Senior Business Process Analyst - Allocation

Confidential Company  •  Bellevue, WA

5 - 7 years experience  •  Retail / Diversified

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/23/17
Confidential Company
Bellevue, WA
5 - 7 years experience
Retail / Diversified
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/23/17

What's cool about this job

The Allocation Senior Business Process Analyst contributes to REI’s success by driving the design, development and delivery of critical Allocation business capabilities that will enable REI’s future Merchandising strategies and initiatives. This strategic role will work with the Business (Merchandising, Planning, and Inventory Management (Replenishment and Allocation)) and Merchandising IT in co-developing and influencing the Allocation Roadmap and bringing the associated capabilities to life through the creation and delivery of new processes and tools. This role will bring strong retail industry and Replenishment and Allocation thought leadership and experience in designing and implementing these new processes and tools to drive improved delivery of Merchandising strategies across the Co-op.

Key Responsibilities

Allocation Subject Matter Expertise

  • Function as the Allocation Subject Matter Expert in business functionality, end to end processes, data flow, and functional architecture of systems supported
  • Develop and maintain a complete working knowledge of REI Merchandising and Inventory Management holistic processes, procedures, and current applications as well as future solutions

Allocation Product Roadmap

  • Co-identify, scope and plan Allocation capabilities with the Merchandising Solutions Leadership and 
  • Provide recommendations and assist with developing plans to drive capability design and implementation strategies
  • Design, develop and deliver presentations that educate, inform, and influence critical business decisions of Merchants and Business Leaders

Discovery and Requirements Gathering

  • Drive the documentation of the “As Is” processes and identify/prioritize opportunities and pain points
  • Assist in building and socializing initial business case and project value proposition
  • Co-lead business working sessions and/or interviews for requirements gathering sessions that may act as an input into vendor RFPs 
  • Interpret business needs, document requirement or user stories, and guide 
  • Identify and recommend tools or applications that achieve positive business results, enabling industry standard processes and leading best practices

Business Process Design

  • Analyze, interpret and improve department specific business processes to support Merchandising strategies, capabilities and key projects   
  • Lead and participate in business process design workshops, advocating for the business users, understanding and enabling 
  • Own “To Be” business processes design and documentation with the team and understand and analyze gaps providing recommended solutions
  • Support the implementation of industry best practices, company programs, procedures, and methods 

Change Management/Training

  • Collaborate with Change Management and Training to help identify initial impact assessments, the change management and training strategies, and associated communication plans
  • Assist with Change Management and Training in the physical training and rollout plans for new systems or enhancements to existing systems (as required)
  • Act as a Change Champion with the business in communicating and supporting the new 

UAT Strategy and Execution

  • Own co-developing and socializing the UAT Strategy with 
  • Create UAT Test Scripts to test and approve new capability/system functionality
  • Execute UAT Test Scripts with the Business and IT

Business Go Live Planning and Communications

  • Work with the Business, IT, and Change Management and Training partners to develop the business 
  • Partner with the Business and IT to execute defined plans

Post Go Live Support

  • Collaborates with Change Management and Training to conduct post 
  • Co-own the Product Roadmap 
  • Own grooming and prioritizing backlog of potential enhancements and solution modification

General Project Management

  • Participate in all project related governance meetings including design sessions, daily stand-ups, sprint retrospectives and sprint demonstrations for Agile projects and all other project meetings as required



Bring your passion and expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Merchandising, Retail Operations or related field
  • 5+ years professional retail industry or consulting experience preferably in Merchandising Inventory Management (Replenishment and Allocation) with knowledge of the end-to-end retail model (Merchandising, Supply Chain, Operations)
  • 2+ years of business process design and improvement experience (e.g. Six Sigma, Lean, Kaizen) with a focus in Merchandising Allocation
  • 1+ year of project management-oriented delivery experience and methodologies (e.g. Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)- Waterfall and Agile) in Merchandising, Supply Chain, or Retail Operations
  • Experience in implementing Enterprise Merchandising Inventory Management (Replenishment and Allocation) Solutions (e.g. TXT, JDA, Oracle, SAP, etc.)
  • Ability to work and act as the conduit/translator between Merchandising Business and IT partners (business and IT knowledge)
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities
  • Focused on delivering quality work through using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals.
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to think critically, from both an operational and financial perspective, when 
  • Team player that openly, actively and flexibly collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals
  • Proficient in developing senior management level communications, statuses and presentation materials
  • Strong self-starter with ability to self-educate and learn while doing in a highly complex and rapidly changing environment Advanced computer skills, to include, but not limited to: Microsoft Suite of Tools (Excel, Visio, Word, PowerPoint, Project and SharePoint)

Job ID:8560

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