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prAna Allocation Analyst

Columbia Sportswear Company

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 06/08/2019

Overview of prAna:

From the first days designing clothing in a garage, prAna’s initial vision to connect yoga and climbing to mindful living has captivated thousands. It’s ensured that prAna clothing and gear are made with intention - that every detail from trim and linings to hangtags is carefully designed to enhance our lives today while still considering the needs of tomorrow. Since 1992, this vision has been at the root of prAna’s relationships with customers and retailers. And, it has helped the company to foster a community of active, free spirited customers that share its values.

Today, the brand has evolved beyond our rock climbing and yoga roots to include lifestyle and performance clothing. The clothing is designed at prAna with style and versatility in mind. prAna is deeply committed to mitigating the impact they have on the environment in manufacturing and selling its clothing and that all products are made in safe and fair working conditions.

Each year, prAna welcomes increasingly more people to the prAna way of life through a multi-channel strategy including their own branded stores, a fast growing direct ecommerce business, catalogs and an established wholesale distribution of over 1,400 retailers across the US, Canada, and Europe.

prAna’s sales grew at a compound annual growth rate of more than 30 percent between 2010 and 2013, and prAna was acquired by Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC) in June, 2014. prAna is now part of the family of brands in the Columbia portfolio, including Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Sorel and Montrail. prAna is headquartered in Carlsbad, California and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company, with Russ Hopcus as President.

Overview of the Position:

The Allocation Analyst will support the Direct to Consumer channel decisions regarding Retail Stores inventory planning and flow. The primary focus of the position is to execute inventory plans necessary to meet projected sales demands through monitoring and anticipating the rate of sale. The position will be the key contact for Retail Store operational support and communication for all matters related to inventory flow. The Allocation Analyst will utilize and develop excel based tools to review historical sales data to provide for accurate projections / weeks of stock planning. They will participate in Direct Channel cross functional meetings with Retail team and provide updates to internal planning team.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
•Key Contact for all Retail Store team communication for all matters related to inventory planning and flow, replenishment and bulk management
•Key Contact for all Columbia Employee Store communication for all matters related to inventory flow, replenishment and bulk management
•Key Contact for Retail Stores KWI back office system and seasonal data management.
•Maintain inventory levels necessary to meet projected sales demands through monitoring and anticipating the rate of sale
•Develop excel based tools to review historical sales data to provide for accurate projections / weeks of life planning
•Responsible for Retail & Columbia Employee Stores Replenishment inventory management, monitoring and analysis
•Support the seasonal inventory buildup by providing clear and concise data and analysis on inventory performance at Retail for review with Sr Demand Planner – DTC
•Review style sell thru and inventory levels to determine and review under/over-stock situations with Sr Demand Planner DTC
•Responsible for communication internally with, Allocator, Shipping & QC Managers regarding product flow and processing
•Utilize SharePoint Planning site to communicate inventory reporting
•Support seasonal inventory sell thru by early identification of risks & opportunities as it relates to excess/deficits at Retail
•Support seasonal data management needs by identifying and communicating carry overs, leap frog carry-overs, SMUs, seasonal price changes, UPC Masters
•Execute regular Direct to Consumer bulk revisions and uploads
•Execute Customer Specific Pricing for all DTC promotions in Full Circle and KWI promotional pricing management
•Key Contact for all Retail store transfers, RMA’s and RA Management
Minimum Job Qualifications
•3-5 years of experience in apparel buying or inventory analysis or management preferred
•Strong analytical ability and proven skills in utilizing analytical tools
•Retail Management System experience preferred, Full Circle preferred
•Expert skills in Microsoft Excel and Proficient with Microsoft Office productivity suite
•Understanding of EDI preferred
•Must be able to work independently and with cross-functional teams
•Excellent oral and written communication skills
•Bachelor’s degree preferred

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

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