Forecast Planner | Retail

England, London
Depending on experience
30 Oct 2018
27 Nov 2018
Tom Edmondson-Matthews
Business Sector
Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type

Are you an experienced planner with a background in the retail sector? Are you used to working in a fast paced environment and ensuring the availability of products for your customers? If so, we'd like to hear from you.

About the Employer:

Our client is an international, multi-channel retailer with a strong high street presence and reputation for superb quality. They will offer you support and development with fantastic opportunity for progression and growth of your skills and career. They invest heavily in their people and estate to offer their customers the best possible experience and products. They work closely with suppliers in a collaborative manner to drive synergies and efficiencies throughout the supply chain.

About the Role:

This role will focus on the food side of the business and you will be responsible for managing the forecast and inventory to achieve planned sales. By building effective forecasts, you will deliver maximum sales throughout the year especially around key seasonal events and promotional activity. Working with the Buying team, you will build and maintain dynamic working relationships and identify and maximise sales and cost opportunities. You will focus on the longer term planning (beyond 28 days) and solutions to ensure our clients customers can get the products that they love all of the time whilst minimising waste. There will be a big focus on peak period trading and getting the plans right to deliver success trading periods during these busy times.

Key accountabilities include:

Optimise profit within acceptable service levels and waste parameters.
Use commercial acumen to optimise the ERP system.
Build and maintain effective relationships with the supply base to ensure accurate planning and management of inventory.
Actively contribute to the product development and ranging process of specified category.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate for this role will have a proven track record in a forecast and planning function. Strong numerical skills are essential as is the ability to analyse data to identify opportunities and threats to sales. You will be measured against forecast accuracy and the service levels, waste and profitability driven by achieving sales. With the ability to work well as part of a team, you will use your strong influencing and communications skills to deliver success within the category.

Minimum Requirements:

To be considered for this role you must have a track record of improving supply chain efficiencies and forecasts to result in greater availability whilst reducing waste. You will need to have experience with Excel and be able to analyse data utilising tools such as vlookups and pivot tables. You will be a good communicator and have a strong team work ethic.


Competitive + Benefits (call or email for full details).

Application Process:

Those selected for interview will potentially move through a two stage process before being made a formal job offer. This process can take time to complete with the busy team having limited availability for meetings. If you feel you have the required experience please click apply now. To discuss the role in more detail prior to your application please contact Tom on 01780 480 530 or Job reference TEM10973

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