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Assistant Manager, Planning & Inventory

Indigo Books & Music Inc.

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted January 6, 2021.

Company Description

Current Indigo employees should apply through the Internal Mobility page using your @indigo.ca email address.

Dedicated to telling stories and creating experiences, Indigo is always looking for bright, energetic and customer-focused people who can help bring our exciting mission to life in one of our more than 200 Indigo, Indigospirit, Chapters and Coles stores across Canada. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities at our retail stores, distribution centres, and home office for people who share our passions and want to be part of a dynamic and enriching culture.

WHO WE ARE

  • We love books and all things beautiful
  • We are Canada’s Cultural Department Store
  • Books are our heart and our soul and Great Books are JUST the Beginning…

We play by the following rules:

  • We exist to add joy to our customers’ lives each and every time they interact with us and our products
  • Our job is to create joyful moments for our customers
  • We treat each other the way we’d treat a valued friend
  • We inspire each other to do our best work
  • We seek to ignite creativity and innovation every day
  • We give back to the communities in which we operate

Job Description

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 

The Assistant Manager, Planning & Inventory will work with the Manager, Planning & Inventory to develop a working knowledge of the planning function to help meet/exceed sales, margin and inventory turn targets. This role will be primarily responsible for the allocation and replenishment of merchandise and maintaining the integrity of inventory at store level, contributing to financial and inventory planning for their categories. 

  • Manage replenishment orders 
  • Monitor store stock levels, adjusting allocations for performance trends and inventory levels to maintain target inventory levels 
  • Recommend re-orders based on sales, on-hand and support product exit strategies 
  • Perform analytics and reports to support Category/Planning team in understanding business performance 
  • Support Managers, Planning & Inventory in developing Merchandise Financial Plans and Open-to-Buy, managing allocation/replenishment and conducting business analysis 
  • Support the execution of markdowns to Master Data and to Retail 
  • Communicate with stores and DC regarding inventory and replenishment questions  
  • Promote teamwork within the Category and Planning teams through daily communication and interaction 
  • Share best practices and learning with peers 
  • Ad hoc reporting 
  • Works with a sense of urgency i.e allocation, identify opportunities based on sales trends 
  • Understand/demonstrate in a manner that promotes, and is aligned with, Indigo’s Mission, Vision, Beliefs 

Qualifications

WHO YOU ARE: 

  • 1+ years Retail experience or equivalent business-related experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Commerce or equivalent 
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical skill set, quantitatively oriented 
  • Understands retail and planning metrics  
  • Ability to learn new technical applications and tools quickly 
  • Affinity for products and interest in merchandise 
  • Ability to build and maintain productive and cohesive relationships with peers and cross-functional teams  
  • Demonstrate strong listening, written and oral communication skills and Leadership skill 
  • Ability to deal with change and uncertainty 
  • Demonstrate solid problem-solving skills 
  • Be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities 
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines, multi-task and complete projects on time 
  • Demonstrate good organizational skills 
  • Able to – and influence peers effectively 
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook 

Additional Information

Indigo Books & Music is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity. Accommodations are available upon request for all applicants with a disability throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources if you require accommodation. We will work with all applicants to accommodate their individual accessibility needs. 

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