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Branch Planning Analyst


To maintain proper branch inventory levels for powerheads, accessories and spare parts to meet the product availability goals. To support the Manager Branch Planning in optimizing processes and communication as well as enhancing system support.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
  • Responsible for optimization of branch inventory for powerheads, accessories and spare parts. Ensures there is a good balance met between product availability, minimizing handling costs and reduce scrapping cost. 
  • Provides SAP Forecasting, MLE Forecasting, MRP, Master Data Management and GIS support to branches to ensure sales forecasts, purchase forecasts, coverage profiles, and Master Data are optimal and in accordance with goals.
  • Troubleshoots and provides training assistance to department and customers.
  • Creates annual planning projection package and consults branches in setting up the annual budget for sales and purchases. 
  • Places orders for spare parts and accessories as required. 
  • Reviews sales to dealer orders and pace of consumption at all STIHL branches. Requests add-on orders or releases, if required, to meet the product availability goals. 
  • Seeks out feedback from sales planning team and branch management when necessary. Responds to questions regarding inventory availability, sales usage history, backorders and order statuses with STIHL Inc. and outside vendors. Coordinates with the Virginia Beach Spare Parts Dept., Order Management, Customer Service, Product Planning as well as outside vendors. 
  • Responsible for set-up and configuration of branch sales forecasting parameters and MRP programs. Responds to customer inquiries.
  • Assumes additional related responsibilities as needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.               
  • 2+ years of related experience preferred.
  • APICS certification preferred.
  • Performs work under minimal supervision. Handles complex issues and problems, and refers more complex issues to higher-level staff. 
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft software, including Word, Excel & PowerPoint.  Adobe experience is also preferred. 
  • Knowledge of MRP system is desired, SAP preferred.
  • Must be able to travel 5+ consecutive days per year by road and/or air.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach