Director of Planning

Job Locations US-UT-Ogden
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 5 days ago(7/18/2024 3:30 PM)
# of Openings
General Management


Amer Sports is a dynamic, global sports company offering passionate achievement-oriented professionals the chance to succeed and flourish in an international environment. Our globally recognized brands include Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Armada and Arc’teryx.  We are a company where ambitious, competent, and motivated people can make their mark. All our team members are ready to strive for the best of the company and to win together. Just like our customers, we are dedicated to an active lifestyle and sports.  Join us.

What You'll Do

We are seeking a Director of Planning. The Director of Planning will set the strategic and execution processes to service the NAM market, manage healthy inventory levels and balance supply chain costs.  Measures of success will include on-time in full, inventory within target, delivering the shipping forecast, demand/supply balanced withing network capacities and strong inbound accuracy + speed.  This individual lead a planning team comprise of Demand Planning and Planning Operations.  Linking in the (end to end) supply chain and collaborating with the brand, commercial, merchandising teams and customer service in market will be a critical aspect of this role.  Heighten command of the market and global supply chain functions will enable delivering the right product, to the right place at the right time.  Flying high and seeing the big picture: link all processes from order entry to delivery and driving process improvements to optimize sales productivity.


Details in “how” the work will get done:

  • Lead Planning managers and team members through all responsible activities and leadership development. Foster healthy team atmosphere, where accountability, growth, strategic thinking, and collaboration drive our actions. 
  • Drive the development of best in class planning capabilities from demand plan creation, through global supply/buying processes and concluding with on-time fulfillment of goods to B2B and DTC customers.
  • Analyze and challenge market forecast to provide a compromise between ambitions and stock risks. Partner heavily with Finance to establish market process that smoothly intersects with global processes.
  • Direct demand plan to open to buy and check / balances. Provide extra oversight on complex categories, develop oversight and processes to enable demand planning success. 
  • Lead the creation manage productivity targets and inventory objectives at the category level. Develop tools, models, and monthly collaboration sessions to drive business alignment and appropriate actions.
  • Drive forecasting consensus sessions, bringing inputs + recommended forecast position for review. Facilitate healthy collab across commercial, sales, marketing, finance.  Lead decision taking and consensus on a common demand plan + brand strategy.
  • Develop and lead sales order deadline booking processes and checkpoints.
  • Be key liaison and market representative with global demand and supply planning to ensure timing buys + voice into blind buys. Collaborate on capacity constraints and mitigations available, escalate as needed.  Represent the cadence of buys in the market and organize the market team to make timely buy decisions.
  • Inbound oversight and partnership with Amer Group transportation: reduce variability and smooth flow of goods into the market.
  • Develop Direct Ship capabilities for all categories and act as functional champion for capabilities. Elevate processes and results.
  • Lead and contribute to projects to drive continuous improvement and create leverage in the organization.

What We're Looking For

This role requires Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent relevant previous experience in planning role, preferably in a B2B & ecommerce environment.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Leadership: Provide transformational leadership, formulates strategies and concepts and drives execution.  Takes responsibility for actions, projects, and people
  • Exceptional Service Orientation:  Puts customers first, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to empathize with clients and team in sometimes intense situations.
  • Business development and analytics:  Identify business opportunities to maximize growth, business development and service improvement through analyzing service metrics
  • Patience and Tact: Skills to be utilized when dealing with difficult situations.
  • Managerial: Recognize your impact and lead by example in motivating, coaching and developing your team.  Demonstrate leadership by gaining and maintaining respect while engaging and motivating others.
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: Develops new ideas to improve customer service standards and elevate service levels to our customers.
  • Ability to Adapt: Can professionally deal with high pressure situations and able to change priorities/switch focus based on business demands.
  • Organizational and planning skills: Excels at developing policies and procedures to meet all unique needs of our customers and sales team.
  • Motivated and Professional: A commitment to continually improve your own customer service skills on an ongoing basis.

Required Education and Experience:


  • 10+ years of previous experience in a planning role, preferably in a B2B & ecommerce environment
  • 10+ years’ experience in leading, coaching, or training people and business leaders
  • Proven results reviewing, developing, and executing key business delivery strategies
  • Experience in building strong cross functional relationships
  • Experience in project management, change management and software implementations
  • Passion for sports or previous experience working or playing in a team environment preferred

What We’ll Provide


This role is based at the regional headquarters for our Amer Sports Winter & Outdoor category of Brands in the city of Ogden, Utah--the gateway to the many exciting ski areas and other outdoor recreation.  We offer a great working environment in the sports industry with talented & passionate colleagues all over the world!  Other benefits and perks include:  

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • 401k 
  • Life insurance, pre-tax transit benefit program
  • Discounts on Amer Sports products
  • Free gym membership and ski pass 
  • Summer hours

Amer Sports is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics.




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