Senior Manager, Procurement Planning

PEARL iZUMi

Louisville, CO Remote Hybrid work schedule, (3 days in office, 2 remote)

Full time

$95-115k (annually)

Operations & Supply Chain

Apr 29

Senior Manager, Procurement Planning

Department: Supply Chain

Location: Louisville, CO (HQ)


Introduction to careers at PEARL iZUMi:

At PEARL iZUMi, we all play an integral role in our mission to “Unlock the Power of Inspiration and Impact” in a supportive, fast-paced, productive and inclusive work environment.  This is why we exist, and all team members contribute in tangible and sometimes profound ways. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more diverse we are, the better our work will be. If you see value in “unlocking” this potential, then PEARL iZUMi could be the place for you.  We are looking for passionate like-minded people who are fueled by an innate desire to work in an environment focused on team success.  Whether your role is to create, to sell, or to support, careers at PEARL iZUMi give you an opportunity to make a difference.

We are also laser-focused on finding the right people who share our core values – Trust, Craft, Empathy, Impact, and Plus 1.  Check out our website to see how PEARL iZUMi defines and captures these critical internal values.  To be clear, we evaluate all candidates on their demonstrated commitment to these values.

Overview of role:   

The focus of this position is to lead several areas of PEARL iZUMi’s supply chain, including but not exclusive to procurement of finished goods, inventory management, master planning, vendor management and overall product delivery. In the larger scope for PEARL iZUMi this position will balance the requirements of maintaining; product service levels while simultaneously balancing the company’s investment in inventory. 

The Senior Manager of Procurement Planning is also responsible for managing areas of the supply planning processes, supporting forecast creation and executing, assisting vendors on capacity and priority control.  This position will also provide leadership and support in a Management role to Buyer/Planners on the team.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Maintain in-season SKU level forecast for multiple product families and factories, for multiple distribution points
  • Align (financially) the seasonal forecast numbers and process with the Senior Manager, Operations
  • Maintain an open to buy process (or similar) that aligns to inventory and financial targets
  • Responsible for achieving the overall Supply Chain calendar timelines, including monthly deadlines, new season setup and coordination with Product, Sales and Finance
  • Support Planning team to achieve company service and inventory levels goals
  • Provide continuous evaluation of business requirements to drive the development and implementation of solutions for automation, standardization and improvement of; processes, reporting, analysis, metrics and tools
  • Publish regular KPIs, reporting and other performance metrics, such as availability and backorders, to support and guide overall inventory direction
  • Independently and proactively devise analysis and process improvement to support supply chain strategies and inventory targets
  • Drive and institute forecast accuracy 
  • Actively contribute to the design and execution of supply chain and inventory strategies
  • Balance requirements of various departments from a product visibility and delivery viewpoint; includes planning updates, availability reports, sales program support, future inventory projection
  • Actively participate in the development of the direct reports and provide guidance towards a career path
  • Support and/or lead implementation of information systems
  • Manage projects on initiatives related to ongoing company growth
  • Oversee activities of others throughout the company to ensure balance and the on-time delivery of inventory
  • Act as a positive and energetic agent of change and improvement, working to elevate the supply chain acumen of the entire organization
  • Work to continuously improve, update and adjust the planning system functions to better support the overall business
  • Maintain high expectations of vendor management practices
  • Implement best practice and standard operating procedures 
  • Accountable for setting the necessary monthly and seasonal assumptions in the planning system
  • Monitor inventory levels and adjust buy plans on a monthly basis and provide overview to Upper Management
  • Act as escalation path for all relationships and communications with factories regarding forecast, production timelines, shipping, quality concerns and capacity constraints
  • Support Buyer/Planners in resolving challenges at the factory level, including PO delays, development delays, and materials delivery issues, to create win-win solutions.  May include negotiation of additional costs related to above

Job Qualifications:  

  • B.A./B.S. degree
  • 7+ Years in Planning, Procurement or Purchasing
  • 5+ Years Management Experience
  • APICS Certification preferred
  • Apparel and footwear industry experience preferred
  • High level domain skill and experience with operations planning, product forecasting, master planning, and vendor management
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; including ability to think and plan strategically related to supply chain execution
  • Strong business acumen, with excellent process and problem-solving skills, and experience collaborating at all levels of an organization
  • Attention to detail, ability to manage multiple sources of data and prioritize issues towards a singular goal
  • Ability to manage multiple categories, seasons, and conflicting objectives (service vs. inventory management)
  • Strong leadership to guide Buyer/Planner team in areas of planning and procurement
  • Provide concise and regular updates and reports to Upper Management
  • Proven experience and understanding of factory production techniques, operations, and processes, including tracking purchase orders, balancing factories, and general delivery requirements
  • Understanding of purchasing rules, regulations, methods, forms, purchase orders and accounts payable processes preferred
  • Excellent organizational, prioritizing, multi-tasking and problem-solving skills with a strong sense of urgency
  • Self-starter and possess the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Willing to accept change, manage priorities, and provide the necessary and timely commitments to ensure company success
  • Good interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with internal and external partners
  • Analytical, detail oriented, accurate, timely with heavy attention to detail
  • Proactive in identifying issues and implementing solutions
  • Team/collaboration-based approach to decision making


NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualification associated with the job.  The successful candidate will be expected to perform all functions from administrative processing to leading change initiatives. 

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