Job Details

prAna Sr. Planning Analyst

Columbia Sportswear Company

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 06/14/2019

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 hang tags 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.


Analyze, execute and communicate demand, inventory, purchase and delivery planning targets for all regional apparel, footwear and accessories to achieve profitability and inventory goals. Analyze data and make recommendations to management in order to provide visibility to overall business in order to achieve profitability, customer coverage and inventory goals. Senior level analyst demonstrating high-level operational analysis, systems expertise and ability to handle complex issues.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:
•Develop reports, provide high level analysis of information and make recommendations for decision making to support all Corporate Forecast revenue and inventory processes (Sales, Assumptions, DC Forecasts, Slow Moving Inventory Reporting & Supply Risk Profiles).
•Provide scenario planning and trend analysis to determine how the Regional forecast and inventory plan is tracking to goals.
•Lead collaboration meetings to align on monthly, seasonal, and fiscal forecasts with cross functional leaders in Sales, Planning, Account Operations, and Finance. Facilitate the monthly Corporate Forecast revenue and inventory meetings.
•Create, maintain and publish reports, scorecards, and data to track actual inventory levels against corporate inventory targets and corporate financial forecasts. Provide visibility to management on areas of concern and areas of focus.
•Partner with Regional Sales, Account Operations, Demand Planning, and DC Operations teams in analysis and preparation of Regional inventory and Corporate Forecast Reviews for use by senior management monthly and during quarterly investor guidance.
•Assist in defining and creating reporting and analysis for planning department key performance indicators, scorecards and regional initiatives. Provide visibility on areas of concern and areas of focus. Partner with planning teams to better understand trends and any root cause issues.
•Communicate regional business requirements for supply chain operations data, analytics and reports to Global Analytics team and IT. Collaborate with planning team to define requirements and priorities across all planning systems and reporting.
•Work with other planning analysts and Global Company Planning Team to implement best practices and Supply Chain operational initiatives. Possess a thorough understanding of the up-stream and the down-stream processes and high-level systems flow in order to determine the impact of process changes. Provide leadership in determining gaps and opportunities in the effectiveness of regional and/or global planning systems and processes.
•Research, recommend and deliver process improvement changes through integrated planning with Sales, DC, Account Operations, and Finance.

Secondary Functions:
•Develop ad-hoc and repetitive reports and information tools as requested. Combine data from multiple sources and formats into tools for planning decision support, capacity and inventory analysis, auditing and other purposes. When needed, ensure a smooth transition of use to other employees within the department through documentation and training.
•Provide updates to stakeholders and Management regarding project status.

Team Functions:
•Maintain positive open lines of communication within prAna, Columbia Sportswear management and all other internal departments and outside suppliers in order to contribute to the smooth flow of information and efficient operation of the organization.
•Coach,mentor and train other analysts. Provide technical process and systems expertise to others (may act as “go to” person).
•Be an active participant on the team and offer suggestions for achieving team goals. Take initiative to get things done and make things better. Be reliable and follow through meeting deadlines and commitments. Be flexible when change is needed. Be approachable.
•Readily establish business relationships within and outside of prAna and Columbia Sportswear. Achieve results through collaboration and involving appropriate partners.
•Energize and inspire others. Recognize and celebrate the achievements of others. Act with honesty and integrity in business situations. Treat others with respect and dignity. Actively participate in making Columbia Sportswear a great place to work.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Scope:

Usually works with minimal supervision and may consult with higher level professionals on unusual matters. Contributes to complex projects and carries out assignments independently. This job requires the ability to analyze and interpret different types of information. Complexity is found in process analysis, consensus building, project management, and the need to affect change within departments where no direct authority exists. Errors in judgment can adversely affect efficiency of operations causing increased costs and/or lost sales opportunities. Decisions are made within general department policy constraints.


May provide guidance to lower level professional team members but has no formal supervisory responsibility.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Interactions with others focus on information exchange and problem solving. Contacts may share confidential/sensitive company information. Communication often involves subjects of a technical nature. Incumbent usually initiates contacts on his/her own with 50% being by phone/email and the remainder via face-to-face interaction.

Specific Job Skills:

•Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
•Proactive and assertive in follow-through with colleagues and business partners.
•Ability to understand and translate moderately technical concepts verbally and in writing.
•Ability to prioritize tasks and respond to urgent requests/inquiries with minimal supervisory involvement.
•The ability to collaborate and influence others.
•The ability to cope with conflicting constraints.
•A well-developed ability to speak, read, and write English, including writing clear and concise business communication.
•Strong verbal communication skills and ability to facilitate meetings with key stakeholders and executive team members.
•Significant experience using Microsoft Excel to create spreadsheets, charts and pivot tables; using of functions such as sumif, vlookup, and similar.
•Significant experience using Microsoft Access, including running pre-formatted reports and creating simple queries.
•Ability to apply experience and knowledge to provide creative solutions to problems.

•Experience using information systems associated with demand and supply planning.
•Previous work with other cultures in a business setting, and awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences.

Preferred Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Supply Chain Management, or equivalent experience.

Experience Desired/Knowledge
•Minimum 5-8 years professional experience in analyzing and interpreting forecast and inventory data required.
•Experience in supply chain management, planning, or distribution desired. Apparel/footwear industry experience desired.

Job Conditions:

Job requires hours that may occasionally exceed 8 hours per day and/or 40 hours per week during times of peak activity. Some job pressure exists in the balancing of several projects with conflicting and sometimes changing deadlines.

Physical Requirements:

Employee must be able to perform essential functions of position with or without reasonable accommodations. Environment is a typical office setting plus varying settings associated with domestic and international travel and meetings. Job typically involves continuous sitting, speaking face-to-face and by phone, and use of computer equipment. The ability to sit for extended periods and to bend, kneel, and stoop. Ability to operate telephones and computer hardware and software, including keyboard and 10-key. Must be physically able to lift or carry up to 10 lbs.

Employee Conduct:
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

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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