Retail Link Analyst

The Retail Link Analyst will provide analytical insight into our categories, adding perspective and value to business planning. This position will not only run Retail Link reports, but also interpret data, react to current issues as well as delve into root cause solutions in a proactive manner. The individual in this role must be creative and resourceful with a strong understanding of the Wal-Mart systems and respect for the Wal-Mart culture. The analyst will be working with up to 5 replenishment managers, across departments. This position is heavily focused on store detail reporting and analytics.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
o Closely monitor in stock and inventory levels. Review all items each week and report necessary plan of action to Replenishment, Sales and Forecasting. Follow up to ensure required changes are implemented.
o Monitor forecasts weekly on a 20% exception basis using Retail Link ad hoc, cpfr and DRA information reporting. Work directly with Wal-Mart Replenishment Manager and internal forecasting team to ensure sufficient flow of domestic and import goods
o Track shipment information for all purchase orders related to both everyday replenished items and promotional programs to ensure full MABD compliance
o Conduct full promotional analysis to measure feature program effectiveness including goal tracking, summary reporting and COE
o Ensure all promotional distribution is aligned with targeted and optimal sell thru
o Identify peak trends by item and fine line to provide recommendations to Replenishment for system settings and/ or adjustments
o Take the lead on category/modular reviews by preparing all "call out" data related to item store count, rate of sale, space to sales analysis and relevant market basket data
o Manage item creation and maintenance in GDSN inclusive of verification of accuracy and new item trait tracking
o Initiate weekly calls and quarterly meetings with the Replenishment Supervisor and/or Financial Planner
o Distribute numerous weekly sales reports and conduct various miscellaneous analysis based on need and upon supervisor request
Requirements for Position:
o Minimum of 4 years extensive Retail Link Analyst /Wal-Mart Replenishment experience
o Advanced working knowledge of all Wal-Mart systems and corporate culture
o Advanced Microsoft Office skills: Excel, Word, Power Point
o Strong analytical and summary skills a must
o Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to effectively communicate information
o Ability to quickly react to changing priorities and requirements
o Ability to work in a team environment but also independently with little supervision
o Excellent decision making skills, persistent-tenacity to find answers, strong follow up skills and ability to work under pressure with a sense of urgency
o Multi-Tasking skills are a must


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