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Product Designer

Melissa & Doug k

Wilton, CT

Oct 4
Job Description

Imagine working for a company with a mission you can truly believe in, a playful and energetic culture, a talented team of coworkers, and a bright future! Melissa & Doug, the global toy company committed to making childhood a time for imagination and wonder, is looking for a Demand Planner.  In this role, you’ll be an essential part of our mission to inspire children all over the world to discover themselves, their passions, and their purpose through thoughtfully designed toys that spark free play. 

ROLE OVERVIEW

The Demand Planner creates and maintains forecast models for their customers and assigned areas, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from sales, marketing, finance, retailer replenishment analysts, and other sources. Responsible for performing data analysis to recognize trends and/or patterns and adjusting forecasts accordingly. You must be able to work from our headquarters in Wilton, CT.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Collaborate with Demand Planning Lead to develop initial forecast modeling based on historical data and causal factors. Evaluates impact of promotional strategy on the forecast including product placement, various promotion types, acquisition methods, etc. and makes recommendations to meet margin and profit goals
Understand the dynamics of assigned areas of coverage and items, including: seasonality, competitive activity, trends, ad plans, category role, sales objectives, sales drivers and life cycle plans
Provide input into S&OP supply planning process on key forecast changes and monthly volume
Support the S&OP demand planning process and works with the Sales team to understand the latest volume estimates
Assist in creating a demand plan at the SKU level, customer and DC level (in dollars and units)
Meet daily/weekly with supply planners to discuss key in-stock and inventory issue
Partner with account managers to review vendor scorecards to resolve chronic issues such as vendor compliance chargers, fill rate, forecast accuracy, etc. to ensure a world-class customer experience
Collaborate  with the Supply Planners to ensure proper stock levels and allocation for Promotional and Seasonal items, collaborate with suppliers on make plans, and factory capacity analysis
New item forecasting and product life-cycle management
Provide category forecast growth assumptions as an input into the monthly S&OP process
QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, and/or Logistics preferred
1-3  years of experience in Demand planning
Exceptional Microsoft Excel skills
Strong analytical experience
Experience in professional reporting techniques
Experience in statistical modeling techniques and concepts of forecasting
Working knowledge of DSX, Oracle (Demantra) or JDE planning system preferred
Ideal candidate will be curious, self-teaching, autonomous, agile/flexible, and challenge the status quo. 
Willing to work in the Wilton, CT office 2 - 3 days per week.


Melissa & Doug proudly goes beyond being an equal opportunity employer, we work hard to sustain and enhance the natural and organic inclusivity that is fostered every day, by every employee.  We don’t do this because anyone tells us this is important, we do it because we genuinely want every person who comes to work here to be treated with respect and dignity and to be comfortable being their most authentic, genuine selves.

We hire for character, kindness, humanity, moral fiber and experience...therefore, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. We look forward to meeting you!

Melissa & Doug

OUR STORY 

Cofounders Melissa and Doug began working out of a garage in 1988 making toys that ignite imagination and wonder. While the company has grown to include thousands of products and more than 500 employees, it still has the heart of a start-up! Today, Melissa & Doug is known as the #1 preschool brand for wooden toys and our toys are distributed in more than 100 countries and enjoyed by more than 60 million families. We are approaching $1 billion at retail annually yet the quality of every toy, the experience of every child, and the trust of every parent remains at the center of everything we do. To learn even more about our mission, history and Power of Play alliance with the American Academy of Pediatrics, go to MelissaAndDoug.com