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Inventory Planning Full-Time Training Program

Merchandise Planning
242848 Requisition #


The Inventory Planning Training Program is a robust 16 week rotational training program that gives you exposure to multiple areas of a corporate Inventory Planning team. Teammates will complete two rotations in two departments within Inventory Planning. During each rotation, you will have classroom training that you will then implement on the job. At the end of the program, you will then have the opportunity to be placed in a department within Inventory Planning in either of our two brands – AE or aerie.

The Inventory Planning department ensures that the AEO customer has what they want, when they want it, and where they need it. They determine appropriate levels of merchandise to send to each and every store. You will be responsible for replenishing store inventory levels based upon shipment received, as well as maintain a well-balanced inventory in direct proportion to sales. Inventory Planners interpret and analyze inventory and sales reports, to make logical and profitable business decisions.


  • Teammates will have the opportunity to rotate between two areas within the Inventory Planning department
  • “On-the-Job” training with assignments guided by an individual Coach & Mentor
  • Classroom learning that includes: retail math, reports, systems training, imports, department overviews, career path, and presentation skills
  • Individual and group projects
  • Roundtables with top executives
  • Bi-weekly self-evaluations to understand progress throughout program
  • Opportunity of being placed into an open role within an IP team upon completion of the program


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or equivalent
  • Candidates must have obtained their degree in advance of the February program start date
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Passion for retail and knowledge of the AEO Inc. family of brands
  • Strong business acumen through classes, internships or prior work experience
  • Ability to think strategically coupled with strong analytical skills
  • Strong organizational, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, and presentation skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting
  • High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, specifically Excel, Outlook & Internet applications

American Eagle Outfitters is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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