• Demand Planner - Merrell

    Job Locations UK-London
    International EMEA
    Job Function
    Planning - Brand
    Full Time
  • General Function



    Wolverine Worldwide is a global marketer of branded footwear, apparel, and accessories. With an established global footprint that spans approximately 200 countries and territories, as well as a rock-solid infrastructure, Wolverine Worldwide is dedicated to advancing the following brands that comprise the ever-expanding portfolio: Bates, Chaco, Cat Footwear, Harley Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, and Wolverine. Wolverine Worldwide’s continued success is driven by our ability to stay true to our simple mission: we empower, engage and inspire our consumers – every step of the way.


    Responsible for Wholesale Demand and Inventory planning by month and season for the EU warehouse in order to support Saucony sales for the European subsidiary business.  Undertake product sku analysis and propose inventory buys within the OTB in order to maintain correct stock levels.  Ensure delivery deadlines are met whilst continuously monitoring the critical path and provide clear, concise information to the EU customer service and sales teams. 

    Primary Duties

    • Prepare a Demand Plan by sku, category, period and region based on order book, sales forecast and commercial feedback from Sales Teams & Planners
    • Manage and propose weekly inventory buys within the OTB to ensure adequate, seasonally relevant inventory levels are available to support revenue plan  including focus on core product supply
    • Reconciliation of orders, sales forecasts and inventory against factory capacity and propose actions where necessary whilst maintaining stock turns and sku productivity targets
    • Produce and present periodic stock cover, obsolete and excess report for review of seasonal inventory position, and identify close-out stock at the earliest opportunity to optimise margin 
    • Develop efficient working relationship with the EU sales planners and challenge product forecasts generated from forecast to demand plan anomalies
    • Weekly review of Combined Weekly Report (full PO list on order with factory) to ensure all supply chain issues are captured, communicated and actioned
    • Oversee critical path, PO placement, material master data management, volume direct shipments, supply chain issues and ensure we meet customer expectations (internally & externally)
    • Raises & Maintains Purchase Orders in SAP ensuring system integrity
    • Proposes the size curves that we need to order to smooth inventory availability against historic size shipment detail
    • Liaise daily with factory reps in China, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh along with US colleagues in order to achieve a smooth flow of production and ensure all production and production pending issues are resolved
    • Update air freight log and SAP ETA’s when air freight is negotiated or authorised
    • Material Master maintenance and updating seasonally and adhoc in SAP system
    • E-Commerce – select, review with team and allocate relevant stock for the website seasonally
    • Ad-hoc duties that are requested from the line manager.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

    • Advanced Excel skills essential (pivot tables, vlook ups etc)
    • SAP experience preferred
    • At least 3 years previous experience in wholesale merchandising/Inventory/demand planning
    • Excellent analytical ability
    • Strong communication skills with a pro-active approach to all aspects of their role
    • Highly motivated and organised individual
    • Works well under pressure when working to tight deadlines
    • The ideal candidate will need to have a merchandising or inventory planning background and be looking to move into a challenging position with a key opportunity to develop their career further within a key footwear brand.



      Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required.

    Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.


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