Director Planning & Inventory

This Director Planning & Inventory is responsible for leading the planning, forecasting, and reporting of Best Made. The position will ensure the accuracy and efficiency of the ongoing inventory processes and the integrity of the daily, weekly and monthly reporting. This position will report to the Chief Financial Officer


Develop topline and category annual / seasonal sales, margin and inventory targets for forward 3 years.
Coordinate with merchandising to develop assortment plans that tie to company financial goals.
Manage development/rollout/training of all reporting tools
Manage internal reporting database and ensure data accuracy
Develop planning and merchandising tools to support daily functions (planning, purchasing, reorders, purchase order maintenance etc.).
Ensure planning/merchandising/production needs are prioritized with IT resources / operations.
Manage inventory across all systems – ensure accuracy and consistency.
Process daily data transactions from POS / Website to Host System (QuickBooks)
Process manual transactions in QuickBooks (Credit Memo’s, Exchanges), Inventory Transfers & Adjustments.
Import QuickBooks data weekly to internal reporting system, reconciliation and update monthly / as needed.
Create investor/executive monthly business summary incorporating Planning/Merchandising/Marketing
Create sound policies and procedures regarding planning/forecasting, inventory purchasing, reporting.
Further develop Chartio for use by broader team (marketing, production).

Competencies… “You have..”

7-10+ years working in retail cross functional planning role
Strong quantitative and analytical skills
Through understanding of inventory management best practices
Detail oriented work approach with focus on data veracity and accuracy
Leadership ability to partner with key business leaders on business forecasting and planning
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated presentation experience
Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet aggressive deadlines
Demonstrated team-building skills and problem resolution skills
Demonstrated initiative, ability to drive and achieve results and goals
Proven track record of implementing successful projects and related best practices, both technical and operational
Proven ability to interpret and synthesize data into intelligent business decisions and to clearly communicate complex ideas
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with proven ability to interact with various business groups
Detail oriented with strong organizational skills

See Inside the Office of Best Made Co

Best Made Co. brings superior-quality outdoor goods to its New York City shop and web store, empowering people to get out around the campfire. The company was started after founder Peter Buchanan-Smith saw a need for a better axe—not only as a lifeline to the wilderness, but as an inspiration for people to reconnect with their hands and nature. The brand has since expanded its offerings to include apparel, bags, tools, and home goods, and was named one of Ad Age's "Top Companies Creatives Will Give Up Their Freedom For."

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