Meijer Merchandising Business Analyst Trainee - Meijer Corporate (June/August 2019 Start) in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Meijer is currently seeking Business Analyst Trainees for its June and August 2019 training programs. This position is the entry point to a Buyer career path, and is accountable for inventory and product flow execution to meet the needs of the customer with the right product, in the right place, at the right time. The role is also responsible for providing analysis on assortment, pricing, and merchandising for category and line reviews. The Business Analyst also ensures the buying team achieves financial plan goals by optimizing inventory dollars and turns with a clear understanding of competitive forces and analysis.

Key Deliverables:

  • Collaborate with Buyer and provide analysis regarding: Advertising, Digital and Visual Strategy

  • Past, Current, and Future trend analysis

  • Assortment Planning / Merchandise Presentation Planning

  • Nielson / Market Share analysis

  • Vendor Collaboration to drive fill rates and on-time measures

  • Accountable for Demand Forecasting, Fulfillment and Allocation at the store/item level including:

  • Order Creation and Order Groups

  • Replenishment method

  • Inventory deployment strategy within OTB (receipt and inventory plans)

  • Shelf presentation

  • Identify and resolve product flow issues including competitive response, Remedy, and SAQ

  • Manage Product Lifecycles

  • New Item forecasts

  • Promotional Flow Strategies and Execution

  • End of Life Recommendation / Analysis

  • Identify and resolve issues and concerns that may have significant impact on the business or interrupt product flow while responding to competitive market or store issues appropriately - Including SAQ and remedy resolution.

  • Accountable for creating orders fitting within the receipt plan, communicate variances, dated product mitigation, and ensure inventory turn goals are met.

  • Responsible for creating and communicating promotional reports, including: Ad Variance report, promotional ROI, Ad effectiveness review, competitive Ad comparison, and Neilson reporting and analysis

  • Coordinates and executes product returns & product recalls at the distribution facility using established process and guidelines.

  • Create Ad-hoc business review.

  • Responsible to work with Core Teams and vendors to Recommend/analyze Category Reviews, Analyze and build Planograms including final proof and template assortment by store

  • Conducts store and competitive visits identifying category gaps/planogram issues/resolution and vendor gaps

  • Responsible to work with Vendors on Inventory Productivity, Forecasts and Timelines, Claims and Recalls.

This job profile is not meant to be all inclusive of the responsibilities of this position; may perform other duties as assigned or required.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree required.

  • 1 year of previous merchandising and/or retail experience preferred.

  • Ability to gather and interpret data for various reports, as appropriate.

  • Knowledge of the retail industry – ability to analyze and understand specific category product lines as well as segmented customer behavior.

  • Results focused; uses performance targets and goals to drive own activities as well as help team succeed.

  • Ability to drive positive change within the team.

  • Office computer skills; ability to learn company systems and tools.