ForecastINg and Planning Analyst
Blinds To Go Inc
Montreal, Canada
12d ago

As a Forecasting and Planning Analyst , you will develop a statistical forecast and Demand Planning for Customized Window Treatment products.

This position is accountable for raw material availability to deliver customized product within 48 hours by cross-managing inventory at two manufacturing plants and a warehousing facility.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and actively manage SKU forecasts utilizing inputs including : sales forecast, historical demand, promotional plans, new product introductions, end of life and product rationalization.
  • Analyze forecasts of SKUs including seasonal promotions, incorporating all pertinent information to help obtain optimal results.
  • Determine the forecast model that is most appropriate for each SKU based on product life, market trends, and seasonality.
  • Identify and adjust safety stock levels based on product type, lead-time and run-rates.
  • Review forecasts to identify outliers, communicate action plans and revise future forecasts.
  • Promote continuous improvement of forecasting processes, procedures and policies.
  • Update Forecasting Software parameters on a monthly basis with the results of the latest forecast.
  • Manage inventory levels to minimize waste while ensuring minimum back orders.
  • Engage in solution-based communication that ensures business needs are met, partnering with Merchandising and Purchasing cross-
  • functional teams to ensure strategies and plans are transparent and fully integrated.

  • Create and maintain an up-to-date forecast and purchase plan for all new products and report on sales trends and inventory status upon launch to maximize sales, while minimizing inventory liabilities.
  • Create ad hoc reporting as necessary.
  • Skills & Requirements

  • BA degree in Supply Chain, Business, Statistics or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others demonstrates ability to deliver strong business results by working collaboratively with both internal and external resource effectively.
  • Utilizes resources effectively to overcome challenges and achieve business objectives. Takes ownership where appropriate.

  • Independent priority-setting prioritizes tasks to maximize impact and results with limited resources and time. Correctly and consistently assesses and prioritizes what is mission-
  • critical, nice to complete, or not central to achieving the goals.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills ability to convert analysis into insights and actionable plans. Able to sort through complex data to identify the core issues and develop a plan of action to resolve them.
  • Resourceful at achieving objectives / results despite obstacles. Comfortable making conclusions with incomplete information.

  • Strong communication and influence skills clear, concise, and persuasive in style. Ability to build strong and productive relationships with cross-
  • functional teams, and vendors.

  • Results orientation focuses not only on what needs to be achieved, but also makes sure that it’s done the right way.
  • Energized by an entrepreneurial environment not afraid to do things themselves to get things done. Comfortable making decisions with limited information and resources.
  • Self-reliant / proactive and has a pioneering spirit. Takes initiative and follows-through on commitments to achieve results.

    Other Special Requirements

  • ERP system experience preferred
  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite. Advanced Excel skills are required (i.e. v-lookups, pivot tables, formula creation).
  • Experience with MS Access is preferred.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of retail math
  • Demonstrated problem solving and troubleshooting capabilities
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills along with the ability to influence others
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task under time sensitive deadlines Demonstrated analytical skills, knowledge of merchandising concepts and the ability to analyze key business indicators
  • Blinds To Go. Building a great company one person at a time

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