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Central Planner – Cape Town needed at Cape Union Mart

Job title : Central Planner – Cape Town

Job Location : Western Cape, Cape Town

Deadline : May 19, 2024

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We are seeking a motivated and experienced Central Planning Specialist to join our team. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in the implementation and adoption of planning systems while fostering collaboration across departments. They will work closely with the CEO and CFO and have a wide exposure in the business. This role requires a detail-oriented individual with excellent analytical skills and the ability to communicate effectively with various stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

System Implementation:

  • Lead the implementation of central planning systems to streamline processes and enhance efficiency.
  • Collaborate with IT teams, external vendors and internal Merchandise teams to ensure successful integration and customization of planning tools.
  • Conduct thorough testing and validation of system functionalities to meet business requirements.
  • Provide training and support to end-users to facilitate system adoption and utilization.

Process Improvement:

  • Identify opportunities for process improvement within the central planning function.
  • Develop and implement best practices to optimize inventory management, forecasting, and allocation processes.
  • Analyze system data to identify trends and patterns, and make recommendations for process enhancements.

Collaboration:

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams including Merchandising, Supply Chain, and Finance to align planning strategies with business objectives.
  • Facilitate regular meetings and workshops to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among team members.
  • Act as a liaison between central planning and other departments to ensure alignment on inventory plans and targets.
  • Co-ordinate and manage the allocation of stock to Outlet sites.

Performance Monitoring:

  • Monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) related to central planning activities such as inventory turnover, forecast accuracy, and service levels.
  • Analyze performance metrics to identify areas of improvement and drive corrective actions as needed.
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations to communicate insights and recommendations to senior management.
  • Perform ad-hoc investigations which will identify areas of improvement and/or unlock business benefits.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Retail Management, Supply Chain Management, Economics, Mathematics, or a related field
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of experience in central planning, inventory management, or related roles within the retail industry.
  • Proven track record of successfully implementing planning systems and driving process improvements.
  • Strong analytical skills with proficiency in data analysis tools and techniques.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across departments and influence decision-making.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience with ERP systems, demand planning software, and advanced Excel skills. (Oracle experience would be a benefit)
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Understanding of retail metrics, financial concepts, and key performance indicators (KPIs) to drive business results and improve profitability.
  • Ability to align planning and allocation strategies with broader business goals and objectives.

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