Sr. Manager, Inventory Management in Raleigh, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 10/10/2019

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The Senior Inventory Manager is a field-focused role that has responsibility for monitoring, maintaining and improving market availability. The Senior Manager will lead the hub strategy and work closely with Real Estate and Supply Chain to optimize availability in top markets. Through collaborating with Visual Merchandising, Custom Mix, Sales Effectiveness, Inventory Management, Real Estate and Supply Chain, the Senior Manager role will identify availability tactics to respond to competitive intrusion, streamline delivery route effectiveness, and maximize in-market coverage. The Senior Manager will work with field leadership to build strategies to improve our inventory availability.

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

  • Monitor, maintain, and adjust in-market availability based on market prioritization.
  • Manage and execute the HUB strategy working with real estate and supply chain to optimize the availability in market.
  • Identify availability tactics with the field leadership team to combat intrusion.
  • Monitor logistics issues both internal and external to insure consistent product flow of merchandise inventories to stores DCs.
  • Collaborate with teams across the organization including Visual Merchandise, Operations, Real Estate, Supply Chain, and Custom Mix to maximize market mix and product availability.
  • Communicate with all areas of the company as the need arises.
  • Maintain an ongoing dialogue with merchandising, Logistics and store operations.
  • Be prepared to step in and generate dialogue with the field team regarding inventory objectives of the company.
  • Continual process improvements; strategic leadership - anticipation of category life cycles; understanding of overall company strategies and 2-3 year vision.
  • Provide leadership within the department through planning, organizing, prioritizing, goal setting, decision-making, and communications consistent with corporate values and management guidelines. Establish and maintain professional business relationships with external and internal vendors and customers in compliance with company policy.
  • Develop processes and procedures along with assessing human resource needs to ensure execution of company policies relative to the inventory levels and replenishment functions of the company. Work with the management team to ensure that the forecasting process is appropriate to support the Advance supply chain.
  • Manage the exception process within the business parameters to achieve the business objectives and strategies.
  • Manage and monitor the replenishment process to support the store/distribution networks.
  • Work with the management team to establish correct guidelines for managing the order exceptions within the business parameters to achieve the business objectives.
  • Support external contacts and communications will occur with Vendors of both merchandise suppliers and system support.
  • Cultivate frequent internal contacts and communications with the Store Replenishment Analysts, Directors and staff members of various departments, including but not limited to Merchandising, Merchandise Presentations, Marketing, Distribution and Store Operations.

    QUALIFICATIONS 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, andor ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Experience with E3 modules and supporting software, including AS400PC, data queries, etc.
  • Demonstrated leadership/management ability
  • Solid knowledge of replenishment, supply chain, and store operating systems
  • Strong analytical skills required; ability to extract, to analyze, graph and interpret data appropriately; ability to develop and communicate inventory findings and recommendations, creating actionable strategies for changes to stores
  • Demonstrated problem solving capabilities; ability to operate in a complex, rapidly changing environment while adhering to tight schedules and budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple projects in varying degrees of implementation; ability to work independently, manage in an atmosphere of multiple assignments and shifting priorities
  • Outcome-focused and experienced in project management as a means to plan, track, communicate progress and ensure on time delivery
  • Strong strategic innovative thinker
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to interact effectively with employees at all levels and senior leaders in a collaborative manner; ability to cultivate relationships with key stakeholders across functions in order to achieve business objectives and drive strategic change; proven track record of establishing strong relationships with the field sales and operations and experience in leading complex cross-functional teams.

  • Bachelors degree in Business, Mathematics; and 3-5 years experience in Replenishment/Inventory Management,
  • 7-9 years direct retail experience in a responsible management position (preferably in automated inventory replenishment, store operations, inventory control, or systems related background), with 2-4 years leadership/management experience, 2-4 years of experience with E3 and AS400;
  • 1-3 years project management experience preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience