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The Central Planning Forecast Analyst will provide analytical, reporting and process management leadership and execution to support the companys merchandise planning. The Analyst will collaborate with cross functional partners including Merchandise Planning, Merchandising, Finance and Customer Marketing in facilitating some of the companys core practices, including our weekly Monday Reporting, our monthly Merchandise Plan Review and our periodic Theme Planning.
An individual working in this role will
*Learn how to manage large, highly visible and cross-functional processes, and in the process develop an extensive network of contacts across different functions within the company
*Hone his/her -end-to-end- analytical skills, including taking a business question and designing an analytical approach to answer it and eventually presenting the answer concisely but effectively to the business customer
*Have the ability to influence important business decisions due to the teams role and its access to senior leadership
The Analyst reports to the Manager, Central Planning and will be part of a 4-person Central Planning team that is charged with:
Coordinating and Supporting the Monday Reporting Process which involves:
*Leading the 9:30am Monday touchbase with Merchant and Planning leadership to understand the previous weeks- results and kick off the days activities to prepare for the 15% More Meeting with Executive Leadership in the afternoon.
*Coordinating the production of the discussion materials for the 15% More Meeting, which consists of working with Finance, Store Operations, Merchandising, Customer Marketing, Customer Insight and Testing.
*Managing and continuously improving the companys reporting infrastructure. This includes building and executing a suite of standard reports, managing the companys Intranet reporting site and continuously evaluating, improving and developing new reporting capabilities.
Managing the pre-season sales & margin architecture (BCM) which involves:
*Establishes the pre-season sales and margin work by applying business insight and trend logic to build-out weekly view
*Cross-functional partners with planning teams to understand CRM, Promo, and product impact on architecture
*Provides/Presents final view to senior leadership for inclusion in leadership planning reviews
Supports Merchandise Plan Review and Inventory Review Process which involves:
*Key contributor in supporting preparation work for Merchandise Plan Review.
*Primary back-up and contributor supporting Weekly and Monthly Inventory reporting activity
*Financial or merchandise analysis background preferred.
*Must have strong analytical and problem solving skills; strong aptitude and desire to work with numbers; strong attention to detail; retail math skills; ability to analyze business context and situation.
*Must be able to build collaborative partnerships cross-functionally and resolve conflict productively.
*Strong communication and presentation skills: concisely presents complex information/recommendations in terms meaningful to various audiences.
*Strong process management skills; passion for continuous improvement; ability to develop a workplan and execute against it with minimal guidance.
*Passion for retail industry.
*Ability to advance to high levels of computer literacy; exposure to relevant planning, finance, analytical, data management systems preferred. Systems used: Microstrategy
*Bachelors degree in finance, operations, economics, business or statistics
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