Director, Inventory Planning & Management

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation   •  

Columbia, MO

Industry: Manufacturing


11 - 15 years

Posted 66 days ago

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At American Outdoor Brands, we are proud to offer some of the most popular names in the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast markets!

We are dedicated to creating, growing, and preserving strong consumer brands that deliver innovative and high-quality products. Our efforts focus on meeting the needs of consumers who have a passion for the adventure, freedom, and personal inspiration offered by embracing the great outdoors. We have successfully grown from a single firearms operating division founded in 1852 under the iconic Smith & Wesson brand to four operating divisions today.

With more than 18 highly respected consumer brands -- and growing -- we are well positioned to serve the large outdoor lifestyle products market opportunity. American Outdoor Brands Corporation represents our enhanced strategic direction, our broad range of product offerings, and our plan to continue building upon our portfolio of strong American brands. American Outdoor Brands Corporation serves as the holding company for the historic Smith & Wesson Corp., Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., and Crimson Trace Corporation, which represent our firearms, manufacturing services, accessories, and electro-optics divisions.

We have only just begun our journey toward achieving our vision of being the leading provider of high-quality products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast. This large and growing market is populated by active lifestyle consumers who pursue their activities with passion and seek out brands they can trust. With a track record of creating, preserving, and acquiring respected brands, we remain committed to our future growth -- focusing on brands that best support the needs and lifestyle of our valued customers.

American Outdoor Brands (and its affiliates) is an equal opportunity employer, and considers for employment and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, military service, application for military service, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. Candidates must possess proper authorization to work in the United States and, where applicable, to possess technical data as defined in the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) 22 CFR 120.10.

Serve as the Global Director of Inventory Planning & Management for all of AOBSC. This role will develop and teach best practices across all business units in the areas of Inventory planning and management. This role will be vital in the creation and development of supply chain strategies that increase inventory turns, minimize back orders and maximize working capital. This person will also assist the S&OP teams with the local process execution and facilitation of the monthly Sales and Operations Planning activities, process, and data. This role will oversee and facilitate the data collection that will support the global Inventory analysis as well as global inventory reporting processes for the company. It is also responsible to ensure there is global inventory data integrity throughout the overall process, working collaboratively with various functions to address and improve the existing processes. Will work collaboratively to establish and drive the creation of global Inventory metrics to be included at various times throughout the process. The AOB Inventory Planning & Management Director will align with Information Technology, the respective Sales Teams, Demand Planning, Supply Planning, Sourcing, Manufacturing and Customer Service to identify business needs, analyze operating system capabilities, identify data needs and help solve for inconsistencies, conduct business gap analysis, and drive for overall process improvement. This individual will remain current on best S&OP and IBP (Integrated Business Planning) practices, and work to continuously evolve the overall AOB process to meet current and future business needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create the Global Inventory Strategic Plan for all of the AOB business units and lead the execution of such strategy.
  • Create the organization structure that supports the global strategy and staff it accordingly to execute on the strategy and provide the value back to the organization.
  • Work cross functionally with the various AOB groups, including Demand Planning, Finance, Supply Planning, Sourcing, Development, Customer Services, and Sales to ensure that the appropriate inventory levels are achieved in order to provide best in class service to the ultimate customer base.
  • Establish and/or, revise key metrics in support of Inventor Management & Planning Department Key Performance Indicators, monitor the development and delivery of these metrics throughout the process.
  • Complete the loop on information that feeds into the inventory planning process such as forecast received from the various business units and provide feedback on all data and metrics. This includes but is not limited to forecast accuracy, current inventory trends, back order metrics etc.
  • Assist in the development of the Global Inventory executive reviews, organize the participation of key executives, ensure the correct data and metrics are available, ensure proper participation at the executive level, and assist in documenting risks and opportunities and help drive decision making for all key issues.
  • Establish a Global Inventory analysis and communication process as an output of the various regional activities. Create monthly Global Inventory metrics, communicate key conclusions to stakeholders, and perform follow up of the actions as needed.
  • Document and share "best practice" methods, processes and ideas across the AOB supply chain operations to drive continuous improvements in all aspects of business operation.
  • Solicit feedback from S&OP participants to understand improvement opportunities.
  • Drive coordination of extended supply chain into and out of our far east vendor bases, provide direction on best practices and coordination with other business functions (such as quality and logistics) to ensure the best service possible.
  • Represent Global Supply Chain and Inventory strategies and business needs for operating systems selection, implementation, and continuous improvement on an as needed basis
  • Lead and develop the Global Inventory & Supply Chain team
  • Create and distribute a scorecard that measures all of the critical areas of inventory to include but not limited to forecast accuracy, service levels and back order metrics by sku, brand, division, etc.
  • Manage inventory levels to ensure the optimal levels to support high in stock levels, adjusted for seasonality and other business needs.
  • Drive the balance of inventory needs, high in stock service levels and working capital to achieve positive results for all facets of the business.
  • Other duties as assigned

NOTE:This list presents only the principal duties of the position and is not intended to be comprehensive. The duties and responsibilities listed above may be changed or supplemented at any time in accordance with business needs and conditions.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in business or related field required, MBA is preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years in supply chain management, demand planning, or inventory management experience required
  • Full understanding of the Sales and Operations Planning process, steps, outputs, and benefits mandatory
  • Demonstrated experience re-engineering and/or established best practices with regard to Inventory controls
  • Understanding of advanced supply chain concepts and their financial impact (inventory turns, cash flow and working capital) is required
  • Expertise in MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint required

Competencies and Skills:

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to manipulate and summarize data in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required for interacting at all levels within the organization
  • Detail oriented with the ability to work independently in a proactive and anticipatory manner, with the ability to translate direction to lower level execution
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, assign effective priorities to tasks and to operate with a certain level of autonomy is needed
  • Ability to exercise high degree of professionalism

Physical Demands:

  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.
  • Some work is required in "off-hours" for business meetings/company events.
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time in front of a computer.
  • Ability to move about facility on regular basis to perform physical activities, such as, but not limited to, lifting heavy equipment (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking.
  • Visual and hearing acuity.
  • Travel up to 10%

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment and Personal Protective Equipment:

  • General office environment, with some exposure to plant environment, with fork lift and other general hazards.

Benefits include competitive medical, dental, and vision coverage for employee and qualifying dependents as well as 401(k) with company match, Profit Sharing plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, product discounts, and generous paid time off.