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Director of Demand Planning

BRUNT Workwear

BRUNT Workwear

Operations
North Reading, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

We’re leading the way in redefining the workwear category. Our mission is to engineer better boots and apparel for our country’s tradesmen and women by working directly with real workers to learn what they actually need to execute their jobs.

The BRUNT team is not only devoted to improving on the old workwear standards, but we’re also creating a community that tradesmen and women can call their own. From our weekly hangouts at the BRUNT Garage, to hosting events across the country, we’re all about getting boots on the ground and building something real with the BRUNT crew.

What You’ll Do:

The Director of Demand Planning is responsible for forecasting product demand with a goal of ensuring optimal sales-to-stock ratios. You will create and maintain forecast models that incorporate business intelligence and market trends, while managing the demand plan and inventory levels for all existing and new sales channels across product categories (Footwear, Apparel, Accessories).

This role is highly collaborative and partners cross functionally to develop both a short term and long range demand plan.

How You’ll Do It:

Inventory Planning:

  • Prepare monthly unit forecasts for Wholesale, E-Commerce and other channels in close collaboration with sales teams factoring in the dynamics of seasonality, marketing, product life cycle, and other sales drivers.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to meet inventory weeks of supply, turnover, etc.
  • Communicate clearly with senior leadership on a regular basis regarding inventory trends, insights, and future risks to the business.
  • Continuously improve the existing planning process and its underlying tools, especially as we enter new sales channels and introduce new products.
  • Partner with external partners to create and maintain weekly/monthly sell-through reporting and hindsight recaps across wholesale.
  • Provide a root cause analysis to “actual” versus “targeted” forecasts and troubleshoot when they are not aligned.
  • Monitor tracking to targets through detailed sales analysis with attention to inventory flow, marketing spend, promotional offerings, and out of stock limitations.
  • Continuously refine the demand planning model to understand and reflect updated assumptions and new learnings.
  • Manage open-to-buy process, ensuring buy-in from all key stakeholders before decisions are made.

Team Leadership:

  • Lead a small remote team with a focus on mentorship and professional development.
  • Foster a collaborative team environment focused on achieving department OKRs.

What You Need to Succeed:

  • 6-10 years of sustained success in managing all aspects of demand planning.
  • Ability to manage remote employees.
  • Advanced technical proficiency with Excel, ERP/MRP systems.
  • Experience managing budgets and overall spend in excess of $200M.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Execute within tight timeframes with superior attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Drive for continuous improvement by streamlining processes and eliminating redundancy.
  • Sound strategic thinking to ensure all forecasts are rooted in data.
  • Move seamlessly between tactical day-to-day issues and long-term process improvement projects.
  • Translate complex data sets into clear insights and recommendations for leadership.
  • Background in footwear, apparel, retail, D2C experience preferred.
  • Willingness to manage multiple time-zones and adjust schedules to accommodate.

WHY BRUNT?

At BRUNT, people come first. That’s why we support the whole employee.

This is how we do it:

Financial Wellness

  • Competitive compensation
  • Equity
  • 401k and retirement plan assistance

Health & Wellbeing

  • Dental and Vision 100% covered by BRUNT
  • Comprehensive medical benefits
  • Paid parental leave

Professional Development

  • Clear and transparent performance management process
  • Understanding how you can level up at BRUNT

Culture and Community

  • All-Hands meetings twice a year for the entire team to connect
  • Flexible and collaborative work environment
  • Thursdays social events with co-workers and community members

No matter what experience you have within our industry we encourage you to apply. At BRUNT, we believe that a strong crew is assembled with people from different backgrounds.

We look for individuals who thrive on challenges, will be passionate about our brand, and believe that teamwork is necessary for success. Show us how your experiences have shaped you and how you can contribute to BRUNT. We can’t wait to hear from you!