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Forecasting Analyst

Rogers, AR
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description
Company Description

CREATIVITY IS OUR SUPERPOWER. It’s our heritage and it’s also our future. Because we don’t just make toys. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. Mattel is at its best when every member of our team feels respected, included, and heard—when everyone can show up as themselves and do their best work every day. We value and share an infinite range of ideas and voices that evolve and broaden our perspectives with a reach that extends into all our brands, partners, and suppliers.

Job Description

The Opportunity: 

Mattel is seeking a Forecast Analyst, Walmart Forecasting based in Arkansas Sales Office. This position will be instrumental in supporting both the Sales team and Walmart’s Inventory and Planning teams in the areas of forecasting, order fulfillment, shipping and inventory goals.  This role will report to the Manager, Walmart Forecasting.

What Your Impact Will Be: 

  • Partner with the Sales team to analyze sales trends to improve item level POS projections, inventory projections and order recommendations.
  • Determine appropriate model for evaluating item level forecasts and analysis, considering information such as total end consumer consumption forecasts, brand/product history, history of similar comparable brands/products, inventory levels and marketing programs.
  • Create sound POS projections based on criteria such as seasonality, planned promotions, distribution and price point.  Execute weekly Store Specific Orders with direction from sales around POS trend, weeks of supply, in-stocks and promotional plans
  • Improve forecast accuracy by measuring key metrics and different levels and sharing the data with cross functional teams, identifying root cause and implementing next action steps.  Routinely examine their own methodologies to find ways of improving predictive accuracy. 
  • Attend internal consensus meetings to present and share understanding of POS demand forecasts, provide key data findings to cross-functional S&OP teams to reach a consensus forecast on a month to month basis.
  • Actively lead and participate alongside Mattel sales team in key collaborative forecasting meetings with Walmart Planners and Inventory Analysts.  Present business findings and recommend action plan for the season. 
  • Standard reporting and ad hoc analysis as requested to support the Sales team, customer and other business needs
  • Partner closely with Customer Service & Logistics to ensure perfect PO’s & optimized fill rate
  • Own the item maintenance of existing items to ensure we're able to ship all orders as written
  • Responsible for Store level execution between store originated & fulfilled channels
  • Support Manager in .com execution against online fulfilled channel sales
  • Work closely with allocation planning and customer service to understand Mattel inventory available to write and fill against

What We’re Looking For: 

  • 2 years in retailer-facing role, inventory management or demand planning preferred (CPG experience a plus)
  • Proven analytical capability and attention to detail in identifying demand trends, seasonality, promotional impact and other demand factors.
  • Extensive experience in analyzing large data sets, blending data from a variety of sources, conducting own analysis and compiling into an effective actionable summarized report to facilitate decision making & strategic planning.
  • Preferred knowledge of demand forecasting tools and cross functional forecasting processes (JDA, SAP, Demantra, Anaplan etc.)
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills – ability to communicate effectively across all organization levels and all functional areas, ability to understand, assess and present viewpoints of others.
  • Sound business judgment – ability to interpret issues and recommend actions to best support Mattel and Walmart goals.
  • Power user in MS Excel required

Additional Information

What It’s Like to Work Here:

We are a purpose driven company aiming to empower the next generation to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. We live up to our purpose employing the following behaviors:

  • We collaborate: Being a part of Mattel means being part of one team with shared values and common goals. Every person counts and working closely together always brings better results. Partnership is our process and our collective capabilities is our superpower.
  • We innovate: At Mattel we always aim to find new and better ways to create innovative products and experiences. No matter where you work in the organization, you can always make a difference and have real impact. We welcome new ideas and value new initiatives that challenge conventional thinking.
  • We execute: We are a performance driven company. We strive for excellence and are focused on pursuing best in class outcomes. We believe in accountability and ownership and know that our people are at their best when they are empowered to create and deliver results.

Who We Are:

Mattel is a leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic brands, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, American Girl, Thomas & Friends, UNO and MEGA, as well as other popular intellectual properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and ecommerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential.

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Mattel is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer where we want you to bring your authentic self to work every day. We welcome all job seekers including minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those of all sexual orientations and gender identities.



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