• Allocation and Planning Manager

    Matthew Vohs


    Our client, a successful International brand based in Central Europe  with a large footprint of  900 plus stores across Europe/Worldwide and are recruiting  Allocation and Replenishment Manger to join their fast growing business, one that is currently experience exciting growth across Europe. The successful candidate must have a proven track record of sales in Bricks and Mortar allocating, branch merchandising and stock replenishment , understand fast fashion and have the ability to trade across all categories of the business 

    The position is very much process and analytical in particular across inventory control and reports into the Merchandising department and is responsible for managing a team of 6  and working closely with the Buying teams as well as other internal teams.



    Develop bottom-up sales inventory plan, following financial and retail targets.

    Manages stock inventory through all sales channels, to optimize stock level and allocation across the business

    Work with Inventory Management to ensure consistent in-season allocation replenishment, and recommend profitable inventory decisions.

    Partner with Product Managers to manage product lifecycle.

    Conduct quantitative analysis and insights to optimize profitability.

    Create reporting tools and basis for in-season follow-up.

    Review monthly forecast reconcile against plans.

    Manage in-season profitability to achieve or exceed seasonal performance.

    Replenishment: Ordering all articles allocated to your portfolio: placing orders with suppliers, monitoring order status, solving inbound issues

    Inventory management: Being responsible for the availability of all articles and controlling stock levels (i.e. avoid overstock and out-of-stock situations)

    Supplier logistics performance evaluation: Monitoring and improving replenishment relevant KPIs in cooperation with purchasing (delivery punctuality/accuracy/quality, lead times, etc.)

    Negotiation: Taking part in meetings with suppliers and negotiating better logistics conditions

    Relocation management: Monitoring demand for relocation of stock, managing needed relocations

    Leading projects to optimize processes inside the department as well as involving other departments.



    Manage a team of Replenishment Analysts by creating a collaborative results oriented environment

    Support the career development and skill development of teams to ensure job satisfaction, retention, and future talent development

    Implement consistent and profitable pre- and in-season replenishment strategies and practices

    Lead teams to maintain adequate inventory level across Academy's channels to drive sales, in stocks, and service customers

    Manage new store process to ensure that new stores open with adequate levels of inventory

    Manage the decision making process around determining which allocation method to use for each style 

    Provide effective team management and leadership approach in driving continuous improvements and innovation to drive higher predictable results

    Balance workload priorities across departments to ensure successful execution of inventory management

    Foster effective store communication as it pertains to quantity and service levels

    Develop a thorough understanding of Academy policies, procedures, and safety rules

    Duties may change; team member may be required to perform other duties as assigned

    Minimum 5 years of previous experience

    Management experience.

    Bachelor’s Degree in business.

    Strong analytic mind set with a passion for inventory control 

    Excellent Excel skills, data bases knowledge and SAP user.

    Fluent English

    Proficiency with SAP, Excel, Word, Access, Oracle RMS, and Lotus Notes (or a comparable email system)

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