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  • Sector: Sales
  • Function: Planner
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  • Duration: Direct Hire
  • Start Date: 11/12/21
  • Expiry Date: 09 December 2021
  • Job Ref: Nelson_2163933_1636497232

Job Number: 2163933

Location: Walnut Creek
Pay: $33-35 pr/hr
Direct Hire

The Inventory Planner will provide timely and accurate forecasts as a key part of the inventory planning process. This position is responsible for providing demand forecast planning and analysis and will plan inventory buys at the unit/SKU level against open to buy. This role serves as a key partner with the merchandising and finance teams.

Essential Functions:

* Work closely with finance, operations, inventory and merchandising teams to prepare monthly demand targets

* Interact with Finance to assist in monthly inventory cost projections

* Assist Buying team in the creation of pre-season assortment plans using historical and trend SKU productivity performance

* Analyze sales and provide promotional recommendations on inventory product movement to maximize sales & margin

* Provide recommendations for items to go on markdown

* Analyze Aged Inventory and provide recommendations

* Responsible for Product Margin improvement through the management of just in time inventory while minimizing markdown liability

* Create category level quarterly hindsight reports to drive strategic assortment decisions for future quarters and in-season management

* Manage Department recaps, weekly selling by classification style & color, highlighting best sellers

* Develop ad-hoc analytical reports and tools to meet the changing needs of the business

* Responsible for creating and maintaining open to buys to maximize sales & profit on a monthly basis

* Develop and manage inventory levels in line with Budget and Forecast

* Analyze all data and create the demand plan based on historical sales, market trends, seasonality, promotions, and inventory levels

* Analyze forecast based on industry trends, category/product trends and demand patterns along with changes in marketing and sales plans

* Develop forecasts for new product rollouts and line extensions; generate seasonal forecasts using historical data, market trends and product lifecycle inputs

* Develop and analyze short term forecast and promotional volume utilizing POS trends, promotional plans, marketing plans, and customer inventory levels

* Develop and monitor key KPIs and improvement activities that help increase forecast accuracy, improve customer service, reduce excess/obsolete inventory, and improve financial forecasting

* Develop projects to improve the Demand Planning organization and efficiency


* Comfortable working in a fast-paced, startup environment

* Excellent analytical, time management and organization skills; meticulous attention to detail

* Demonstrates a high degree of personal and professional integrity

* Ability to prioritize work assignments and shift work efforts based on the needs of the department or business goals

* Ability to work positively and collaboratively with different groups within the company to advance the company's stability and growth

* Ability to work independently, be self-motivated and work effectively in a team environment

* Skilled at communicating clearly both verbally and in writing

* Excellent problem-solving skills; willingness to think out-of-the-box to resolve issues

* Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency with Windows, Mac and Google products

* Advanced Microsoft Excel skills

* Knowledge of standard applications (Netsuite, Slack, Office365, Chrome, etc.)

Education and Experience:

* Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain, Engineering or related field (or equivalent work experience)

* 5-7 years of professional demand planning/forecasting experience

* Must have e-commerce, retail or consumer product industry experience

* Familiarity with NetSuite Demand Planning software (or similar platforms)

About Nelson:

If you're looking for a new opportunity, the recruiting and staffing experts at Nelson can help. We work with companies of all types and sizes across all industries. We help people like you find exciting roles with employers ranging from Fortune 100, government, and nonprofit organizations to local businesses, industry leaders, and the most agile start-ups. The candidates we work with appreciate our responsive approach, genuine relationships, and exceptional service. With a commitment to transparency, authenticity, and credibility, we look forward to our jobs every day, and we're excited to help you find the job you've been looking for. Nelson is an EEO Employer: Race, Religion, Color, National Origin, Citizenship, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Ancestry, Veteran Status, Genetic Information, Service in the Uniformed Services or any other classification protected by law.