BJs Wholesale Club Demand Planner in BJ's Home Office, Massachusetts
Join a team of more than 25,000 team members, comprised of our home office and over 215 clubs and 3 distribution centers in 17 states. We’re committed to delivering value and convenience to our Members, helping them save every day on everything they need for their family and home. BJ’s Wholesale Club offers a collaborative, team-oriented environment where all team members can learn, grow and excel.
The Demand Planner is primarily responsible for maintaining forecasts for assigned merchandise to support service level objectives of BJs and enhance member experience. These forecasts drive customer service levels in stores, orders in Clubs and DCs, and all planning activity including forecasts to vendors and DC resource planning. The Demand Planner must utilize his/her expertise on demand planning concepts as well as use advanced demand planning systems to achieve forecast accuracy as per defined goals by Article/Channel/Groups of Clubs and/or product family.
Major Tasks, Responsibilities, and Key Accountabilities
Establishing and maintaining statistical forecast using JDA Demand
Analyzing and adjusting system forecasts in response to changing sales and industry trends, market changes, promotional and seasonal activity and probability of anticipated sales.
Achieving forecast accuracy as per defined goals by Article/Channel/Groups of Clubs and/or product family.
Executing promotion and lift analysis to drive business objectives of each promotion
Ensuring proper cleansing of sales history and entering future Market Intelligence to accurately depict seasonal changes, weather impact, vendor failure, supply disruptions, promotions, etc. to drive appropriate inventory levels to DCs and stores;
Ensuring initialization of store/item level forecast; tracking and communicating new item forecast accuracy and recommending changes based on early read analysis and trend analysis
Supporting successful product transition plans, managing seasonal profiles, product linking and exit strategies
Analyzing Demand Classification recommendations to adjust statistical parameters
Demonstrating a clear understanding of the goals of the team
Anticipating risks to mitigate impact to key metrics
Developing expertise in the use of demand planning tools and applying it to their products
Generating appropriate aggregations of forecast data to facilitate cross-functional communication
Effectively communicating ideas and directions to all levels that influence and lead others to action.
Proactively communicating to leadership on forecast status, actions taken, accuracy misses and root cause through use of standard Demand Planning analysis (e.g., region bias reports, region charts), and team communication vehicles
Performing ad hoc or customized team-level analysis proactively to add business value for the business category
Bachelor's Degree 2-4 years related exp / Masters Degree 1-3 years related exp
Proven competencies that exemplify BJs core values.
Proficient in the fundamentals of Supply Chain management, including strong knowledge of demand forecasting and distribution planning related processes.
Exceptionally articulate in oral and written communications built on strong analytical skills
Strong Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills; ability to apply critical thinking to dissimilar problems and deliver fact supported analysis.
Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities
Ability to spot trends, evaluate large amounts of data and make sound decisions in a fast-paced environment.
Proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of management.
Solid proficiency in MS-Excel and other MS-Office related tools
Capability to utilize various data points, including shipment patterns, Point of Sale (POS) data, pricing, etc. to adjust forecasts.
Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable information to drive results.
Ability to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners, including sales, marketing, leadership and suppliers.
Influencing & Negotiation: Can effectively communicate ideas and directions to all levels that lead others to action.
Forecasting, Replenishment Planning or Inventory Management experience in a high-volume industry
2-3 years’ experience in demand planning, forecasting, statistics or other quantitative analytic disciplines
Strong technical skills using quantitative products such as Oracle, SQL, Excel and Access
JDA Demand or other Planning software experience a plus
Experience with Six Sigma a plus
Job ConditionsHeadquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates more than 215 clubs, 145 BJ's Gas® locations and 3 distribution centers in 17 states. BJ’s is a Fortune 500 company and was the first retailer to introduce the warehouse club concept in the northeastern United States. Become an integral member of the BJ’s Wholesale Club team, where we help our Members stock up for less in a convenient one-stop shop.