Sr. Business Process Analyst - Merchandising Procurement Management

Posted Date: Jan- 4-2019

Job ID: 12979

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Merchandising

City: Kent

State: Washington

Store: Kent Headquarters


What's cool about this job

The Senior Business Process Analyst - Procurement contributes to REI’s success by driving the design, development and delivery of critical Procurement business capabilities that will enable REI’s future Merchandising strategies and initiatives. This strategic role will work with the Business (Merchandising, Supply Chain, Finance, Legal and Digital) and IT to build out and influence REI’s Procurement Roadmap bringing the associated capabilities to life through the creation and delivery of new processes and tools. The focus of this role is on designing and delivering new product fulfillment capabilities focused in procurement, vendor drop ship and cross dock. This role will bring strong retail industry best practice and a strong product ownership thought leadership and experience in designing and implementing these new processes and tools to drive improved delivery of Procurement strategies across the Co-op. 
 
  • Function as the Procurement Subject Matter Expert in business functionality, end to end processes, data flow, and functional architecture of systems supported
  • Develop and maintain a complete working knowledge of REI Merchandising, along with key cross divisional processes that drive fundamental retail processes 
  • Understanding of how Supply Chain initiatives impact core Merchandising Procurement processes
  • Co-identify, scope and plan Procurement capabilities with the Merchandising Solutions Leadership and cross functional partners to enable REI’s Merchandising Strategies 
  • Provide recommendations and assist with developing plans to drive capability design and implementation strategies
  • Design, develop and deliver presentations that educate, inform, and influence critical business decisions of Merchants and Business Leaders
  • Drive the documentation of the “As Is” processes and identify/prioritize opportunities and pain points
  • Co-lead business working sessions and/or interviews for requirements gathering sessions that may act as an input into vendor RFPs 
  • Interpret business needs, document requirement (in waterfall or agile formats), and guide high level solution design on behalf of Merchandising
  • Identify and recommend tools or applications that achieve positive business results, enabling industry standard processes and leading best practices
  • Analyze, interpret and improve department specific business processes to support Merchandising strategies, capabilities and key projects   
  • Lead and participate in business process design workshops, advocating for the business users, understanding and enabling industry leading best practices across multiple merchandising disciplines
  • Own “To Be” business process design and documentation with the team and understand and analyze gaps providing recommended solutions 
  • Support the implementation of industry best practices, company programs, procedures, and methods 
  • Collaborate with Change Management and Training to help identify initial impact assessments, the change management and training strategies, and associated communication plans
  • Assist with Change Management and Training in the physical training and rollout plans for new systems or enhancements to existing systems (as required)
  • Act as a Change Champion with the business in communicating and supporting the new process or technology capabilities  
  • Own co-developing and socializing the UAT Strategy with cross divisional partners
  • Create UAT Test Scripts to test and approve new capability/system functionality 
  • Execute UAT Test Scripts with the Business and IT
  • Work with the Business, IT, and Change Management and Training partners to develop the business go live/rollout strategy and communications plan
  • Partner with the Business and IT to execute defined plans
  • Collaborates with Change Management and Training to conduct post go live adoption and training support
  • Co-own the Product Roadmap post implementation to identify and plan for future solution enhancements and releases
  • Own grooming and prioritizing backlog of potential enhancements and solution modifications
  • Participate in all project related governance meetings including design sessions, daily stand-ups, sprint retrospectives and sprint demonstrations for Agile projects and all other project meetings as required

Bring your passion and expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Merchandising, Supply Chain, Retail Operations or related field
  • 5+ years professional retail industry or consulting experience preferably in Merchandising, Supply Chain or Finance with knowledge of the end-to-end retail model (Merchandising, Supply Chain, Operations)
  • 2+ years of business process design and improvement experience (e.g. Six Sigma, Lean, Kaizen) with a focus in   Retail Merchandising and Supply Chain processes (
  • 1+ year of project management-oriented delivery experience and methodologies (e.g. Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)- Waterfall and Agile) in Merchandising, Supply Chain, or Retail Operations
  • Experience in implementing Core ERP Solutions (Oracle, SAP, etc.) and/or auxiliary systems that support ERP activities
  • Ability to work and act as the conduit/translator between Merchandising Business and IT partners (business and IT knowledge)
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities
  • Focused on delivering quality work through using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals.
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to think critically, from both an operational and financial perspective, when solutioning end-to-end and related identifying impacts 
  • Team player that openly, actively and flexibly collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals
  • Proficient in developing senior management level communications, statuses and presentation materials
  • Strong self-starter with ability to self-educate and learn while doing in a highly complex and rapidly changing environment
  • Advanced computer skills, to include, but not limited to: Microsoft Suite of Tools (Excel, Visio, Word, PowerPoint, Project and SharePoint) required

Why you'll love it here

We’re a passionate community of people who believe in one simple truth: an outdoor life is a life well-lived. REI is a co-op, born in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in 1938. We’re here to help our 5.5 million members have amazing experiences outside—and do the same ourselves. Bring your creativity, customer focus and enthusiasm for living life outdoors—we can’t wait to meet you!

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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1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:

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