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Planning Manager

Company: Lakeshore Learning Materials, LLC
Location: Carson
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description
At Lakeshore, we create innovative learning materials and world-class guest experiences for teachers, parents and children. Since 1954, we've grown into a global community-with a thriving e-commerce business, multiple catalogs, 60+ retail stores, a peerless national sales force, plus international offices that support our preeminent supply chain division. But today we're working better, smarter and faster than ever-and setting our sights even higher. We're building an infrastructure designed for scalability, embracing data-driven decision-making and using technology to improve efficiency and ensure the best tools for the best work. Most importantly, we continue to invest in a diverse team of inquisitive top talent who fuel each other's passions and curiosity, take risks, try new things and believe that every new day brings opportunities for growth.
Job Description
We are currently searching for an experienced Planning Manager in our Planning and Forecasting department. Through expert strategic direction, coaching and development, you will manage a dedicated team of Planners. In this position, you will oversee the day-to-day processes and initiatives of your team and use your exceptional people management skills to achieve teamwide results. Proactive and resourceful, you must possess an ability to work in partnership with your fellow Planning Managers in the department. We value a team approach-so the ability to work collaboratively is essential. Successful candidates will have experience in planning and forecasting as well as buying finished goods and possess a solid knowledge of replenishment software. A background in furniture and import purchasing is desired.This role is considered hybrid with the expectation to come on-site at our Carson, CA headquarters.A day in the office looks like this:

  • Managing direct reports through hands-on coaching, training and performance management
  • Collaborating with other Planning Managers to ensure consistency of expectations
  • Leading and executing the forecasting and purchasing of finished products from domestic and import vendors for multichannel distribution
  • Analyzing historical data, statistical information and sales reports in order to trend future replenishment needs
  • Working collaboratively with cross-functional teams on new item launches, product revisions and end-of-life scenarios
  • Minimizing overstock while maintaining a best-in-class fill rate
  • Managing daily/weekly replenishment to stores
  • Monitoring KPIs to maximize efficiency and fill rate for our customers
    Got the skills and experience? Here's what we're looking for:
    • Minimum of 7 years of planning and forecasting experience in multichannel distribution (or bachelor's degree in Supply Chain)
    • At least 3 years of leadership experience
    • Furniture planning and forecasting experience is desired
    • Strong supervisory and leadership skills with the ability to effectively train others
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word)
    • Clear verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Strong math and analytical skills
    • Proven problem-solving and decision-making skills
    • A strong sense of urgency and impeccable follow-through
    • Ability to prioritize while juggling many tasks in a fast-paced setting
    • A team orientation and the ability to work independently
    • Knowledge of replenishment software
    • A long-term perspective on career development and desire to grow professionally within the company
      Additional Information
      And here's our end of the bargain!
      • Competitive compensation based on skills and experience, plus a bonus plan
      • Excellent medical/dental and vision coverage-EPO, PPO and HSA
      • 401(k) retirement plan with company contribution (because you will retire someday)
      • Flexible benefits-choose what you like, ignore the rest
      • On-site preschool for our employees' children
      • On-site employee gym for all levels/fitness needs
      • Generous employee discount on products that make you smarter
      • Casual dress---and we really mean itAt Lakeshore, we know our diversity makes us stronger, and when everyone feels included and valued, we all win. We strive to embrace our differences and create an intentionally diverse and inclusive community that is representative of the teachers, families and children we serve.We know we couldn't do the extraordinary things we're doing without the people on our team. Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of this spectacular group, Lakeshore is more than a great place to work-it's a great experience to be part of. Day in and day out, we give everything we've got to create products that instill a sense of wonder and foster a true love of learning. To help maintain this high bar for success, we're constantly on the lookout for people to join us. So if you're a down-to-earth professional who shares our desire for making a difference, we'd love to hear from you.

        To learn more about Lakeshore, visit

        Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
        People are selected to become members of the Lakeshore family based on skill, merit and mind-boggling talent-not based on race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, domestic partnership status, military status, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, alienage, AIDS or AIDS-related complex status, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status as a victim of domestic violence, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If things aren't equal, we all lose.To learn about how we collect and use Applicant information, please visit our Employee/Applicant Privacy Policy. INDRLL2

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