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Makro SA – Planner wanted immediately: APPLY HERE

Makro SA – Planner wanted immediately: APPLY HERE

Sandton, Gauteng

Main Purpose of the job :

To ensure that stock is correctly forecasted & planned for in order for the Business to achieve financial, sales, profit & stock margin goals

Work closely with the buying team to ensure that a balanced view of quantitative and qualitative issues are adhered to, thus ensuring that profitability is delivered in line with budgeted expectations.

Key performance areas

Provide guidance on price tiering based on past performance and range reviews

Assist with listing of new products & ensure all relevant replenishment data is accurate and that they are referenced where applicable.
Create ideal range matrix to guide buyer in product selection
Management of master data
DC allocations / replenishments
Prepare annual and post seasonal range review stats focusing on –range analysis, supplier analysis etc with both buyer and MM
Prepare exception reporting e.g 80/20 analysis on range performance for team review
Role in ordering process to ensure right stock at the right time to the right store
Joint management of all imports and shipping process
Develop budgets at the lowest levels in discussion with buyers and input agreed budgets into planning system
Ensure sales, stock, and margin objectives are achieved with particular focus on stock management
Status update and investigation into stock or margin concerns (Constant measurement)
Ensure financial forecasting is constantly reviewed and input into the system
Motivate and inspire team and stores
Assist new staff with their orientation programme and training
Supervise and manage MC’s
Occasionally involved with Graduate programmes
Development and training of Merchant Trainees
Ensure effective and written oral communication with all across the chain (Directors, peers, subordinates, stores, customers and suppliers)
Participate in weekly team meetings and feedback on stock and financial issues
Submit financial stats to assist MM in preparing for written monthly / quarterly and annual board reports and GM reviews
Monitor supplier sales performance with supplier business plan
Work closely with CRM division analyzing stats to better understand customer behavior and trends therefore allowing for better forecasting ability.
Regular team visits to all stores and DC’s
Review financials, promotions and supplier performance with emphasis on markdown and distress stock and receiving and returns department
Ensure on time delivery by daily follow up on promotional stock order status and feedback
Feedback on post promotion evaluation to determine if financial targets are met
Understand the extensive daily usage of SAP / BW
Planning system
Usage of Microsoft Office – Excel in particular
Formulate & execute a Category strategy alongside buyer in line with the corporate strategic direction
Formulate documented strategy & Business plan with clearly defined objectives with senior management and Buyer
Develop sales & promotion plans for allocated category
Own the forecasting processes in conjunction with suppliers and buyers
Manage the ordering of stock and associated stock levels maintaining optimum days cover
Drive use of automated replenishment with a focus on the forecast generated
Be in a position to foresee potential problems & or opportunities
Take a pro-active approach to forecasting, item projections and flow of stock through the business
Manage strategic/ tactical buying process and complete necessary documentation
Ensure that an exit plan is in place at initial negotiation of product purchase in conjunction with buyer. Identify the life cycle of the product with the buyer
Have the ability to identify when a product is to be flagged as a problem
Conduct forecast discussions that are accompanied by discussions on shared risk
Ensure that the planned level of in-stocks are available in the stores
Ensure the management of aged stock
Measure & report on poor sales forecasts accurately
Achieve budgeted profit and control negative margin
Manage & find ways to improve stock turns
Perform the annual strategic review & seasonal reviews (Include timelines & Action Plans)
Create annual critical path (timelines) to support strategy & translate into Budget
Attend strategic supplier meetings
Supply Chain Setup – Maintain synchronized review cycles, review & maintain supplier lead times, set up supplier minimum order constraints, update safety stock , returns, DSD/NonDSD
Create & implement Markdown Strategy with Buyer
Conduct monthly discussion of standardized month end pack with noted action points
Conduct store visits
Monitor supplier sales performance with supplier scorecard.
Develop relationships with key stakeholders – especially suppliers


Minimum Academic Requirements, Professional Qualifications, and Experience:

Qualifications :
Financial Degree or Diploma
Knowledge of Microsoft Office – excel in particular

Experience :
2 to 3 years Retail experience

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