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Market Availability Supply Planner in Raleigh, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 5/9/2019

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Job Description


The Senior Inventory Planner is responsible for the analysis and recommendations that achieve the highest level of inventory availability to their assigned DCs, stores, and regions.  This position will perform basic assortment review and analysis for stores in assigned regions and effectively communicate proposed inventory optimizations directly to field leadership, to drive positive business results. The Senior Inventory Planner must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize in accordance of a rapidly changing environment.

The position requires proficiency in Access, SQL and Excel.

This position will partner with Category Managers and Inventory Replenishment Analysts, Real Estate, Store Planning and Design, and Visual Merchandising, but most closely will partner with the field leadership of assigned regions, up to and including DVP level as well as Independence store owners.  The incumbent will serve as a field liaison on all merchandise availability-related concerns from assortment planning to stocking-level depth to DC/Hub service levels, and will be responsible for continuous improvement and process development for all existing and new processes to support initiatives. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Oversee assortment selection and analysis for New Store Openings and Upgrading stores
  • Use store clustering to identify and address gaps in assortment
  • Use store requests as feedback to fine tune assortments
  • Identify trends within business and recommend actions on over-performing/under-performing products to best position the product within the supply chain network/Independence stores
  • Identify lost sales opportunities and trends
  • Identify product coverage opportunities and trends
  • SKU assortment expansions based on market specific findings
  • Product Line Expansions/Conversions
  • Market Driven Availability Initiatives


  • Understand, effectively communicate and advise business partners on the financial impact of decisions related to New Stores, assortment upgrades and Market Driven Availability initiatives. 
  • Evaluate supply chain for non-working inventory opportunities and recommend appropriate actions by business partners and track the resulting decisions progress.  Includes identifying future opportunities and recommending strategies to limit that exposure.


  • Develop relationships with Category Managers, Market Analysts and inventory team through active involvement in business decisions
  • Maintain collaborative partnerships with Space Planning and Design, Visual Merchandising, Store Set-Up, Project Managers, Category Managers, Inventory Managers, Inventory Analysts, DC Managers, Transportation Analysts and Area Real Estate Managers to ensure efficient decision making, store project slotting and movement of goods through the supply chain
  • Communicate directly with Store Managers, DC/HUB Managers, Account Executives, Directors, Executive leaders, and Store Owners responding to operational concerns as appropriate


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Software (MS Access, etc.), and job-specific computer programs including SQL, Oracle, Business Intelligence platforms.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with a high level of energy and initiative, and quickly adapt to various projects and changing priorities.
  • Strong attention to detail, planning, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to assume proactive role in process improvement task forces.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to effectively present information and interact effectively across all levels of the organization; proven ability to cultivate relationships with key stakeholders across functions in order to achieve business/brand objectives and drive process improvement; experience in leading complex cross-functional teams.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Economics, Math, or Statistics from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent business experience; and 4+ years business experience with emphasis in Inventory, Merchandising, or Merchandise Planning; or equivalent combination of education and experience.