AF25575 - Inventory Planner (x2) - Future Opportunity | Fashion & Sports | Dubai

Department: Fashion
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 19-Feb-2017

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Al-Futtaim employs in excess of 44,000 people, operates through more than 200 companies and represents more than 225 international brands across industries as diverse as retail and wholesale trading, distribution, real estate development, leisure and hospitality, insurance and financial services. The group has significantly expanded its business operations in recent years through a strategic acquisition plan and has entered a number of new territories, increasing its footprint beyond the GCC and Greater Middle East to encompass Africa, South East and North Asia, Australasia, East Africa and Europe.

Entrepreneurship and rigorous customer focus has enabled Al-Futtaim to grow its business by responding to the changing needs of the customers and societies in which it operates. Al-Futtaim is committed to offering customers an unrivalled choice of the world’s best brands with exceptional standards of customer service and after sales support.

Structured into four operational divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, Al-Futtaim maintains a decentralised approach, giving individual businesses flexibility and versatility to maintain a competitive stance. This benefits employees, providing a clearly defined work culture where individuals are empowered with authority and responsibility for their work.

The success of Al-Futtaim is attributed to proactively managing change whilst upholding the values of integrity, service and social responsibility. The majority of businesses, built on a portfolio of world leading brands, dominate their sector.


The foundation of Al-Futtaim’s retail network was established in the early 1990s with the launch of the internationally renowned and popular IKEA, Marks & Spencer, Toys R Us and ACE franchises in the UAE.

Representing some of the world’s most popular international brands, Al-Futtaim’s retail network extends throughout the UAE, GCC and North Africa and has a significant presence in Singapore and Malaysia following the acquisition of The Robinson Group in 2008.

In 2012, Al-Futtaim acquired a shareholding in Royal Sporting House, which is active in distribution, direct retail stores and shop-in-shops. The Singapore-based fashion, sports and lifestyle retail giant has 600 stores and many additional points of sale are spread around the world with over 399 in South East Asia, over 74 in the Middle East and over 126 in the South Pacific region.

  • 837 stores in 18 countries
  • Occupies 5.6 million sq. ft. of retail space
  • 13,000 employees
  • Serves 30 million customers each year
Job Purpose:

You will be primarily responsible for the day to day planning execution within the Fashion and Lifestyle Division for Fashion and Sports.

You will support the Planning for Fashion and Sports to execute these strategies to ensure adherence to budgeted Availability, Forward cover, stock turn, Inventory value and aged stock through defined processes.

About the Job:

Inventory Planning:

  • Support the Planning Manager to ensure physical product movements are moved accurately according to the ‘promotional template
  • Support the Planning Manager in the category assortment planning and space management plans via the implementation of planograms
  • Regular monitoring of Open To Buy values by category and provide inputs to the buying team around deviations
  •  The JH will control and maintain the end to end OTB process

Forecasting & Replenishment

  • Assist the Planning Manager to optimise forward cover, stock turn, inventory value and aged stock value per business objectives
  • Recommend quantity details to the buying team regularly to ensure compliance to budgeted inventory values and provide key vendor forecasts to ensure high stock availability
  • Support the Planning manager to monitor and improve Vendor Performance
  • Support Demand Planning manager in strategic enhancement and implementation of all demand planning and supply chain processes, taking the initiative

To drive the allocation processes  of product

  • The JH will support the Planning Manager to drive and maintain the product allocation processes during
  • a. Promotional Periods
  • b. Seasonal promotional periods eg XMAS, DSF, DSS
  • c. When a new SKU is introduced into the company
  • Promotional and seasonal events to be made successful, in terms of stock provisions
  • Inventory at stores and DCs must be within stipulated levels

 SAP Inventory Management & Maintenance & SOPs

  • Ensure that SAP is maintained and operating effectively and efficiently from an inventory point of view
  • Ensure replenishment parameters, lead times. regularly conform to business levels
  • Maintain min & max stock level at stores as defined by business
  • Understand gaps in the existing inventory control process & take corrective action to address these gaps in a timely manor
  • Assist the inventory Manager with the development and enforcement of robust inventory/ stock policies, procedures (SOPs) and ensure that the replenishment system in SAP is operating efficiently.

Innovation & Stakeholder Management:

  • Provide periodic updates to the relevant stakeholders and conduct recurrent stakeholder meetings to ensure effective relationship and align with their expectation
  • Identify the areas of opportunities and improve operational efficiency

About You:

Job-Specific Skills:

  • Forecasting and planning experience
  • Some experience in negotiation
  • Understanding of Supply Chain Logistics Operations in multi-country environment; GCC experience preferred
  • Change Management,
  • Expertise evaluating contractual terms and developing contracts
  • Advanced analytical skills,
  • Excellent English  communication skills (strong presentation skills) (Arabic a bonus) 
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Proactive and ability to work under pressure

Behavioural Competencies :

  • Self-starter, ability to work independently
  • Ability to influence senior management
  • Strong negotiations skills,
  • Attention to detail
  • Conflict resolution
Note: you will be required to attach the following: 1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph
Al-Futtaim offers highly engaging and supportive work environments in a culture that values, recognises and rewards quality performance.