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Sr Global Demand Planning Analyst

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Analyze, execute and communicate demand, inventory, purchase and delivery planning targets for all global apparel, footwear and accessories to achieve profitability and inventory goals. Analyze data and make recommendations to management in order to provide visibility to overall business in order to achieve profitability, customer coverage and inventory goals. Senior level analyst demonstrating high-level operational analysis, systems expertise and ability to handle complex issues.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

• Develop reports, provide high level analysis of information and make recommendations for decision making to support all inventory and Corporate Forecast processes (Sales, Assumptions, DC Forecasts, Slow Moving Inventory Reporting & Supply Risk Profiles). Provide scenario planning and trend analysis to determine how the global forecast and inventory plan is tracking to goals.

• Create, maintain and publish reports & scorecards and data to track actual inventory levels against corporate inventory targets and corporate financial forecasts. Provide visibility to management on areas of concern and areas of focus.

• Partner with Sales, Customer Service, Demand Planning and DC Operations teams, globally, in analysis and preparation of global inventory and Corporate Forecast Reviews for use by senior management during quarterly investor guidance.

• Assist in defining and creating reporting and analysis for planning department key performance indicators, scorecards and regional initiatives. Provide visibility on areas of concern and areas of focus. Partner with regional planning teams to better understand trends and any root cause issues.

• Maintain and communicate global process for Information Systems request intake and prioritization process. Collaborate with regional planning teams to define requirements and priorities across all planning systems and reporting.

• Work with regional planning analysts and other global planning analysts to implement best practices and operational initiatives. Possess a thorough understanding of the up-stream and the down-stream processes and high-level systems flow in order to determine the impact of process changes. Provide leadership in determining gaps and opportunities in the effectiveness of regional and/or global planning systems and processes.

• Research, recommend and deliver process improvement changes through integrated planning with Merchandising, Sales, DC, Sourcing and Finance.

Secondary Functions:

• Develop ad-hoc and repetitive reports and information tools as requested. Combine data from multiple sources and formats into tools for planning decision support, capacity and inventory analysis, auditing and other purposes. When needed, ensure a smooth transition of use to other employees within the department through documentation and training

• Provide updates to stakeholders and Management regarding project status.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Scope:

Works under limited supervision. Interprets and applies organization policy. Recommends changes in procedures. Exerts significant latitude in determining objectives. Identifies and solves complex problems that may involve multiple areas. Applies analysis, based on in-depth research and critical thinking to recommend solutions. Impact is defined by value-added advice important to the final decisions.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Interactions with others focus on information exchange and problem solving. Contacts may share confidential/sensitive company information. Communication often involves subjects of a technical nature. Incumbent usually initiates contacts on his/her own with 50% being by phone/email and the remainder via face-to-face interaction.

Supervisory Responsibility:

No formal supervisory responsibility. Responsible for providing training or leadership for team members, and planning and assigning personnel to projects or tasks. May assist with the review and evaluation of personnel.

Specific Job Skills:

Required:
• Superior analytical and problem solving skills.
• Proactive and assertive in follow-through with colleagues and business partners.
• Ability to understand and translate moderately technical concepts verbally and in writing.
• Ability to prioritize tasks and respond to urgent requests/inquiries with minimal supervisory involvement.
• The ability to collaborate and influence others.
• The ability to cope with conflicting constraints
• A well developed ability to speak, read, and write English, including writing clear and concise business communication.
• Significant experience using Microsoft Excel to create spreadsheets, charts and pivot tables; using of functions such as sumif, vlookup, and similar.
• Experience using Microsoft Access, including running preformatted reports and creating simple queries.
• Ability to apply experience and knowledge to provide creative solutions to problems

Desired:
• Experience using information systems associated with demand and supply planning.
• Previous work with other cultures in a business setting, and awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences.

Education:
Bachelor’s degree, applicable certification or equivalent experience required.

Experience:
Requires 8+ years of professional experience and mastery of relevant technical or business skills required to accomplish the job. Advanced knowledge within Supply Chain Management and related areas. Applies specialized knowledge of industry standards/practices to projects and initiatives.
Apparel/footwear industry experience desired.
International business experience desired.

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