Senior Director, Inventory Business Planner
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Job Summary

Occupation Business Development
Specialty Sales
Salary 160,000 – 175,000 yearly
Location Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, United States
Visa Sponsorship No

Job Description

Last Update: 1/11/24
HarperCollins Publishers has an exciting opportunityfor an experienced solutions drivenSenior Director, Inventory Business Plannerto join our operations team. In this role, you will lead the inventory supply/demand process and cycle time, including the development and maintenance of an efficient automated process required to make timely and accurate inventory decisions. You will be responsible for developing a single, integrated plan that includes supply chain and financial planning, and ensure that supply chain management decisions are aligned with business goals and strategies are effectively executed. The position will be based in the NY/NJ tri-state area and report to the Vice President of Inventory.

Leads and manages the automated monthly inventory cycle process, including print quantity, order timing and manufacturing location.
Leverages Anaplan system platform and other available tools to streamline the title-by-title inventory decision making process.
Oversees the hot title, reprint and price change process.
Participates with the VP, Inventory in developing the strategic vision of the organizationÆs inventory planning process (people, process, systems), and leads the execution of that strategy.
Oversees and drives cultural and organizational change to ensure that the entire company embraces the new end-to-end data-driven and proactive planning process.
Drives cross-functional alignment among company's various functions including Publishing, Production, Transportation and Logistics, Sales, Marketing, and Finance to ensure all functions are jointly optimizing inventory turn and margin performance.
Collaborates with Demand Planners, Sales, and Marketing to facilitate accurate demand forecasts, utilizing a combination of tools and market insights.
Collaborates with Supply Planners, Production, and Transportation and Logistics to facilitate end-to-end supply chain planning, including inventory, production, Transportation and Logistics, order fulfilment, and returns management to make more cost effective, streamlined, and efficient supply chain decisions.
Works closely with Finance to align financial budget and forecast with monthly demand and supply planning forecast.
Owns and publishes the monthly executive performance package. Drives alignment behind key performance metrics, targets and decisions.
Continuously evaluates and refines the monthly inventory process cycle to enhance its effectiveness.
Conducts regular data integrity analysis, validating accuracy of inputs, outputs and reporting.
Drives standardization for demand planning, supply planning, and executive reporting across different Business Units, including new acquisitions
Works with the VP, Inventory to build and mentor a high-performing inventory planning team, ensuring they have the necessary technical skills and knowledge, including using analytical models, scenario planning tools, and inventory planning software.


BachelorÆs degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration, Finance, or related field or equivalent educational and on the job training
10+ years of applied Supply Chain and/or Inventory Management experience
Solid leadership skills and exhibit creative thinking to be able to propose inventive solutions to solve business challenges
Capable of consultingwith resources from other disciplines and effective at working across multiple organizational boundaries
Ability to generate and facilitate positive change across the organization
Proficiency using various software tools including Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the preparation and delivery of Power Point presentations
Ability to work in a fast-paced, cooperative team environment
Able to balance conflicting priorities and still provide a clear direction and focus
Possesses strong leadership skills, which encourages teamwork and idea generation while remaining focused on results and process improvement
Ability to effectively work with all levels of management over a wide range of departments
Experience with Anaplan and JDE a plus
Book publishing experience a plus

HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books. When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job. ThatÆs why cover letters are strongly preferred .
The salary range for this position is $160,000-$175,000. We recognize that attracting the best talent is key to our strategy and success as a company. As a result, we aim for flexibility in structuring competitive compensation offers to ensure we are able to attract the best candidates. The quoted salary range represents our good faith estimate as to what our ideal candidates are likely to expect, and we tailor our offers within the range based on the selected candidate's experience, industry knowledge, technical and communication skills, and other factors that may prove relevant during the interview process.
Pay-for-performance is a key element in our strategy to attract, engage, and motivate talented people to do their best work. Accordingly, offers extended for this role will include an annual incentive opportunity expressed as a percentage of salary or a fixed amount. Similarly to salary, annual incentive opportunity targets are set based on a variety of factors including competitive market practice.
In addition to cash compensation, the company provides a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package, with a variety of physical health, retirement and savings, caregiving, emotional wellbeing, Transportation and Logistics, and other benefits, including "elective" benefits employees may select to best fit the needs and personal situations of our diverse workforce.
HarperCollins Publishers is an equal opportunity employer.
Job Locations US-NJ-Monmouth Junction | US-NJ-Monmouth Junction
Category Inventory
Additional Locations US-NJ-Monmouth Junction
Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. EEO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Vets