Demand Planning Associate

Summary:

Primary responsibility is to plan key customers business and forecast sales demand accurately on a seasonal and monthly basis. Successful candidates will balance using automated modeling tools with a collaborative business planning process. Additional areas of focus will include strong analysis and reporting skills to recognize product trends, influence strategy and communicate performance to management.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for key customer and/or channel demand forecast with a focus on customer and sku accuracy.
  • Collaborate with sales team to plan key customers by door cluster and style pre-season utilizing standard tool.
  • Prepare and present detailed, compelling pre-season plans to key customers at market.
  • Align on with key customers pre-season season plans and benchmarks for success (ex. turn and/or SPSPW goals by style).
  • Leverage POS data to inform statistical, system generated forecasts.
  • Manage forecast requirements through automated replenishment tool.
  • Collaborate monthly with key customer partners and Sales Team to incorporate customer initiatives and market intelligence into forecasts.
  • Lead monthly demand review meetings aligning with Sales Team on consensus demand forecast.
  • Partner with sales counterpart on new style forecasts & inventory assumptions.
  • Collaborate with inventory manager customizing inventory requirements to attain corporate inventory goals.
  • Provide visibility to Sales and Management on inventory risks/opportunities including strategies for existing items, new products, and out of stocks

Education/Experience:

  • 3-6 years in Merchandise Planning, Inventory Management, Allocation or Buying
  • Prefer Apparel background
  • Intermediate to Advanced Excel skills
  • Experience with Retail Buying, Demand Planning or retail replenishment systems
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Key Skills/ Abilities:

  • Analytical & measurement focused
  • Clear communication
  • Attention to detail & follow through
  • Problem solving & creative thinking
  • Strong interpersonal skills/relationship building skills

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