Junior Allocator

RipCurl - Costa Mesa, CA

Posted: July 3rd, 2018


Job description

The Ultimate Surfing Company Established in the late 60's by two young surfers at Bells Beach, Australia, Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the Crew on The Search. The products we make, the events we run, the riders we support and the people we reach globally are all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on. Rip Curl remains a private company committed to the mission of being regarded as The Ultimate Surfing Company. Our crew is dedicated to delivering the best products and enjoying their work, so we are always looking for exceptional and passionate people to join our team to add their special and unique talents to the mix! Go on... join The Search... 

General Function

To provide allocation & administrative support to the Retail Buying Team. The Junior Allocator will work directly with the Planning Manager and buyers to ensure the optimum stock levels are in all locations to maximize sales and profit. The ideal candidate will have previous hands-on retail experience and strong analytical and mathematical skills as well as exceptional team working skills. 

Role Accountabilities

Allocation Duties

  • Responsible for Flagship, Canada & Airport store in-season allocations for all apparel and technical product divisions. 
  • Work closely with the Planning Manager and buyers in planning and maintaining optimum stock levels. 
  • Adhere to allocation parameters that take into account store capacity, demand, bulks, and seasonality. 
  • Propose and implement inter store transfers and movement of stock to achieve optimal stock balances. 
  • Bulk Management – Ensure that bulks are being distributed in a timely manner. 
  • Monitor and ensure recommended size ratios are maintained across styles. 
  • Manage system inventory accuracy 
  • Oversee system returns & transfers 

Administrative Duties

  • Oversee reporting for weekly business needs. 
  • Oversee M3 (data system) order file maintenance. 
  • Troubleshoot shipment/delivery delays. 
  • Responsible for PO entry. 
  • Effective liaison across all areas of the business. 
  • Any other ad hoc duties as reasonably requested. 

Essential Qualities

  • Detail Oriented 
  • Proven Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word & Powerpoint 
  • Recent retail (shop floor) experience 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to effective liaise with all levels of staff. 
  • Excellent sense of urgency & follow-up 
  • Highly organized, with the ability to coordinate numerous concurrent projects 
  • Passionate about analyzing information and identifying risks & opportunities 
  • Strong communication skills (written & verbal) 
  • Flexibility of working outside normal working hours 
  • Able to sit for long periods of time 


  • 1-2 years allocation experience preferred. 
  • In store retail experience preferred. 
  • Must be passionate about the Rip Curl brand!
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About RipCurl

In The Beginning...
The year: 1969. A man called Armstrong is about to walk on the moon.
(In fact, the day he does so, Bells Beach is ten foot and near perfect. Two Torquay locals, Charlie Bartlett and Brian Singer, surf their brains out before going home to watch the other momentous event on black and white TV.)

In Australia, surfing is at a curious stage of its development. The “short board revolution” of 1967 has created a frenzy of experimentation in surfboard design and surfing technique.

In the cool climate of Victoria, sanity prevails in design and technique, if not in the temperaments of the surfers. The cold, always a great leveller, has created a hardy breed of surfer who has no time for the hoopla and hype of the glitter beach capitals of the world. And by 1969 these like-minded souls have begun to gravitate towards the equally no-frills seaside town of Torquay, just a couple of kilometres away from Bells Beach, home of some of the most challenging waves in Australia.

And it is into this environment that Doug “Claw” Warbrick and Brian “Sing Ding” Singer decide to pitch their fledgling surf company, Rip Curl. And yes, it will be called Rip Curl.

Rip Curl Surfboards did well in a highly competitive market which had opened up in response to the revolution in design. Pioneers like Gordon Woods and Barry Bennett in Sydney and George Rice in Victoria had been joined by hundreds of wide-eyed hopefuls operating, like Rip Curl, out of garages and tool sheds.

In many cases enthusiasm and innovation overshadowed technical expertise and quality, but Rip Curl concentrated on producing a small number of functional surfcraft for local waves.

In 1970, however, Warbrick and Singer made the decision which changes forever the nature of their fledgling company. Looking at the essential needs of their fellow surfers in cold-water Victoria, they see that one – a board to ride – is being serviced by too many companies, while the other – a wetsuit to keep out the cold – is being serviced by only two, one of whom makes wetsuits for divers and has only a marginal commercial interest in surfing.

Rip Curl took over an old house in Torquay and the partners made a small investment in a pre-World War II sewing machine. They put together a crew of locals and went into production, cutting out the rubber on the floor and handing the pieces to an over-worked and underpaid machinist.

By today’s standards, the prototype Rip Curl wetsuits were primitive, but they differed from others on the market in that they evolved through interaction with  surfers.

The people who ran the company were – and still are – the test pilots. There can be no more direct line of communication...