Category Planner - Bell + Giro

Vista Outdoor

Scotts Valley, CA, USA

Full time

May 14

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!


Position Overview


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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