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Analyst, Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)

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ANALYST, VENDOR MANAGED INVENTORY
START DATE: ASAP
CONTRACT: ON-GOING
LOCATION: SAN FRANCISCO

** A FORTUNE 500 FASHION COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL ANALYST, VENDOR MANAGED INVENTORY (VMI) **

RESPONSIBLITIES:
• Assist in the development, implementation and rollout of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) software and service delivery to major wholesale customers
• Manage and coordinate activities related to VMI customers from details of weekly order execution including model sets, pre-order development, review, approval, order generation, transmission and acceptance
• Works independently as a liaison between multiple internal departments/functions to deliver VMI services and extend planning and service standards directly to the retail floor
• Gather and analyze internal and customers’ planning requirements and problems to help refine customized solution through our in-house software applications to solve business problems and optimize operational efficiency
• Ensure the planning framework delivers best-in-class retail inventory planning, replenishment and management including model development, early exception identification and reporting, and acting to secure collaborative solutions
• Act as a subject matter expert on VMI tools and processes, relationship development and account Statement of Understanding agreements
• Participate on the customer VMI/co-managed customer teams, ensuring a single point of contact for customers
• Continuously strives to improve customer service to meet the customer’s targets
• Ensures effective alignment, control, and delivery of mutual commitments between VMI customers and the brand
• Resolve technology-supported business process issues in a timely manner through coordination with internal and external IT counterparts
• Work closely with IT department for VMI system improvements and enhancements
• Maintain issues log and documentation of business processes and solution requirements
• Provide input on service requirements, standards and business needs
• Refine input to business processes, test plans and user reporting interfaces as needed
• Complete quality assurance testing and work to resolve any solution or technical design issues during the implementation
• Troubleshoot and communicate start-up technical issues, process and performance gaps with new on-boarding accounts
• Ensure VMI team adheres to all brand term of engagement policies and procedures
• Analyze overall VMI process and reporting, making recommendations for improvements

REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum 5 years of experience in apparel retail buying and planning including experience in large-volume buying and merchandising
• Exceptional retail planning skills
• Strong customer service orientation
• Strong communication and presentation skills
• Ability to build and maintain effective key relationships
• Exceptional analytical problem solving capabilities
• Ability to act as a change catalyst
• Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
• Vendor managed inventory planning experience a plus
• Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
• Experience with SAS Size Optimization and SAP Business Objects a plus

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