Category Planner - Bell + Giro
Category Planner - Bell + Giro
Bell + Giro are a family of purpose-built brands blending art, science & soul. We provide confidence and protection throughout our consumer’s progression from beginner to committed enthusiast. Our goal is to enhance the ride, promote adventure and fuel the fun. Get out and ride!
The Category Planner role is highly collaborative, working across multiple cross functional teams. Leadership, collaboration, facilitation and strategic thinking are critical in this role. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the management and implementation of all global demand and supply requirements for customers across various business units. The position will be responsible for inventory planning which requires attention to detail, close partnership and proactive communication with management, sales, customer service, marketing and our Asia office. Primary duties include: managing a 12-month global and regional sku level forecast; tracking of finished goods PO’s, ensuring completion of customer forecasts against sales and budget plans; proactively identify supply and demand risk; and optimizing inventory utilization.
Essential Job Functions:
Create the 12-month rolling sku/customer forecast utilizing historical data, current order book trends, and statistical models to facilitate the agreement of a consensus business plan
Create/review/validate rolling 12-month global and regional sku level demand signals incorporating multi-channel season demand to ensure balanced global inventory
Must be proficient in toggling between the minute details and the high-level perspective with the ability to interpret and communicate the impact to the business.
Responsible to ensure forecast load and push to SAP is completed successfully on a monthly basis Own Demand to Forecast deviation review and adjustment and identification of key drivers of variances, identify risks and opportunities and challenge discrepancies
Own the analysis that drives purchase decisions for supply and inventory planning for assigned product categories, generates purchase plans from reqs based on certain criteria, issues initial PO’s direct to vendor or to Asia Operations Planning team for consolidation and subsequent submission to vendor
Responsible for inventory levels, safety stock analysis and settings, fulfillment strategies for assigned product categories
Maintain appropriate SAP master data and planning parameters
Manage the CPFR process in collaborating with suppliers in providing a rolling purchase plan
Own Supply Flow Management and tracking purchases that make the most economical sense
Own the identification of materials for the quarterly inventory hold process
Drive timely decisions and execution strategies of E&O inventory. Identify necessary sell plans and financial reserve recommendation
Support the annual financial plan and budgeting process
Own the Sales Analysis process – identification of risks and opportunities with the forecast to demand translation
Partner with production-capacity planners and Asia Operations Planning team in providing demand requirement inputs to the net build plan roll up process
Tracking and reporting of KPIs and objectives
Develop, implement and maintain dashboard reporting to support a continuous improvement of the supply chain based on metric driven decisions
Lead cross-functional projects that positively impact company performance and are recognized by upper management
Education and Training:
Bachelor’s degree in business or supply chain equivalent – MBA Preferred
Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in supply chain management or planning environment
Experience working in customer products - sporting goods industry a plus
APICS certification preferred
High functional competency in SAP (or other ERP) and Excel (macros and or VBA skills) preferred.
Experience in Word Access or Business Objects desired
Experience buying and forecasting in a consumer products environment
Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrate strong aptitude in analysis, root causes identification, and problem solving
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior management
Strong understanding of demand and supply planning processes and strategy, along with enabling systems and tools
Exceptional understanding of departments and business practices beyond Demand Planning and how they affect each other
Ability to extract data from multiple systems/sources and then make recommendations
High sense of urgency and attention to detail
Challenges the status quo and looks for continuous process improvement
Excellent communication and analytical skills
Ability to adapt to change and thrive in ambiguous situations
We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veteran/Disabled
Apply online: http://vistaoutdoors.contacthr.com/83806305
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