• Supply Planning Manager

    Job Locations US-GA-Norcross
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(10/18/2018 3:18 PM)
    Pos. Type
    Full Time Regular
    Pos. Category
    Global Operations
    Due Date
    Location : Street
    1650 Indian Brook Way
    Location : Zip
  • Overview

    Founded in 1995, Alternative is a fashion lifestyle brand best known for comfort, simplicity and our commitment to sustainability. Through innovative apparel design and involvement in purposeful causes, we aim to connect people, inspire creativity and catalyze change.


    When you work at Alternative, you join a community, not a department. Alternative is a company of entrepreneurs who are driven by passion, not job descriptions, where you can contribute to something you're proud to wear--on your body and your résumé.


    The Supply Planning Manager is responsible for driving purchase decisions, managing inventory levels, resolving supply chain issues, and exceeding customer order fill rates. Success in this role requires ongoing collaboration with a global supplier base. This role works very closely with the Forecast Manager and has close ties to Purchasing/Production, Finance, Sales, and Product Development. The incumbent must apply a working knowledge of inventory planning and supply chain management best practices. The position reports to the Purchasing and Planning Director.




    • Create rolling 6-month supplier projections monthly.
    • Monitor suppliers’ actual lead times and hold suppliers accountable for quoted lead times.
    • Ensure suppliers are stocking agreed levels of materials and reserving adequate production capacity to support business needs.
    • Generate inventory replenishment needs every two weeks and communicate to purchasing/production team.
    • Identify potential supply risks and work with necessary teams and suppliers to mitigate.
    • Perform ABC inventory analysis and categorize style/colors based on performance.
    • Prioritize production with purchasing team and suppliers, as needed.
    • Perform gross margin analysis when air freight is required.
    • Work with with MTO team to include custom product needs in supplier projections.
    • Work with Forecast Manager to include seasonal product needs in supplier projections.
    • Collaborate with wholesalers to include product needs in supplier projections.
    • Monitor Open to Buy and ensure purchase orders are aligned with monthly, quarterly, and annual inventory targets.
    • Assist in preparing monthly reports for the leadership team.
    • Participate in design review planning sessions.
    • Oversee review of weekly distributor demand and determine how to allocate and supply inventory.
    • Oversee review of large customer requests and determine how to best allocate inventory.
    • Report quarterly on projections vs. actuals for supplier scorecards.


    • BA/BS required.
    • 4+ years of experience in inventory planning, supply chain management, or related field.
    • Expert knowledge of inventory planning methodologies and best practices.
    • Wholesale apparel experience preferred.
    • Must be well organized, self-motivated, focused on meeting deadlines, and able to multitask within a fast-paced environment.
    • Experience managing direct or indirect reports.
    • Strong attention to detail and superior analytical skills.
    • Excellent communication skills with ability to build and maintain good working relationships with internal and external partners.
    • Advanced Excel.
    • ERP experience preferred.
    • Experience implementing MRP software a plus.


    An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

    Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly: 

    Telephone:  877-933-5553

    Email: HBI_TA@hanes.com




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