Roanoke, Virginia

Job Description

The Sr. Visual Merchandise Specialist is responsible for partnering with Real Estate, Space Planning & Design, Inventory, Independents and the Visual Fixture team to develop and execute merchandising strategies that drive incremental sales and gross margin for Advance Auto Parts.  The Sr. Visual Merchandise Specialist will work as an expert in analyzing return on space at a micro (sku/shelf) level, managing timelines and upholding Advance Auto Parts merchandising guidelines. This role is also responsible for delivering accurate store/mapping/sku relationships to maximize efficient inventory replenishment principles, ordering fixturing and developing merchandising floorplans.   

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Special Projects, Merchandising & Systems (40%):

Produce and distribute error-free, effectively merchandised, profitable Floorplans with clear, concise instructions through intermediate understanding and navigation of AutoCad/Storplanner Space Planning systems. Build Special Project floorplans as assigned and partner with field partners as needed to complete deliverables. Understand basic mapping of floorplans in a system based environment. Partner with the Planogram team to ensure mapping of floorplans reflects current prototypes. Create Merchandising Floorplans that match the merchandising strategy and fit into the construction outlay.        

Analysis (20%):

Understand interaction and impact of business factors: how facings, mins and capacity impact sales
and inventory.

Effectively use Excel and Access to pull and interpret reports.

Understand Portfolio Role & Intent and what metrics are most effective to report against.

Analyze and articulate key differentiators between Advance Auto Parts and other retailers through competitive shopping exercises.    

Process (15%):

Understand and adhere to Floorplan milestones. Understand and proactively prepare for Category Management/Planning milestones. Uphold basic Visual Merchandising guidelines and best practices. Coordinate and follow Space Planning & Design, Real Estate, and Independent timelines.

Communication (15%):

Communicate effectively and professionally with strategic business partners across the organization.  Raise awareness to missed or at risk milestones and propose approach to course correct.

Support Advance Auto Parts stores by (1) clearly articulating merchandising instructions accurately and (2) responding to store requests via the Floorplan Merchandising mailbox with resolution within 24-48 hours. Communicate solves and opportunities within the Real Estate Grand Opening Timeline.   

Cross Functional Relationships (10%):

Establish and develop relationships with space planning, planogram, and inventory teams. Be a vocal, strategic partner to the IOM and Visual teams through team meetings and mapping process. Build trust by proactively providing credible and value-added support. Work with other members of the Visual Merchandising Team and partners with other teams as necessary (e.g., Space Planning & Design, Inventory Planning, and Store Support).


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Strong attention to detail, planning and organizational skills
  • Utilize merchandising guidelines effectively with an eye for aesthetics
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced PC skills, systems aptitude and experience
  • Ability to work independently and with a high level of energy and initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to self-manage in a remote working environment
  • Ability to interface with all levels of management
  • Assertive and flexible


  • Intermediate AutoCad and/or Space Management experience preferred
  • Merchandising, Merchandise Planning, or Retail experience
  • Retail analysis/reporting experience


Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, or Design; and

2-4 years retail experience or 2-4 years Project Management experience; or

Equivalent combination of education and experience.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Open to remote work within the U.S.A.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Roanoke, Virginia

About us

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of October 9, 2021, Advance operated 4,727 stores and 234 Worldpac branches in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also serves 1,325 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and various Caribbean islands. For more information, visit

Why Advance Auto Parts wants you!

We are proud to support our nation’s Military Veterans, especially when it come to providing rewarding career opportunities when you are ready to enter the civilian workforce. When hiring new Team Members, we actively search for candidates that possess the invaluable skills that you have developed throughout your years of service! Skills like leadership, initiative, self-discipline, teamwork, excellent work ethic, to name a few.

Why you should apply!

When you join Advance Auto Parts, you’ll find many opportunities to connect with other veterans and give back to organizations that support military veterans and their families. We are proud to say that we have thousands of veterans already among our active Team Members! We hope you’ll consider joining our ranks!

What Happens After I Apply?

Once you click ‘Apply Now’ on an Advance Auto Parts job posting, you will be re-directed to fill out an application on our career page.  In order to be considered for next steps, please complete the application on Advance Auto Parts career page and make sure you have an updated resume uploaded to your RecruitMilitary profile.  Once we review your resume and profile, a recruiter will reach out to provide you with more information and to discuss next steps.



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