Description To lead, inspire and provide strategic and operational direction to maximise identified trading opportunities at division, region and store level.
Provide accurate forecasts of customer demand through management by exception, optimising inventory management through the supply chain within defined parameters.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTSMinimum of 5+ years’ planning experience in Retail / FMCGRelevant commercial degree / qualification would be an advantageStores’ experience would be an advantageFlexible with the ability to travelComputer literacy and competent excel skillsExcellent understanding of internal and external factors impacting on customer demandHighly numerate and able to deal with large volumes of dataGood understanding of store customer profilesGood product knowledge and understanding of product life cycleStrong analytical skill / interpretative ability, including understanding of and ability to read graphs and identify trendsProven ability to use statistical forecasting tools (ie.
RDF, Cognos, etc.)Understanding of supply chain concepts, processes and systemsKnowledge of store operations and store processes (including customer profiles, competitors, etc.
Problem solving skills ability to identify problems and implement effective solutionsProactive ability to anticipate events and plan for them in detailTeam player with strong integration skills and ability to work well under pressureAbility to influence others, build and sustain relationships across functional teamsAssertive communication skillsCommercially driven JOB SPECIFICATIONSOptimise profitability through effective management of a set of KPI’s and effective reporting and analysisProvide input into the event planning process detailing the impact of holidays and events on store tradeCommunicate and integrate with the Planning Management teams to ensure objectives are alignedProvide input into Assortment & Space planning to maximise trading opportunitiesBuild and develop relationships with the DE’s, Regional Managers and Trading Managers to ensure two way communication and alignment in understanding of divisional strategy as well as short term focusesIntegrate with the store and regional management teams around store process compliance and stock management processesEffective planning and signoff of focus store targets to maximise sales and availability for events, promotional activity and exceptional trading periods