The Category Inventory Planner is trusted advisor to the regional planning lead to support the end-to-end inventory strategies and acts as a catalyst for driving continuous improvement through the development & optimization of supply planning.
This position is responsible for building cross-team relationships, negotiating with merchandise planning, finance, logistics, resource planning and commercial to ensure the development of profitable inventory strategies through demand and supply alignment.
Serve as a liaison between planning and inventory management to build delivery plans & flow forecasts
Responsible for building effective inventory strategies that align with financial objectives of the company
Accountable for collaborating with Inventory Management Lead and Category Inventory Managers to resolve issues related to product shipment delays
Recommend exception management activities
Support preparation of country S&OP and recommend profitable inventory decisions
Demand and Supply Alignment- Identify demand signal across markets for individual categories and engage with SSM & Resource Planning (RP) to ensure that supply is in-line with demand
Measure SKU level performance by looking at factors influencing KPI and make recommendations based on the analysis to minimize impact of excess inventory at free cash flows for the region- Interco’s
Identify key Demand signal trends, provide business insight, project excess inventory at PC9 level and coordinate recommendations and actions- Closeout and Left To Sell
Delivery Production requests to RP based on target Safety Stock, production lead time and supply chain strategies at PC9 level
Owns communication with RP to prioritize plan, review/ late/no Pconf deliveries
Coordinate off-cycle requests/ requirement of affiliates - AGR
Ensure to achieve Service Level and Fill-rate
System Report Update:
Report FG Supply Planning Metrics through BI Reports to AMA Region, Provide corrective actions for Deviations if any
Analyze the FG Supply Planning Metrics through BI reports to enable faster business decisions o Periodically Review Supply Planning Master data i.e. LT, MSQ with Local RP/SSM for accurate FG planning
Generate and Publish FGI PREQ Plan Key Attributes:
This role is ideal for a person with strong analytical skills & business acumen who is looking to develop into the next stage of his/her career path. • The successful candidate must be highly organized and should have experience in inventory & finished goods planning and a business background in retail, wholesale or e-commerce channel sales or marketing. • He/She must be able to work in a highly demanding but collegial environment where teamwork is a must.
The right candidate will be flexible, action and results oriented, and self-starting. They must also be decisive and able to move with speed to implement their own ideas.
Strong analytical/problem solving capabilities including the ability to quickly identify and communicate implications from consumer, internal and marketplace information
Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
Ability to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad, diverse group of business partners, mainly the cross-functional team
Ability to influence cross-functional partners and reports
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong listening and interpersonal skills Specialized Knowledge/Technical Skills: • Technical proficiency with computer software tools and the ability to learn new ones quickly (Microsoft Word, advanced Excel, Power Point)
APO – Demand Planning and Supply Network planning – is comfortable working in planning book and a SME • Advanced usage in ESCC – SAP
Production planning and scheduling Experience:
5-7 years Category Management & finished goods planning experience (preferably in a retail environment)
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience)
***Interested parties, please send your CV Joan Chung(pls click here) or you can call us at (852) 2520 0845 for more information.