Supply Chain Planner/Buyer

Supply Chain Planner/Buyer

Exxel Outdoors - Boulder, CO


This position is responsible for efficiently managing the company’s inventory assets and all processes surrounding purchasing and analysis. This position involves analysis of various sources of data in order to create and track purchase orders, communicate with suppliers, schedule production, optimize stock turns, minimize excess inventories and out-of-stocks and provide internal users accurate analysis and reporting.


  •          Analyze inventory needs, demand, forecasts, sales history, market trends, and vendor lead times to place timely purchase orders within budget; ensuring appropriate inventory levels to meet sales demand for all items.
  •          Establish and maintain item level demand forecasts through collaboration, point of sale data, and historical and statistical analysis. Discover and understand demand patterns; utilize findings to improve inventory performance.
  •          Maintain visibility to disposition of shipments and monitor production; adjust POs in system as necessary. Expedite delivery where possible; communicate inventory risk to revenue targets.
  •          Prepare and conduct monthly Planning Review Meetings for company-wide audience; relay brand/category inventory performance information, present assortment rationalization analyses.
  •          Manage purchases around style life cycle to prevent potential excess/obsolete inventory; work with product teams for product life cycle visibility.
  •          Manage master item data, including SKU creation, lead times, UPCs, costing and other key attributes
  •          Maintain accurate line list including new product launches and coding of Excess and Obsolete items; publish updated reports and recommend and pursue appropriate disposition of inventory.
  •          Collaborate with sales, marketing, product managers, and leadership in executing go to market strategies.
  •          Regular and upon request inventory level reporting by Division, Label, Category, Location and status (obsolete/aged/current; domestic and direct import sales; item velocity).
  •          Communicate with Logistics, Asia Merchandise Managers, Finance, Product Development, Channel, Dealer Services, international and domestic suppliers, and Sales Operations
  •          Provide support and/or training to other staff members as required.
  •          Maintain company Master Cost Grids.
  •          Planning process documentation, project status management; lead and design continuous evolution of tools, processes, and reporting.
  •          Create ad-hoc custom reporting as required by the business.
  •          Other special projects as assigned.



  •          3 - 5+ years’ experience in retail/wholesale/manufacturing sector with a comprehensive understanding of supply chain planning activities, inventory management processes, measurements and best practices.
  •          Related work experience to include production/manufacturing planning, purchasing and forecasting.
  •          Firm understanding of key inventory performance metrics, turns, months of supply, excess and obsolete inventory, lead time planning, safety stock, margin contributions, etc.
  •          Firm understanding of demand management/forecasting tools, sales forecasting processes, marketing operations, finance, logistics, manufacturing and supply chain issues.
  •          Understanding of international production and sourcing practices.
  •          Comprehensive understanding of the “Open-to-Buy” and/or Budgeting process.
  •          Bachelor’s or higher degree (Supply Chain, Operations, Business or related field preferred).
  •          APICS certification is a plus


Ability to determine root cause and develop creative solutions.
Familiarity with accounting controls and budgeting, planning, and forecasting processes.
Strong analytical, organizational, and communications skills.
Strong computer skills with an emphasis on Excel, Access, and ERP systems. :

  •          Advanced user of Excel reports, pivot tables and analytics.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

This job description is an overview of the scope of responsibilities for this job and is not intended to be an inclusive list of job tasks and expectations. With the evolution of American Recreation Products, the responsibilities of this position may change. The job must be prepared to accept new responsibilities and transfer others.