At Polaris our DNA started with co-founders Edgar Hetteen, his younger brother Allan and his close friend David Johnson who had somewhere to be and no way to get there. 65 years later, you still see that drive, ingenuity, and pioneering spirit in everything we do.

Sr, Global Demand & Inventory Planner, PG&A

Location: Plymouth, Minnesota US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 5745

Requisition Number: R7721

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External Description: At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.


Partner globally to execute and achieve Global Sales, Inventory, & Operations Plan (SIOP). Lead development of highly accurate item and category demand forecasts for Global Parts, Garments and Accessories (PG&A). Utilize sales trend analysis from vehicle retail and wholesale, PG&A, and dealers to achieve accuracy of demand plans and inventory purchases. Supervise Purchasing Analyst. Goals are to maximize revenue, profit, customer fill-rate and inventory turnover.


Partner globally to drive and influence processes related to inventory management. Focus areas are to improve customer fill-rate, reduce excess and obsolete inventory, improve launch in stocks, and to reduce export costs. Develop and lead Purchasing Analyst to achieve category goals and to ensure successful supply chain execution Utilize inventory planning software (Logility) to develop highly accurate demand forecasts for new and ongoing items across complex product lines; utilize exception reporting to quickly react to outliers Leverage sales, marketing, product, vehicle, dealer and historic/market insight to maximize forecast accuracy Participate in annual budgeting and quarterly forecast processes by developing inventory budget that supports customer and efficiency Lead launch demand and inventory investment process from kick-off through sell-in Demonstrate fiscal discipline and risk-management techniques by proactively identifying, communicating and seizing opportunities to maximize fill-rate, turnover, and new product readiness/in stocks Provide monthly, quarterly and annual Inventory outlooks/forecasts via Open to Buy process Collaborate with multiple functions to lead monthly sales, inventory & operations planning (SIOP) process Clearly communicate demand & inventory recommendations to business partners during monthly SIOP meeting Demonstrate leadership by mentoring new hires and educating peers on best methods to improve performance Apply functional expertise to special project work to drive innovation and creativity to help the business evolve Participate in PG&A and vehicle product development meetings to build knowledge of product transitions and influence SKU rationalization process Identify and lead excess and obsolescence process; proactively identify sunset items and collaborate with cross functional teams to minimize the cost of nonproductive inventory Partner with key stakeholders to develop and apply best practices. Support efforts to develop Long Range Plans (LRP), assessing opportunities to grow sales and/or profitability. Influence the current business strategies through thought leadership and analysis


Bachelor's degree

5 years + Merchandise/Demand Planning experience. MBA is a plus.

1+ years of people management experience (i.e. intern management, mentorship, formal direct reports, etc.)

Proficient in Excel (pivot tables, vlookup), analytical (ad hoc), and PowerPoint skills; demonstrated understanding of how "tell the story" with data.

Experience partnering with cross-functional teams and global business units to bring product strategies to life, gain alignment on investments Global experience driving innovative strategies and developing business plans to drive long term growth, productivity, customer availability .

Natural leader, poised under pressure, able to re-prioritize as needed, results oriented, creative problem solver, strong critical thinker; connect the dots between business strategy and area of influence, like to win.

Ability to unlock opportunities from ideation through completion by assessing root cause, recommending corrective actions, gaining buy in and executing improvement activities to drive increased performance

Demonstrated track record of solving problems and improving processes across multiple teams

Exceptional organizational and strong communication skills

Ability to work effectively with a minimum level of supervision


Standard office environment Minimal travel to supplier, PII facilities, and dealer visits including remote outdoor locations

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2020 sales of $7.0 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

City: Plymouth

State: Minnesota

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