideas for issue resolution.
     Participate in formulation of pre-season strategy with merchant Create pre-season financial sales
    and inventory plans by department, classes and/or style.
     Partner with Inventory Planners in creating pre-season financial sales and inventory plans
     Participate in reconciliation of top-down to bottom-up plans.
     Recap and review actual sales performance weekly/monthly to plan.
     Re-project in-season sales and inventories on a weekly/monthly basis.
     Identify risks/opportunities and develop action plans to achieve financial goals (open to buy).
     Re-forecast sales and manage inventory for all basic styles to meet financial goals.
     Partner with Planners in managing division level markdowns and strategies.
     Communicate financial results to manager and cross-functional team on a weekly basis.
     Able to build and maintain productive relationships with planning and cross-functional teams
     Provide manager with timely feedback on personal developmental and training needs.
     
     Actively participate in company sponsored planner training programs.
     
    Qualifications:
     Excellent knowledge of Excel
     Ability to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
     Demonstrates logical analysis and problem solving skills
     Possesses an ability to understand financial measurements and how to impact them
     Demonstrates strong listening, written and oral communication skills
     Able to build and maintain productive relationships
     Technology proficiency, including the ability or aptitude to learn technical applications
     Proficient in Microsoft Excel
     Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
    0-2 years analytical experience, preferably in a specialty retail
    0-2 years experience in an ecommerce environment experience strongly preferred
     
    If you are interested in applying, please go to our website: http://www.stelladot.com/about/careers
     

  •  Shop. org Annual Summit 2013

    Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

    The Shop.org Annual Summit 2013 Student Program Agenda is now available!

    Building off of the inaugural Student Program presented at Retail’s BIG Show in January, the Foundation aims to showcase to hundreds of the brightest students and educators from across the country the innovative and technology driven careers they didn’t know exist in retail, provide an opportunity to network with retail recruiters, and hear career advice directly from executives and CEOs leading the way in digital retail.

    The program is only open to registered students and educators.

    For the full agenda click below.

    http://summit13.shop.org/student-program

  •  Retailing of Tomorrow

    Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

    Dr. Kalyanam discusses how retail education is evolving with the changes in the industry.

  •  The Fit Club: How Service Solves the Sizing Problem

    Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013

    RMI's Director, Kirthi Kalyanam, discusses the perpetuating problem of sizing and how it effects eCommerce.

  •  Is Google the new Apple?

    Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

    Prof. Kirthi Kalyanam is quoted a post by Marketplace.

    He discusses the above question... Is Google the new Apple?

  •  Fall 2012 Newsletter

    Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

    Check out the electronic version of our Fall 2012 Newsletter here!

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