Forecast & Inventory Planner

  • Company: Thomas Pink
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Business group: Fashion & Leather Goods
  • Contract type: Permanent Job
  • Function: Supply Chain
  • Experience required: Minimum 5 years
  • Reference No.: TPIN00086
  • Date of publication: 2018.08.06

Position

Thomas Pink, an LVMH Maison was founded in 1984 by three brothers, Peter, James & John Mullen whose love of fun and colour offered a new approach to Jermyn Street shirt-making tradition.

In 2018, under the impetus of our CEO & Creative Director, Thomas Pink is currently in a period of regeneration. With shirt-making as its absolute essence, Pink will be re-establishing its unique personality.

Joining Pink is the opportunity to embark on a journey of transformation with a collective of talented individuals who embody the values of Creativity & Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Excellence.

 

PURPOSE:

  • Ensure our sales, stock and production budgets and plans are always aligned through the season, through managing the forecast process, the inventory targets and the production plan
  • Ensure the stock holding strategies are correctly balanced, reacting to the sales plan variability and achieving end of season sell-throughs

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Elevate the S&OP process and animate it with the Finance, Merchandising and Production teams
  • Challenge the Merchandise plan from an Inventory risk perspective, and work to find consensus on inventory holding targets
  • Work closely with Retail planning to ensure target store stocks are taken into account in the stock plan for existing products and new launches
  • Improve the stock projection tools to ensure our UK, US and future regional DCs are always stocked to the correct levels, and highlight any stock risks
  • Choose the best logistical network from our suppliers to our regional DCs to balance cost, leadtime and stock holding risk
  • Own the critical path to launch from suppliers to stores, and work closely with the Franchise and Wholesale teams to plan for intake accordingly
  • Build the production planning tools necessary to plan for our dedicated shirt production lines. Ensure the lines are always loaded and ensure production matches the sales plan through the S&OP process. Manage our purchase orders and monitor materials usage closely
  • Manage the weekly production plan, and integrate any re-ordering needs on projected sell-through lines
  • Work with our freight forwarders to ensure the optimal delivery route is always chosen
  • Design the future ERP requirements and manage the current ERP and Office suite tools in the interim
  • Communicate on launch achievability, stock-outs and overstocks, stock quality and age, and obtain arbitration from the Merchandising teams in case of stock tension
  • Plan throughput with the DC to ensure operations are never an obstacle to the business

Profile

  • Previous experience in Supply Chain functions, mainly Demand Planning, Inventory management and Production Planning
  • Knowledge of forecasting, inventory management and production planning tools
  • Ability to dive into IT systems and processes, and build tools in and around the systems
  • Balancing day to day operations and strategic thinking
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills
  • Client-centric mindset
  • Proactive
  • Passion and affinity for the Brand
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Energetic and dynamic
  • Flexible & adaptable
  • Excellent project management skills

Additional information

A HO based role but visits to out suppliers might be necessary as well as our regional distribution centres.

 

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