Planning & Analytics Director

Irvine California
Required Experience: 7 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 & Analytics Director

General Summary:
The Director of Planning & Analytics will lead the planning effort across LJG’s portfolio of brands including O’Neill and Hang Ten. The role encompasses the full lifecycle of planning and buying functions along with the supporting analytics: pre-season planning, demand analysis, buying, in-season review, and post-season hind-sighting. We are seeking an individual with extensive planning experience as we evolve the planning function within La Jolla Group to address the demands of today’s business environment. Individual will be responsible for translation and alignment of financial objectives to seasonal sales plans, buy plans and inventory positions. Collaborate with Sales, Merchandise & Design, Production and Finance to deliver on seasonal targets and manage inventory position. Establish vision for evolution of planning and analytics across the organization in collaboration with leadership team. Ideal candidate will be a collaborative and passionate leader who can bring innovation to tools, reports and analytics that support all planning functions. An individual that knows how to gather and communicate key insights to support our brands in making informed decisions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Planning and Buying
• Translate fiscal targets to seasonal sales plans across all channels including wholesale, retail and ecommerce at the season, channel, gender, division and label level.
• Develop seasonal SKU forecasts to inform development of seasonal line plans including incorporation of trend analysis, assortment management, SKU productivity and line architecture.
• Partner with leaders of Merchandise & Design and Sales to develop and maintain topline sales, gross margin and inventory plans to drive buying, promotion, and inventory placement decisions.
• Ensure pre-season and in-season plans from the bottom up align with corporate sales, margin and inventory targets.
• Evolve seasonal buying calendar to insure maximum amount of market feedback is incorporated into buy decisions while allowing sufficient production lead times to meet order delivery.
• Analyze style level productivity and profitability at the department and channel level to define the assortment strategy for each season and quarter.
• Develop and implement best in practices in planning, allocation and reporting processes to be deployed throughout the organization.
• Partner with IT and business leads to implement comprehensive suite of analytics to support buying and planning functions.
• Ad hoc reporting.
• Establish and drive planning and buying calendars across the organization.
• Partner with business leads and IT to drive continuous improvement.
• Identify organizational inefficiencies and drive improvement through the automation of manual processes.
• Manage, develop and train planning and buying team.
• Ensure open lines of communication and synergy with critical departments
• Develop and maintain strong cross functional relationships across multiple departments.

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.
Job Requirements
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate numerical data and models across departments.
• Ability to make decisions confidently with low visibility.
• Excellent project and time management skills and ability to balance multiple tasks.
• Significant experience with Microsoft Excel and advance knowledge of spreadsheet applications. QlikView/other BI experience and Planning system experience nice to have.
• Intellectual curiosity is a must.
• Full Circle ERP experience highly desired.
• 4 Year Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics, Supply Chain Management, or equivalent field preferred. MBA a plus.
• Seven or more years planning and forecasting experience.