Entry-Level Planning Associate

Warren, NJ

Job Description:

The Opportunity:

Our Planning team is seeking a recent grad/entry-level Planning Associate to support the Planning Department create and execute internal supply and demand plans to meet inventory targets and maximize customer service levels. This is a hybrid position reporting to our Warren, NJ location and is a fantastic opportunity to build supply and demand planning skills. The Planning Associate will report directly to the Director of Planning, helping to manage day-to-day operational functions, run, analyze and distribute reports, as well as support the internal planning process for domestic and international businesses. Our ideal candidate is detail oriented, flexible, able to multi-task, and can work both independently and as part of a team. HGUSA’s Planning Associate is a fast learner, detail oriented and interested in a career in planning, logistics, sales or merchandising.


  • Assist in the development of item and location level supply plans based on current inventory, forecast, safety stock, and lead time requirements
  • Create and update vendor purchase orders to support replenishment and promotional demand
  • Execute expediting plans, update and cancel purchase orders based on weekly forecast changes and direction from management
  • Review forecast updates with Demand Planner(s) and execute supply planning actions
  • Work closely with Demand and Supply Planner(s) on forecasted sales to develop and actions strategies to drive sales
  • Communicate daily with Shanghai office & overseas agents on production priorities and factory issues
  • Communicate with local suppliers and manage domestic production schedules
  • Work closely with sales leads to provide updates on sales and inventory availability
  • Create work orders for domestic assembly, product reworks, and customer retail price ticketing
  • Run weekly back order reports and provide recommendations to maximize fill rates
  • Prepare customer Fill Rate Reports on a weekly basis and lead team discussion on risks and opportunities
  • Prepare margin analysis and obtain approvals from management.
  • Communicate with the merchandising team on any product updates/changes and manage product transitions
  • Track excess inventory to sell off slow moving inventory
  • Prepare Inventory Management reports as requested

Job Requirements:

Skills and Qualifying Experience:

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (pivot tables, v-lookup, etc.) required
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint) required
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively in a cross functional environment with other planners, customers, vendors, sales leads, merchandisers, and other personnel is required
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment is required
  • Must be comfortable learning new systems and adapting to new processes
  • Previous internship in Planning, Logistics, Customer Service, Sales and/or Retail/Wholesale/E-commerce (preferably in a Consumer Product Environment) is preferred
  • Working knowledge of MRP/DRP and inventory management systems is preferred
  • Consumer packaged goods background a plus
  • Efficient and organized, strong work ethic, energetic

*Please note - this is a hybrid opportunity with some days working in our Warren, NJ location and some days working remotely.