Availability ManagerAdvance Stores Company, Inc - Raleigh, NC
Functional Area:Inventory Management
Location:NC - Raleigh
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The Availability Manager (AM) is a field-focused role that has responsibility for monitoring, maintaining and improving market availability. The AM will assist in leading inventory transformation methodologies, New Store Opening (NSO), super HUB (SH) & HUB strategies, multi-day replenishment, inventory integration work, inventory related strategic account activities, seasonal builds and any other availability related discussions. They work closely with multiple teams including Real Estate, Integration, Transportation, Store Support Center (SSC) Operations, Field Operations and Supply Chain to optimize availability in their respective markets. Through collaborating with Visual Merchandising, SSC Operations, Inventory Planning, Integration, Real Estate and Supply Chain, the AM role will identify availability tactics to respond to competitive intrusion, streamline delivery route effectiveness, and maximize in-market coverage. The AM will work directly with Division Presidents, Regional Vice-Presidents (RVPs) and other field leadership to build strategies to improve our inventory availability.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Cultivate relationship & alignment through daily contact & communication with the Division Presidents, RVPs, District Managers (DMs), General Managers (GMs) and other division staff members.
Monitor, maintain, and recommend adjustments in-market availability based on market prioritizations.
Recommend the SH & HUB strategy working with their own MA team, real estate and supply chain to optimize the availability in market.
Monitor NSO process working with real estate and supply chain to optimize the availability in market
Monitor the Inventory Integration strategy working with the integration team, real estate and supply chain to optimize the availability in market.
Identify availability tactics with the field leadership team to combat intrusion.
Monitor logistics issues both internal and external to insure consistent product flow of merchandise inventories to stores/DCs.
Collaborate with teams across the organization including Visual Merchandise, Operations, Real Estate, Supply Chain, and Custom Mix to maximize market mix and product availability.
Communicate with all areas of the company as the need arises. Maintain an ongoing dialogue with merchandising, Logistics and store operations. Be prepared to step in and generate dialogue with the field team regarding inventory objectives of the company.
Continual process improvements; strategic leadership - anticipation of category life cycles; understanding of overall company strategies and 2-3 year vision.
Establish and maintain professional business relationships with external and internal vendors and customers in compliance with company policy.
Develop processes and procedures along with assessing human resource needs to ensure execution of company policies relative to the inventory levels and replenishment functions of the company.
Cultivate frequent internal contacts and communications with the Store Replenishment Analysts, Directors and staff members of various departments, including but not limited to Merchandising, Merchandise Presentations, Marketing, Distribution and Store Operations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Demonstrated leadership/management ability
Solid knowledge of replenishment, supply chain, and store operating systems
Strong analytical skills required; ability to extract, to analyze, graph and interpret data appropriately; ability to develop and communicate inventory findings and recommendations, creating actionable strategies for changes to stores
Demonstrated problem solving capabilities; ability to operate in a complex, rapidly changing environment while adhering to tight schedules and budgets
Demonstrated ability to balance multiple projects in varying degrees of implementation; ability to work independently, manage in an atmosphere of multiple assignments and shifting priorities
Outcome-focused and experienced in project management as a means to plan, track, communicate progress and ensure on time delivery
Strong strategic / innovative thinker
Strong interpersonal skills, ability to interact effectively with employees at all levels and senior leaders in a collaborative manner; ability to cultivate relationships with key stakeholders across functions in order to achieve business objectives and drive strategic change; proven track record of establishing strong relationships with the field sales and operations and experience in leading complex cross-functional teams
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Mathematics; and 2-4 years experience in Replenishment/Inventory Management, 5-7 years direct retail experience (preferably in automated inventory replenishment, store operations, inventory control, or systems related background), with 1-3 years leadership/management experience, 1-3 years project management experience preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
applyAvailability Manager Advance Stores Company, Inc - Raleigh, NC, United States
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. Following the closing of the General Parts International, Inc. acquisition, Advance operates 5,297 company-operated stores, 105 Worldpac branches, and services approximately 1,400 independently owned Carquest branded stores in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs over 71,000 Team Members.
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