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 & 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.
Periodically Review Supply Planning Master data i.e. LT, MSQ with Local RP/SSM for accurate FG planning.
Generate and Publish FGI PREQ Plan.
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) with at least 5 years Category Management & finished goods planning experience.
Strong analytical skills & business acumen.
Highly organized and experience in inventory & finished goods planning and a business background in retail, wholesale or e-commerce channel sales or marketing.
Technical proficiency with computer software tools.
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.
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.