Planning Analyst

Irvine California
Required Experience: 2 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted yesterday
Job Description
The La Jolla Group is a worldwide leader in the action sports apparel business segment with a fast paced, high energy environment that is continually on the move. With prominent brands such as O’Neill, Spiritual Gangster, and Hang Ten, La Jolla Group has proved to be a builder of great brands, a creator of innovative products, and a master of operational excellence.
Join our team and enjoy a casual work environment, onsite gym, discount on clothes, summer hours and employer provided lunches and fruit! We believe our employees are our strongest asset and invest in their growth by focusing on developing their strengths.

Planning Analyst
GENERAL SUMMARY:
The Planning Analyst will be a key contributor to the La Jolla Group Wholesale Planning and Buying team. The role encompasses the full lifecycle of planning and buying functions: pre-season planning, demand analysis, buying, in-season review, and post-season hind-sighting. The Planning Analyst will be responsible for providing direction and follow through on growth opportunities and risk management within the business. We are in search of someone who is not afraid of large data sets and knows how to gather and communicate key insights to support our brands in making informed decisions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT:

• Analytics:
o Contribute to the overall planning impact across the organization by driving performance improvements
o Perform deep dive analysis on key business initiatives using our ERP system Full Circle and/or our BI tool QlikView
o Gather and model data while working closely with the BI team to advise the development and enhancement of BI and excel based tools
o Accountable for preparing essential planning and forecasting tools for team members to review prior to various planning deadlines
o Responsible for providing input in merchandise line planning, sales planning, demand analysis, and inventory level evaluations
o Drive further data analysis for annual budgeting, monthly/quarterly forecasting, seasonal planning & in-season forecasting
o Deliver reporting on company monthly and seasonal KPIs at all key milestones
o Audit multiple systems to guarantee critical information is accurate and updated accordingly

• Inventory Management:
o Create inventory comparisons for year-over-year analysis of inventory levels by brand and category
o Assist in the buying process by providing detailed demand analysis and recommending volume driving product units buys
o Assure the proper inventory is available for respective seasons
o Update carryover inventory assuring proper seasonal inventory reporting

ORGANIZATION AND PROCESS MANAGEMENT APTITUDE:
• Calendar/Scheduling Ownership:
o Maintain master calendars by month and season for all planning exercises through cross-departmental collaboration
o Build and maintain a project management calendar and progress report for the team
o Ownership of scheduling cross-functional meetings and following up on any pending work in relation to priority

PEOPLE APTITUDE
• Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately
• Build and manage strong cross-functional partnerships
• Ensure open lines of communication and synergy with critical departments
• Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment utilizing key business partners

Job Requirements
QUALIFICATIONS:
KNOWLEDGE OF:
• Planning & Buying: Seasonal planning, buying, inventory management, report building
• Merchandising: Trend analysis, assortment management, line architecture, and productivity
• Forecasting: Sales and inventory forecasting, retail math and financial metrics
• Computer skills: Strong Excel modeling skills and Full Circle or similar ERP system experience required. QlikView/other BI experience and Planning system experience nice to have.

ABILITY TO:
• Demonstrate strong analytical skills and proactive problem-solving skills
• Prove attention to detail with strong planning and organizational skills
• Work well both independently and within a team environment
• Convey positive and realistic expectations to one’s subordinates and superiors
• Demonstrate strong listening, written, and communication skills

MINIMUM EDUCATION OR EXPERIENCE:
• 4 Year Bachelor’s Degree
• 2-4 years of experience in the Retail or Wholesale Industry, with roles as an Assistant Planner, Inventory Analyst, Reporting Analyst, Assistant Buyer, or other similar roles

LJG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy (including unlawful discrimination on the basis of a legally protected pregnancy or maternity leave), genetic information and any other characteristics protected by law.