Monday, October 21, 2013

Senior Instock Manager, Textbooks

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 is looking for a smart, motivated, and driven Senior Instock Manager to join the Textbooks team. The Sr. Instock Manager will be responsible for developing and executing inventory strategies to maximize sales, margin and inventory turns. He or she will have responsibility for ensuring all inventory systems and processes are meeting the needs of the business and implementing controls around these processes. The Sr. Instock manager will own driving improvement in inventory availability, increasing inventory efficiency and improving purchasing efficiency. The successful candidate possesses superb business judgment, with a track record of successful relationship management, and strong analytical acumen, with experience generating and managing forecasts, reports, and analyses. The position requires an individual who can work autonomously in a highly demanding and often ambiguous environment, with strong attention to detail. This role is located in Seattle.

Areas of responsibility include:

Inventory & Supply Chain Management

  • Work with vendors to ensure a reliable and operationally effective flow of goods

  • Forecast and manage efficient inbound and outbound inventory flows, including forecasting, purchasing, and receive problem solve

  • Recommend and drive action plans to reduce return/liquidation costs

Operational Efficiencies

  • Measure and improve vendor lead times, reduce operational defects, and improve systems to streamline operations between vendors and Amazon

  • Communicate with vendors regarding operational performance metrics and recommend actions to lower operational costs, reduce defects, and enhance operational efficiency

  • Perform root cause analysis/reporting on operational issues, develop action plans and manage improvements

Project Management

  • Work with internal teams to help drive tools and process improvements that affect purchasing and vendor management workflow, with emphasis on automating tasks that are currently performed manually

  • Develop analysis of key business metrics, with emphasis on developing and executing recommendations for improvement

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Business, Engineering or a Supply Chain/Operations discipline

  • Strong data analysis, problem solving and project management skills

  • 6-7 years supply chain, inventory management, retail and/or project management experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Business, Engineering or a Supply Chain/Operations discipline

  • Excellent business judgment, strong written and oral communication skills, and a practical, common sense approach to getting things done

  • The right candidate thrives in a high energy environment where tactical and strategic activities are expected to be driven in parallel

  • The ability to use both formal and informal influencing skills across Amazon's cross-matrix organization is critical to the success of this role

  • Experience working with IT professionals and process improvement techniques such as Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma

  • SQL experience


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