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Demand Planner, Hunting/Shooting Accessories & Golf


Posted by Vista Outdoor on 09/23/2022

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Hunting/Shooting, Lifestyle, Outdoor

Job Categories: Ecommerce Management, Finance, Manufacturing, Merchandising, Operations

Company Type: Recreation

State: KS

City: Overland Park

Country: United States

Required Experience: 1 - 3 years

Job Type: Full Time


Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: No

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Vista Outdoor is the parent company of 41 renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products. We serve a broad and diverse range of consumers around the globe, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, backyard grillers, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, athletes, as well as law enforcement and military professionals.

Our Overland Park, KS location is seeking a Demand Planner to join our talented team within our Hunting/Shooting Accessories and Golf business unit.

In this role, you will be responsible for: Creating and communicating unit-forecasting; Applying business, technical, and analytical expertise, while utilizing Logility software to efficiently estimate demand for assigned forecast groups/products;   Collaborating with inventory planning, product/trade marketing, and sales to finalize the demand signals (Events, sku forecast, customer data feeds);  Facilitating financial planning sales plans utilizing software with collaboration from trade and sales;  Advising the group in support of business objectives by providing a fact-based perspective on trends, opportunities, risks and product performance.  In addition, this position will require research, monitoring, and communication between multiple departments ranging from finance, product marketing, trade marketing, sourcing, inventory management and sales management.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Utilize software to generate statistical unit demand forecasting for forecast group/sku level

  • Collaborate input from internal consensus participants (product/trade-marketing/sales)

  • Manage sku level forecasting by forecast group-location

Utilize software to establish inventory policies for assigned sku’s.

  • Responsible for achieving on-hand inventory goals through parameter settings and push/pull of inventory replenishment

  • Product life cycle management (beginning of life-end of life planning)

  • Manage product flow by month

  • Plan exit strategies and transition plan for excess inventory

Analyze and consolidate large volumes of data (shipments, point of sales, inventory, market share, promotional activity), develop a fact-based point of view, and communicate to management via presentations and reports.

Facilitate monthly inventory/replenishment reviews with buying staff to communicate trends and assumptions.  Assimilate information from collaborative input and provide recommendations for adjustments. 

Facilitate monthly/seasonal review of inventory policy and goals with Buying/Sourcing/Finance to develop corporate plans to support capacity plans.

Develop and maintain weekly sku level demand signals (promotions, customer forecasts) for new, active, discontinued products by utilizing statistical forecasting models, incorporating customer-supplied data, market intelligence or applying other techniques to define best methods to forecast customer demand.

Identify key opportunities and obstacles inherent to the forecasting process. 

Assist management in continuous improvement of the process. 

Support long range factory capacity planning processes by maintaining unit forecasts for 12-18 future months in software

End of Life sku planning- utilizing Life Cycle Planning and communication to liquidate and achieve set budget targets.

Assists with customer interaction to provide business overviews and supply-sales opportunities

Collaborate with Key Customers and Field Sales to gain outside market data

Build and communicate via reporting on inventory stock position issues, KPI tracking, new product launch/end of season, and additional reporting as necessary


  • Problem solver

  • Ability to articulate assumptions, methods, and results to peers and management, and to influence decision making

  • Strong math, analytical and conceptual skills

  • Strong computer skills-database and spreadsheet tools

  • Detail oriented and organized

  • Strong Effective Oral and Written Communication, with the ability to lead and facilitate consensus meetings

  • Assertive

  • Strong time management and organizational skills

  • Understands supply chain management practices (product development, sourcing, purchasing)

  • Accuracy and thoroughness

  • Ability to quickly learn, remain flexible and work in a rapidly changing environment

  • Excellent interpersonal skills are essential to effectively interact with all cross-functional teams, and levels of business

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor degree required, preferably in the content area of consumer goods, business or relevant field of study.

  • Two to four years consumer goods industry experience related to forecasting, business planning and/or product development or retail management experience desired. 

  • Strong computer knowledge. Must be experienced with Microsoft Office Suite including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Forecasting, database and reporting tools general purpose knowledge would be beneficial.

About Vista Outdoor

Vista Outdoor Inc. is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of outdoor recreation and shooting sports products. We are headquartered in Anoka, Minnesota and employ approximately 5,900 skilled workers worldwide. We have multiple manufacturing and distribution facilities across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Canada and Europe.

We operate through two reportable segments: Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products. Together, our segments serve the outdoor sports and recreation markets through a diverse portfolio of well-recognized brands that provide consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products.