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Inventory Planning

Function: Procurement
Location: Orange City, IA, Orange City, IA US
Date posted: 4/30/2018 2:35:05 PM
Type: Full-time
Permanent / Contract: Regular
Job number: 1047234
We have an opening for an Inventory Planner within the Orange City, IA location. The job description summary follows.  .   

Job Summary
Responsible for maintaining appropriate inventory levels for an assigned group of items.   


  • Works independently with minimal guidance to manage inventory levels on an assigned group of items.
  • Assigns and sets up new catalog items in system to support catalog programs and plans inventory re-orders.
  • Accurately enters cost sheet information; updates cost sheet tracking for initial catalog launches. 
  • Downloads and calculates initial order quantities for new catalog launches.
  • Prepares purchase orders and approves orders up to $20,000. 
  • Performs bulk buy analysis to determine vendor’s future availability of items, re-negotiates for a better price on an item based on annual usage.
  • Evaluates back order, line fill and “to buy” reports to resolve line fill gaps.
  • Vendor Communications:
  • Responsible for maintaining relationships/communicating expectations etc. with vendors.
  • Participates (on as needed basis) in quarterly vendor review sessions. 
  • Works with Inventory Expeditors/Merchandising/Vendors to achieve timely resolutions to Quality Control issues. 
  • Prepares vendor forecasts
  • Enforces requirements outlined in Vendor Manual (i.e. timely submission of charge backs and vendor incidents, etc).
  • Plans for cyclical depletion of stock at the end of catalog programs so as to limit SPP and client liability.  
  • Identifies items that should be discontinued and communicates this to the Account Manager and Buyers.   Specifically responsible for liquidation efforts related to inactive discontinued inventory
  • Continuously improves personal use and knowledge of the Inventory Control system in order to respond to inquiries for inventory information regarding order/item status from internal customers in program management, sales and client services by looking up data in Inventory Control system.
  • Recognizes when models are not forecasting accurately in the system and notifies management with discoveries.   
  • Meets with Program Managers to discuss upcoming events, catalog updates, resolve issues, etc.
  • May participate in projects or serves on task forces upon request. 
  • Attends industry shows and conferences (on an as needed basis).
  • Participates in annual physical inventory count.
  • Updates Planner Community monthly notes regarding line fill variances.



  • Minimum two years of inventory planning or merchandising experience 



  •  Bachelor's degree
  • Proficient with MS Office software, especially Excel, Access, and Word. 
  • Good understanding of inventory forecasting methods
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong communication skills, both written & verbal
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Basic math aptitude
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong analytical skills

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.


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