The Estee Lauder Companies Forecasting and Inventory Manager in Blaine, Minnesota

Forecasting and Inventory Manager

Brand: Aveda


Position Summary:

The Free Standing Store (FSS) Planning Manager is an exciting opportunity for a highly collaborative, entrepreneurial individual. This person will analytically and strategically support all store planning efforts with particular focus on management and execution of optimal inventory levels for all the Aveda Experience Centers in North America. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) timely replenishment of saleable and non-saleable products, forecasting review and exceptions management, store communications and contact, shipment analysis and order processing.

This role will be a highly collaborative; working across functional teams including (but not limited to) brand teams, marketing, operations, information technology. The goal of the role is to ensure optimal levels of inventory, while continuing maintaining the business and suggesting opportunities for improvement that is backed by analysis.

The role will report into the NA replenishment team with tight collaboration with the brand. The FSS Planning Manager will be responsible for identifying and proposing new ideas that drive the business or improve efficiencies. The planner will also need to ensure all documentation of processes remains updated for easy knowledge transfer to colleagues and other brands.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

Forecasting & Replenishment

Setup Promotional Events in JustEnough (JE) for the year

Adjust Just Enough spikes as needed based on recent sales and/or strategic decisions

Manage item and/or site supersedes and cannibalization

Review forecast exceptions

Set up New doors

Review Programming Side-By-Side Calendar

Prep/attend seasonal Planning meetings with brand team

Attend consensus meetings with demand and supply

Drive Merchandise Financial Plan (MFP/ Category plans) for their channel

Present at corporate meetings (e.g. consensus) on FSS inventory position, key initiatives, etc…

Drive monthly collaboration meetings with the brand and cross functional teams

Replenishment Optimization

Manage Replenishment Parameters and support replenishment optimization

Inventory Management

Review and analyze inventory

Perform and propose stock transfers as needed

Review Inventory discrepancies and action

Plan, Manage, Communicate, and Execute Returns of Goods on discontinued items, and post holiday items

Drive excess analysis and execution. Recommend aged out items and work with corp replen teams

Maintain regular cadence of meeting with key stakeholders (e.g. brand teams, IS)

Primary contact for Aveda Experience Center store managers on inventory questions and concerns

Order Management & Execution

Perform Sales & Inventory analysis

Detailed review of OOS

Place Opening Order for new doors

Review and Analyze Counter SL, investigate as required to determine root cause and recommend solutions

Shipment Planning & Execution

Update Weekly Shipment Forecast and align with Demand Planning

Calendarize & review with Sales Ops monthly ship plan for account

Assortment Management

Communicate SRP /SKU edits, timing of disco and RTV requirements due to new season's assortment

Ensure JE has the right SKU/Door set up



College degree or equivalent years of experience


5 years relatable experience


  • Self-starter and ability to work independently

  • Fast learner

  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills; ability to quickly re-prioritize while still meeting deadlines

  • Ability to analyze and review large amount of data in Excel or MS Access

  • Collaboration across functional and regional teams

  • Ability to succinctly summarize analysis results and recommend solutions for optimizing systems and processes

  • Strong math and analytical skills

  • Strong understanding of time phased forecasting and replenishment systems and parameters (safety stock, lead time, A/B/C classification, review cycle, etc.)

  • Strong communication skills

  • Knowledge of inventory models and metrics

  • Deep understanding of retail planning and inventory management needs

  • Prior experience using forecasting and replenishment systems such as JDA, JustEnough, SAP, I2

  • Understanding of retail store operations and planning processes

Job: Finance & Accounting

Primary Location: Americas-US-MN-Blaine

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: 1st (Day) Shift

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Number: 1810167