Manager, Planning & Inventory Management (Contract)

  • Home Office
  • Associate
  • Supply Chain

Company Description

Current Indigo employees should apply through the Internal Mobility page using your @indigo.ca email address.

Dedicated to telling stories and creating experiences, Indigo is always looking for bright, energetic and customer-focused people who can help bring our exciting mission to life in one of our more than 200 Indigo, Indigospirit, Chapters and Coles stores across Canada. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities at our retail stores, distribution centres, and home office for people who share our passions and want to be part of a dynamic and enriching culture.

WHO WE ARE

  • We love books and all things beautiful
  • We are Canada’s Cultural Department Store
  • Books are our heart and our soul and Great Books are JUST the Beginning…

We play by the following rules:

  • We exist to add joy to our customers’ lives each and every time they interact with us and our products
  • Our job is to create joyful moments for our customers
  • We treat each other the way we’d treat a valued friend
  • We inspire each other to do our best work
  • We seek to ignite creativity and innovation every day
  • We give back to the communities in which we operate

Job Description

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 

The Manager, Planning and Inventory Management is responsible for driving financial performance and inventory productivity, with the goal of meeting/exceeding sales, margin and inventory turn targets. Partnering with Category Manager the incumbent will develop Category Strategy, create Merchandise Financial Plans, support assortment plans, reforecast OTB, collaborate on managing in-season business and drive permanent markdown management.

•    Partner with Category Manager to develop and execute category strategies based on customer feedback/preferences to achieve financial goals and business objectives
•    Partner with Category Manager in development of conceptual assortment plans and reconcile assortment plans against financial goals
•    Provide in-depth analysis of product performance and make recommendations to maximize business opportunities
•    Focus on the analytics, financial and inventory performance
•    Manage and maintain OTB
•    Manage allocations and inputs into the forecasting and replenishment systems working with cross functional partners to validate forecast
•    Partner with Category Manager to manage open-to-buy/business performance in-season to maximize sales opportunities 
•    Support the Category Manager to collaborate with Store Design and Visual Merchandising on space planning
•    Develop merchandise financial/store plans and open-to-buy 
•    Manage overall markdown process to ensure smooth launch/exit of inventory
•    Develop and execute financial/assortment analytics and reporting 
•    Understand the impact to Indigo of changing external environmental factors 
•    Develop replenishment budget 
•    Work with Category Manager to develop allocation strategy by:
•    determining allocation and in-season readiness to monitor/manage allocation/replenishment performance
•    re-forecasting replenishment budget to inform Open-to-Buy
•    management of product flow from DC to stores, in-season
•    Communicate with and support stores and DCs 
•    Accountable for managing Replenishment
•    Support the creation of the Store/location plans during MFP process
•    Ensure the completion of team deliverables and set/adhere to team budgets, as applicable
•    Act as an advocate for the customer by placing them at the forefront of all design and decision-making processes
•    Proactively identify and anticipate customer expectations and needs
•    Embrace and seek out technology that creates high tech and high touch solutions for Indigo’s customers
•    Challenge the status quo and consistently identify areas for improvement, diagnose issues and working to resolve them
 

Qualifications

WHO YOU ARE: 

•    5+ years Retail experience or equivalent business-related experience
•    2+ years of experience as Manager of a team
•    Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics or equivalent
•    Strong analytical skills, ability to analyze and utilize financial measurements including: sales, gross margin, receipt flow, OTB, etc. to impact the business
•    SAP or mass data experience
 

Additional Information

Indigo Books & Music is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity. Accommodations are available upon request for all applicants with a disability throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources if you require accommodation. We will work with all applicants to accommodate their individual accessibility needs. 

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