Associate Planner Job

Job Title: Associate Planner
Department: Merchandise Planning & Allocation

The Cato Corporation, a leading specialty retailer of value-priced women’s fashion apparel with corporate offices located in Charlotte, North Carolina, operates three concepts: Cato, It’s Fashion and Versona.  The company has over 1,300 stores throughout the United States and a diverse workforce of over 10,000 associates.  The Company’s stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “CATO”.

Cato is seeking Merchandise Planning and Allocation professionals to join its team.  Associate Planners supports the successful development and communication of merchandise financial plans.  Analyze the effect of merchandising decisions on sales, markdowns, and profit.  Prepare weekly open-to-buy reports with forecasts of sales, markdowns, inventory & profit.  Work with Senior Planners and merchants to evaluate performance and make recommendations based on identified opportunities and risks.  Requirements include 3 years experience in merchandise planning and allocation; four year college degree; strong technical skills in PC based systems as well as strong analytical, math, organization and communication (verbal and written) skills. Prior experience in a specialty retail organization is preferred.

To express your interest in these opportunities, please submit resume and salary history in confidence to The Cato Corporation, Attn:  Recruitment, PO Box 34216, Charlotte, NC  28234, fax to (704) 551-7246 or email


8100 Denmark Road
Charlotte, NC 28273-5975
Attn: Recruitment

(704) 551-7246

For our online employment application, click here. If you are interested in working in a Cato, Versona, It's Fashion, or It's Fashion Metro store, fill out the online employment application and take the completed form to the store. To find the store nearest you, please click on the Store Locator.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Drug-free workplace
You must be at least 18 years of age to be employed by the company.