FIDM Grad: Laura Clayton

Grads share their career success stories

Laura Clayton

Merchandising & Marketing

What does it mean to you being accepted in the Business Analyst Training Program at JCPenney?
I am truly honored and so excited to become a part of such a well-known and respectable company that has stood the test of time while continuing to evolve. I feel that the Training Program will give me the opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills in a learning environment and will enable me to achieve success once I am assigned to my specific merchandise team.

What will your role/responsibilities be?
Allocating merchandise at the SKU level based on Buyer intent to ensure stores are at optimal inventory levels; developing product knowledge to be store level expert in regard to product needs and opportunities; collaborating with planning and merchandising teams to review assortment flow plan and ensure sufficient quantities are purchased to support the assortment plan; performing pre-season, in-season, and post-season analysis to uncover opportunities and risks; monitoring JCPenney warehouse inventory and flow and recommending appropriate actions to -maximize business objectives.

Do you have to relocate for this job?
I currently reside in Nashville, TN where I am a Merchandise Distribution Analyst for Kirkland's Corporate Office. I will be relocating to Dallas, TX for my job at the JCPenney Corporate Office.

How did FIDM and the Career Center help prepare you?
FIDM did an excellent job of preparing me for this job. Through my buying, planning, and allocation classes I was able to gain hands-on experience creating reports/analysis that are used daily in the retail business industry. FIDM gave me endless opportunities to gain knowledge and firsthand experience in the fashion industry through internships, events, and class projects.

I was first introduced to the JCPenney Training Program in Kevin's Professional Practices class. I feel that Kevin did an outstanding job making sure that his students were prepared to start their career path. The guidance and recommendations he gave me for my resume, cover letter, and portfolio truly helped me to stand out among other candidates during my interview process at JCPenney.

Please Note: The information contained herein was confirmed at the time of original publication.

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