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Dylan’s Candy Bar Assistant Planner in New York, New York

By merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy, Dylan's Candy Bar has innovated the way we see candy today. With a mission to awaken the creative spirit and inner child in everyone, Dylan's Candy Bar surrounds customers with the most imaginative, state-of-the-art decor, using Pop Art installations to transport its guests to a modern-day version of Willy Wonka’s factory. It houses over 7,000 confections, boasting the largest, unparalleled selection of candies and candy-related gifts from around the world.

Dylan’s Candy Bar stores are currently located in New York City, East Hampton, Los Angeles, Miami Beach, Chicago, and major international airports. Dylan’s Candy Bar also has distribution in luxury boutiques, leading department stores, and premium hotels nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit https://www.dylanscandybar.com/ or www.facebook.com/DylansCandy.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Assistant Planner is a key member of the Dylan’s Candy Supply Chain team who will be responsible for analyzing and planning the inventory needs for the three main business units: Retail, Wholesale and E-Commerce. The primary responsibility of this position is to analyze and forecast wholesale sales and inventory needs.

Additionally, the Planner will be responsible for entering wholesale customer orders and ensuring a seamless fulfillment. This individual will work closely with the Buying/Product Development team as well as members from the wholesale department in order to develop appropriate purchase plans that maximize profits while minimizing inventory levels.

The individual must be a self-starter who can quickly learn the inventory system and planning system for this growing business. In addition to the forecasting role, the Planner will monitor wholesale sales and highlight trends, report on aged and discontinued inventory and delivery issues.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Set and monitor optimal inventory levels on a monthly basis for the wholesale division

  • Forecast sales and recommend purchase order quantities for wholesale long lead items to maximize both inventory turns and freight efficiency, at least quarterly.

  • Monitor and report on sales trends, stock turn, fill rates, and margins on individual SKU's as well as product categories

  • Manage orders and order flow to support forecasts based on delivery parameters, including sales order entry, invoicing, and credits

  • In constant communication with wholesale department and fulfillment center to make sure orders are moving in a timely matter and if there are any issues needing to be addressed i.e. backorders

  • React to changes in forecast in a timely manner

  • Communicate forecast risks or opportunities to the appropriate division

  • Ensure accuracy of inventory and forecasting systems data

  • Report and follow-up action on backorders, late orders, and other inventory issues

  • Support Sales Units with stock purchases and or/forecasts as needed

  • Maintain EDI integrations and assist with new setups

  • Manage wholesale drop ship in coordination with customer care team

  • Develop relationships with wholesale buyers

  • Assist Planner with inventory planning across other divisions

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 1-3 years as a planner, buyer, or analyst

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

  • Superb MS Excel skills

  • Familiar with Open to Buy Concepts and managing an OTB

  • Experience with food, life cycle expiration, and seasonal purchasing

  • Experience with markdown strategy and exiting product lines

  • Experience with NetSuite a plus

  • Experience with EDI setup a plus

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills are necessary

  • Organization, creative problem-solving, team-player and a continuous improvement mentality are key qualities for success in this career

  • Appreciation of Dylan’s Candy Bar unique culture, entrepreneurial attitude, heritage and passion for its products

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