Planning Specialist, Electronics
- Location SAN BRUNO, CA
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- Requisition GH1635766
What you'll do at
As a Planning Specialist, you are a key thought partner for the category managers and are responsible for managing sales, profit and inventory plans for a merchandise category. Creativity and agility will be paramount as you identify retail trends and synthesize information from multiple touch points – providing financial plans and supporting business solutions in a fast-paced, multi-dimensional environment.
You won’t do this alone. You will work within a world-class team of collaborative colleagues and have access to industry-leading merchandising tools and technology to help you analyze and interpret customer, partner, market, business and financial insights at scale.
About the Role
- Collaborates with cross-functional teams across the organization (Category Management, Site Merchandising, Finance, Marketing) to assist in development of financial plans
- Coordinates and completes demand plans for category suppliers/sellers, evaluating new products and assortment
- Provides input into and assists in the development of buying and inventory strategies for the category
- Analyzes seasonal inventory flow plans to ensure customer demand and return on investment goals are met; summarizes findings and develops initial recommendations for changes
- Demonstrates up-to-date expertise and applies this to the development, execution, and improvement of action plans
- Analyzes financial plans and forecasts (e.g., seasonal inventory flow plans, forecasts against actuals) for category and identifies potential changes needed to achieve category objectives
- Analyzes key performance metrics (e.g., inventory turnover, return on investment, sales, margin, product mix) for category
- Prepares and assists in the execution of category budgets, season or campaign buy plans and line review financials
Forecasting and Financial Planning:
- Creates and authorizes forecast parameters and modifications and assists in the development and execution of financial plans for category
- Monitors and calibrates vendor/seller forecasts (for 1P and 3P)
- Sets goals for category teams (e.g., category manager, site merchandising manager) based on forecasting
- Creates and implements new item/product forecasts
- Models compliance with company policies and procedures and supports company mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity
- Places and validates orders within the category
- Reviews orders to ensure appropriate item-level inventory replenishment, and processes orders for category
- Coaches less experienced team members and provides feedback to enhance skills, knowledge and work performance
- Mentors less experienced Planners
- Supports training for Planners
- Provides and supports the implementation of business solutions
- Bachelor's degree in business or related field or equivalent experience
- Three years of experience in finance, inventory replenishment, category management, site merchandising, pricing or related area
- Thought partner for Category Managers
- Analyzes performance against financial plans and forecast (sales by channel, profit, marketing) for category
- Summarizes key performance metrics (e.g., in-stock, inventory turnover, return on investment, sales, margin, channel mix)
- Understands business drivers and seasonality of specific categories and items
- Provides input into category budgets, season buy plans and line review financials
- Identification of key items and suppliers, including forecast variance to inform Category Planning Manager
- Forecasts new and seasonal items, special buys and product launches
- Support OTB forecasting for category
- Coordinates and completes demand plans for suppliers and models future buying and inventory plans
- Assists in the development of buying and inventory strategies for the category
- Analyzes and communicates seasonal inventory flow plans to ensure customer demand is met
- Assists in the placement and validation of orders within a category for key items
The Walmart US eCommerce team is rapidly innovating to evolve and define the future state of shopping. As the world’s largest retailer, we are on a mission to help people save money and live better. With the help of some of the brightest minds in merchandising, marketing, supply chain, talent and more, we are reimagining the intersection of digital and physical shopping to help achieve that mission.
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All the benefits you need for you and your family
- Multiple health plan options
- Vision & dental plans for you & dependents
- Associate discounts in-store and online
- Financial benefits including 401(k), stock purchase plans and more
- Education assistance for Associate and dependents