Director Inventory Management

Posted Date: Apr- 4-2017

Job ID: 6919

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Merchandising

City: Kent

State: Washington

What's cool about this job

The Director of Inventory Management contributes to REI’s success by providing leadership and strategic direction to inventory management teams to optimize Inventory Management, analytical strategies, inventory decisions and flow in partnership with other functional areas. The position reports to the Divisional Vice President of Merchandising Inventory Management & Ops. They will work closely with the General Merchandise Managers, Planning Directors and Director of Merchandising Business Initiatives and Portfolio, to set direction and priorities for the merchandising division that support REI’s corporate priorities and financial performance.  They will collaborate with supply chain, private brands, stores, digital, marketing and finance to understand cross divisional business needs and drive initiatives.  Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.

Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the organization promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results.
Able to develop constructive and effective relationships with direct report team and cross-functional partners; able to maintain credibility and presence within the broader business.
Supports the implementation of company programs, procedures, methods and practices to promote REI key messages.
Oversees training and development of employees directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.
Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews inventory management team.
Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to employees in order to achieve department, company and customer results.
Establishes and maintains visibility within the department.
Monitors operational statistics, reports trends, variances and issues, and takes appropriate action.
Leverage expert knowledge to establish, implement and maintain best practices methodologies for inventory management
Setting the vision for all inventory flow & management processes including timing and execution. 
Represents Merchandising on cross divisional teams when Merchandising Inventory KPIs are affected
Aligns leadership for all planning, analytical and inventory management functions. 
In-season validation of the company level working plan to senior leadership.
Accountable for all inventory management strategies to include assortment, replenishment and allocation.
Accountable for setting Inventory Management direction on reporting and business intelligence.
Accountable for development of managers and talent review for area.
Provide leadership across inventory management functions concerning analysis, generation of actionable insight and resulting recommendations.
Stays current on industry best practices in merchandising inventory management processes.
Aggressively drive current and future processes and systems utilization within areas of responsibility.
Facilitate clear communication between product management, stores, supply chain, digital, marketing, private brands, merchandise planning and inventory management teams.
Ensures business continuity plan is developed, communicated and aligned with company priorities.

Bring your passion and expertise

8-10 years of Merchandising Inventory Management experience including management, forecasting, replenishment, allocation and analysis.
Expert Knowledge of retail, merchandising and end-to-end supply chain process in a multi channel retail environment.
Needs to have knowledge of industry best practices for analytics and inventory management processes and how they support the long range merchandising strategy.
Must have demonstrated knowledge of assortment planning & Inventory Management processes.
Must have a working knowledge of allocation and replenishment systems with SAP experience an added bonus.
Must be able to influence Executive Leadership through strong critical thinking and leveraging change management techniques.
Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, supply chain, analytics, or mathematics preferred. 
Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts.
Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best.
Establishes trust and inspires others.
Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics.
Holds self and team accountable to deliver on agreed commitments.
Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest.
Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers. 
Fosters change in company direction.
Effectively plans and executes changes.

Why you'll love it here

REI is more than just a place to work. It’s a fun, inspired culture where a rare balance is struck between professional duties and personal adventures. Whether you camp, paddle board, climb mountains or simply prefer local parks, the outdoors connects us all. Then factor in REI’s stewardship, dedication to sustainability and contributions to our customers’ loved outdoor spaces and you have a recipe for some passionate employees. 

We are not accepting candidates from search firms.

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 20 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 12,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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