Senior Director - Operational Planning and Inventory Control

Supply Chain/Fulfillment
K9600042 Requisition #


Position is responsible for overseeing a centralized group within the Book Fair division of Scholastic, responsible for supporting field operations in areas related to Inventory Control, Labor Forecasting and Production Planning. Also responsible for directing activities regarding Asset Management, Purchasing Administration and Operational Reporting. Purpose is to help ensure high quality, efficient operations throughout the field network via optimal planning of resources and providing clear direction. Responsibilities also include support of company’s strategic initiative to optimize the current supply chain network.

Position is also responsible for serving the Book Fair business unit as Operational partner, acting as liaison between Operations and other groups (Sales, Product, Merchandising, New Business Development, and more). Purpose is to create understanding of business demands on operations to effectively implement new ideas and initiatives, resulting in win-win scenarios.





Inventory Control

  1. Through field Inventory Control Supervisor team, responsible for all activities related to inventory control within Book Fair warehouses, including: receiving, put away, replenishment, transfers, cycle counting, adjustments and variance research. Each branch location has dotted line reporting to Inventory Control Supervisors.
  2. Responsible for all Inventory control training and direction to warehouse inventory personnel and Branch Managers.
  3. Responsible for development, implementation, maintenance and optimization of Manhattan Associate’s warehouse management system (WMS). Team acts as the subject matter experts for this software application.
  4. Responsible for coordination of inventory “tasks” such as price sticker application, destroy tracking, merchandising changes.
  5. Responsible for coordination of inbound inventory receiving timing through vendor / cross dock partner management.
  6. Responsible for hitting company targets in regards to inventory control: bulk inventory accuracy, timeliness of receipts and transfers, cycle count accuracy, etc.


Labor Forecasting & Production Planning

  1. Provide labor and production forecasts for field operations to drive hiring levels and to promote quality and efficiency.
  2. Production planners are responsible for forecasting labor for each branch in pre-season and then adjusting weekly to reflect changes in expected volume and other considerations.
  3. Create, maintain and provide training materials to field operations leaders for effective use of labor forecasts and daily production planning tools (production waving, employee scheduling).


Asset Management

    1. Responsible for managing non-inventory assets such as book cases and POS devices including forecasting of asset usage and matching with supply. Will enact transfers / purchases to cover expected demand.
    2. Responsible for ensuring POS devices have all software updates and working peripherals by tracking units and ensuring training materials in place and communicated effectively.


Network Optimization

  1. Support strategic project to optimize supply chain network by reducing the number of distribution centers and changing the local delivery model.
  2. For each facility move, responsible for critical path activities related to area of responsibility: inventory prep, inventory movement, asset procurement, and labor planning. Ensure timely completion and adherence to project budget.
  3. Labor planning will consist of development of forecast of necessary labor to conduct activities in new or expanded facilities. Forecast will be used to set hiring / recruiting strategy and to ensure efficiency expectations are achieved.


Operational Reporting & Dash Boarding

  1. Working with Data & Analysis team, ensure all operational reporting is delivered timely and accurately. Liaise with group to solve issues / roll out new solutions.
  2. Work with Field Operations and other leaders to understand gaps in data availability and create plan to satisfy.
  3. Develop a long term plan to leverage existing / future technologies to provide improved dash boarding of metrics. Make more user friendly for management and field personnel to improve access and utilization of reports, and ultimately, performance.


Operational Business Partner

  1. Serve as Operations partner with Sales, Product, Merchandising and other groups, understanding their goals and operational expectations to effectively implement new ideas and initiatives.
  2. Leverage relationships to make new initiatives optimal for Operations as well as for overall business. Work with each group to help understand changes they want to implement and ensuring processes are designed to execute optimally.
  3. Provide new process information to the field and ensure implementation.


Job Requirements

  1. BA/BS Management, Business, Engineering, or Operations related curriculum preferred.
  2. Minimum of 7 years of management or professional staff experience in operations or Inventory Control for a manufacturing or distribution company.
  3. Minimum of 4 years’ experience in managing complex, high profile projects. Preferably projects that cross departmental boundaries.
  4. Minimum of 3 years’ experience in inventory management.  
  5. Experience in budgeting and cost control.
  6. Experience in supporting multi-location manufacturing or distribution centers a plus.
  7. Must be flexible to travel up to 30%.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  9. Organization skills with the ability to manage numerous tasks and projects simultaneously.
  10. Goal oriented and focused with strong creative thinking skills.
  11. Ability to influence change positively and effectively.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Scholastic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our policy is clear: there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran.

Those factors shall not influence the determination of qualifications for a job or other opportunity within the company. Further, all personnel actions (such as compensation, tuition aid, benefits, transfers, promotions, and dismissals, company-sponsored training, social and recreational programs) shall be administered without discrimination.

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