Planning

Business Planner/Analyst - Craft Retail

REPORTS TO THIS POSITION TITLE  PLANNING MANAGER

PURPOSE

Drive replenishment business for Craft Accounts through analytical evaluation and business building recommendations; manage growth through optimal execution of replenishment.  Control inventory levels for customer and Duncan Enterprises through forecasting effectiveness.  Communicate effectively to organization and customers to support business proposals.

POSITION ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING KEY RESULTS

  • Jointly accountable for bottom up/top down seasonal unit plan that meets budget expectation.
  • Jointly responsible with National Sales Manager in projecting and delivering sales plan through replenishment business and additional seasonal opportunities.
  • Plan and forecast ongoing replenishment based on historical buys, reoccurring buys, missed opportunities, and current inventory levels of customer base.  Build, maintain, and regularly adjust as necessary.
  • Continuously measure and improve forecasting accuracy and methods to support sales opportunities with optimal inventory.
  • Responsible for analytic data integrity.
  • Identify and troubleshoot in-stock issues.
  • Work closely with National Sales Manager on seasonal feature strategies.
  • Access customer Portal data to review item forecast, point of sale and seasonal data if available in order to suggest strategies which will increase our sales growth.
  • Assist in determining end of life cycle for products within customer base.  Establish exit strategies both internally and with customer to minimize excess inventory and markdown exposure.
  • Manage SKU target replenishment metrics and item performance measurements for customer.
  • Manage new item metrics and performance.
  • Build and maintain collaborative partnership and communicate effectively with internal colleagues and external customers.
  • Oversee tracking and communication of customer orders, shipments, and fill rate.
  • Oversee supplier performance metrics, and scorecard if applicable.

TALENT PROFILE

  • Concise communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Strong analytical ability.
  • Strong collaboration skills both internal and external.
  • Time management skills.
  • Demonstrate financial acumen.
  • Independent decision making skills.
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to influence others
  • Confident in making inventory level judgments and decisions

BEHAVIORS AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • High sense of urgency.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and also work independently.
  • Out of the box/forward thinking.
  • Action driven.
  • Solution driven.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to determine relevant information and draw sound conclusions.
  • Smart risk taking spirit.
  • Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities.
  • Establish personal credibility through character, professional expertise and data integrity.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

  • Degree or relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with replenishment/merchandising/supply chain systems.
  • Retail/financial math proficient.
  • Establish Plans – Utilize business strategies to develop realistic plans and drive to execution
  • Excel proficient.
  • Demonstrate financial acumen – understand what drives the bottom line.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

  • LX knowledge or ability to learn.
  • Excel proficiency.
  • Access basic knowledge.
  • Outlook proficiency.
  • Adaptability to customer portal systems.

 

PHYSICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Office work environment.
  • Some air travel required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Heavy computer work