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EY Retail Merchandising - Consumer - Senior Manager - Consulting- Location OPEN in Des Moines, Iowa

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

The opportunity

To achieve breakthrough performance in the Transformative Age, companies must confront new challenges head on. Changing consumer expectations, increased competition in the digital channel and disruptive business models have created unprecedented growth opportunities and raised customer demands of their technology landscape across the Retail sector. A modern and adaptive merchandising strategy and operation approach is a foundational component of any successful organization in the digital age.

This is a rapidly growing area within EY, so you will have plenty of opportunities to spread your wings and develop your skillset to keep up with the ever-growing demands of the digital landscape. Most of your time will be spent embedded with our clients' teams and we will look to you to provide our clients with a unique business perspective on how they must continue to innovate and remain competitive in this ever-changing industry.

Your key responsibilities

Using your experience and skills, our Merchandise Planning consultants identify, communicate and deliver pragmatic and innovative solutions to address retail opportunities through improvements in organization, process, and related tool utilization.

Skills and attributes for success

  • Working across the entire product lifecycle from product development to more effective inventory management

  • Identifying opportunities for process and/or improved use of system capabilities

  • Providing broad technical and functional knowledge of various key technology and business platforms

  • Teaming with colleagues, client professionals and third-party strategic alliances

  • Developing long-term relationships and networks both internally and externally

  • Interacting and communicating effectively with teammates, clients, stakeholders, and executives

  • Providing change management to help clients successfully realize sustainable benefits

To qualify for the role, you must have

  • Bachelor's degree and 10-15 years of professional experience

  • 5-7 years of prior Merchandise Planning & Allocation experience with a retailer, software provider or retail consulting experience

  • Extensive experience within a leadership role, and responsibilities delivering projects in supply chain management, with a focus toward core merchandising, promotional management, category management and merchandise financial planning as a business domain

  • A good understanding of value chain synchronization and supply chain reinvention

  • Passion for retail, for solving complex problems and for delivering measurable and sustainable results for retailers

  • Hands-on knowledge of SAP Retail and/or Blue Yonder Portfolio Merchandise Management, Blue Yonder Category Management Suite and/or BY Enterprise Planning

  • Experience with advanced planning tools, such as Blue Yonder/JDA, OM Partners, o9 and/or Kinaxis

  • Experience with SAP and/or Blue Yonder supply chain software with deep functional/domain expertise and hands-on experience in configurations, training, knowledge transfer, customer communications, and documentations

  • Led and managed, at a minimum, two to three full lifecycle supply chain implementations in large and complex environments.

  • Subject matter knowledge in the following supply chain areas:

  • Clustering

  • Assortment planning

  • Merchandise financial planning

  • Promotional planning

  • Space planning

  • Floor planning

  • Led and participated in:

  • Gathering business requirements

  • Analyzing and transforming application requirements

  • Performing fit-gap analysis

  • Leading functional design approval process

  • Interacting with the development team to test and deliver the solution

  • Assisting customers during UAT

  • Preparing and reviewing documentation

  • Flexibility and willingness to travel and a valid driver's license

Ideally, you'll also have

  • Degree emphasis in computer science, IT, computer engineering, MIS, or mathematics desired; master's degree in one of these areas preferred

  • Certifications and prior consulting experience

  • Working experience on-site and offshore delivery model environment

What we look for

We are interested in passionate leaders with a strong vision and a desire to stay on top of trends in Retail, digital and emerging technology. If you have a strong passion for helping retailers optimize and grow, this role is for you.

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What we offer

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, pension and 401(k) plans, and a wide range of paid time off options. Under our flexible vacation policy, you’ll decide how much vacation time you need based on your own personal circumstances. You’ll also be granted time off for designated EY Paid Holidays, Winter/Summer breaks, Personal/Family Care, and other leaves of absence when needed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.

  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.

  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.

  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

The exceptional EY experience. It’s yours to build.

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