Global Planning Manager- Boot Group

Wolverine Worldwide
Rockford, MI, USA
Posted 2 days ago
Full time

General Function

At Wolverine, we exist to support the people who forge their own path; men and women who stop at nothing to build the future they want.

Born in Michigan, we’ve been building boots and gear for over 135 years to be every bit as tenacious and capable as the people who wear them. What started as a work boot that promised to give you 1000 miles of wear has evolved into a footwear and apparel brand that delivers on that promise every day, in every product. We provide guaranteed comfort and time-tested design in everything from steel toe work boots to premium leather boots handcrafted in the USA… we’re not good because we’re old – we’re old because we stayed good.

We do more than just make great products; we strive to provide a collaborative working environment, with creative minds and innovative thought processes, utilizing consumer insights and market research to stand out from the pack. With Project Bootstrap, we champion and support those in skilled trades careers through donations, marketing campaigns and ambassador programs.

The Global Demand Planning team owns and is accountable for the global alignment from all regions for asset management, demand planning, supply planning, and fiscal alignment.

Primary Duties

  • Brand Operations:Leads strategies with sales and demand planning to maximize product flow needs and line architecture; analyzes opportunities and risks that result in recommending key tradeoffs. Reconcile sales forecast and financial plans to ensure revenue targets are hit. Monitors the flow of inventory to support demand and sales plans and arranges fulfillment according to priorities and/or tactics.  Partners with regional partners, commercial partners, and other key brand leaders to maximize revenues of available inventories.
  • Global Process Alignment:Manage global operations process alignment through consistent communication of global planning process, tools and deadlines.   Manage seasonal and fiscal planning operations milestone calendar.
  • Standard process and tools:Develop, document and evolve standard brand operating procedures including product coding to support system generated reporting of brand Growth Model Consumer Territories.
  • SKU development and Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) analysis:Provide guidance to the global product team for seasonal development SKU efficiency based on improving productivity per SKU.  Monitor and provide recommendations for expected MOQ concerns (drop, consolidated buy, pre-buy materials, etc).
  • Factory Capacity and Production Management:Collaborates with GOG on short- and long-range production, receipt, and inventory forecasts by stock number, and fiscal period by factory. Manages monthly production priorities per factory in accordance with Global Brand Capacity strategies, regional demand, and market availability expectations.   Participate in, and drive consensus of demand and supply in monthly collaboration meetings with global planning leadership and GOG.   Leads and collaborates with commercialization and sourcing operations team to ensure production output will support largest weekly volumes.  Consistently monitor changes in production flow, anticipate results of these changes, and initiate appropriate adjustments when results negatively affect plans and commitments. Identify delivery issues and construct solutions.
  • Performs duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent work experience
  • Advanced Excel Capabilities
  • 10+ years’ experience in planning and/or merchandising
  • Demonstrates financially astute business management with the ability to impact financial outcomes
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Highly organized and self-motivated; able to juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, while still achieving agreed upon deadlines
  • Expert knowledge of inventory math, APICS certification a plus
  • Extensive understanding of product lifecycle planning
  • Strong financial acumen
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Understanding of supply chain/factory process
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • SAP experience preferred


Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

Wolverine Worldwide has a flexible, hybrid work schedule, with three days in office and two days remote.

Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).

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