May 19th, 2014

Demand Planner

Manduka is a leader of high-performance, innovative and eco-conscious yoga products. Since 1997, Manduka has served and led the yoga market with a continuous flow of premium equipment and accessories. Our brand has been built on innovation, quality and customer service, coupled with our deep commitment to community and sustainable business practices.

As a Demand Planner for Manduka, you will be in a highly visible supply chain role that will oversee the Demand Planning (forecasting and inventory) requirements process. This is a hands-on position responsible for developing and executing Demand Plan and inventory plans that will enable the company to meet sales objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

-Designing and generating weekly and monthly statistical forecast reports

-Continuously improving forecasting techniques, method, and approach

-Relating and measuring the impact of forecast accuracy

-Evolving and maintaining documentation and standard operating procedures for demand planning processes and systems

-Conduct current and future forecasting analysis, insuring forecasting processes and methods are followed

-Assemble and analyze all data pertinent to creating the sales forecast

-Establish and utilize best methods (statistical models and software tools) in creating forecasts and respective inventory targets

-Make recommended adjustments to forecast and inventory targets based on changes in demand and market trends

-Lead forecast and inventory planning meetings, reviewing recommended sales forecasts and inventory goals (emphasis on brand transitions, new product introduction, and promotions)

-Manage inventory targets (including safety stock levels) that are approved by management

-Prepare, report, and communicate forecast and inventory measurements to management (forecast accuracy, inventory plan vs. targets)

-Monitor SKU levels and recommend SKU rationalization initiatives in the future

-Proactively facilitating, re-engineering, best practices & consensus between functional experts (Demand Planning, Inventory Planning, Purchasing, Sales & Marketing, Operations, Finance, and IT)

Qualifications:

-Background in master scheduling, forecasting, procurement and planning

-Strong analytical abilities

-Strong knowledge of demand planning process

-Experience using NetSuite a plus

-Knowledge of demand management/forecasting tools, forecasting processes in sales, marketing operations, finance, manufacturing and supply chain issues

-Good communication and team building skills

-Detail oriented

-Extreme accuracy

-Extensive spreadsheet analysis and strong mathematical abilities

-Knowledge of key inventory performance metrics, turns, margin contributions, etc. -Ability to lead cross-functionally

-Collaborative skills in resolving long and short positions in inventory

-Experience in managing end of life cycle and absolute inventory

-4 year college degree preferred (Business, engineering or related field)

Job Status: Full-Time

To Apply: Inability to follow these instructions will disqualify the candidate

  1. No phone calls or walk-ins
  2. Email resume as a Word doc. Or PDF to careers@manduka.com
  3. The email subject line must read: Job Position, First Name Last Name (For example: Demand Planner (F/T), Jane Smith)
  4. Serious inquiries only

Local candidates only.

Job based in El Segundo, CA.