Business Planner - UK, BLX, IE and Nordics

Brooks Running, UK, Steyning

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Who We Are:
Brooks is a team of passionate people united by a desire to do meaningful work, lead healthy lives and make a difference. We share a focused mission: to inspire everyone to run and be active. That’s it. No distractions—it’s all about the run. Through science, creativity, service, authenticity and connection, we obsess over delivering the best running gear on the planet. We do it our way, with our unique spirit, with a goal of being more relevant to runners than any other brand, day after day and mile after mile. We are determined to innovate, challenging ourselves to lead thought at every turn. Inside these walls and on the roads, tracks and trails, we live and breathe Run Happy, celebrating the positive impact running has on our lives and others. We inject it into all we do because it makes everything better, smarter, more fun and more memorable. Our company culture defines us, bonds us together and creates the conditions for success. It is lived daily as a behavioral expression of our collective set of brand values: Connect with People, Innovate for our Customer, Compete as a Team, Build Trust, Have Fun & Bring Passion, and Be Active. If you’re on our team, it means you’re part of creating something extraordinary. You’re part of Brooks.

Your Job:
The Business Planneris responsible for the business and product planning covering Benelux, UK and Ireland regions. Working closely with theTerritory Manager, you will support the business revenue needs in alignment with the Territory strategy. Additionally, the Business Planner will work cross functionally to accommodate the seamless delivery of the Territory revenue plan. This pivotal role requires attention to detail and a tenacity to deliver under pressure. As a major stakeholder within the business, you will be required to vocalise and provide business insights to the wider team.

We are based in Steyning UK, for this role we are open to remote work with frequent travel to the office.

Business Planning: Benelux, UK, Ireland and Nordics

  • Be an expert in consumer and market understanding (cultural drivers, market trends, competitive landscape and retail evolutions).
  • Interface between sales, customer service, product and marketing.
  • Work closely with the Sales team to obtain forecasts based upon respective territory plans.
  • Responsible for collating and maintaining the UK/IE & Benelux footwear, apparel and bra seasonal demand planning
  • Create seasonal territory palns for sales reps and Key Account manager/s
  • Provide EMEA Operations team with an accurate demand planning based on the territory planning and analysis.
  • Work with BI team to ensure that the correct Line Plan is used for the territory plan
  • Set territory plan delivery dates and collate the findings in order to present to Sales andTerritory Manager.
  • Update and deliver the weekly 445 report with market commentary; paying particular attention to the period by period targets.
  • Coordinate weekly review sessions with sales, customer service supervisor and accounts receivable to ensure accurate and timely shipment of product within the period
  • Coordinate with sales and customer service to ensure that any changes/cancellations are executed in a timely manner, thereby ensuring a clean and accurate backlog
  • Provide daily revenue dashboards to the Territory Manager and key stakeholders.
  • Generate regular and ad-hoc business reports for all UK and Benelux teams.
  • Liaise and orchestrateseasonal close out plan with TK Maxx/Ponders and responsible sales rep.
  • To facilitate and implement the close out strategy in conjunction with the Regional Sales Manager.
  • Assist in production of pricelists for the UK, Ireland, Nordics and Benelux. 
  • Maintains current awareness of competitors, competitive product lines and programs.
  • Work with Key Account Manager on weekly sell-through data to analyze any trends and propose changes to the account order book.

Consumer and market insights

  • Provide feedback in close relation with sales to product engine to support what runners want and need for the specific region.
  • Analyse brand performance, brand competitiveness, and product trends in the marketplace in order to make informed business decisions.

Your Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Sales, Business Management, Marketing or related field.
  • Ability to analyse and understand a retailer’s PNL including strong understanding of retail planning cycle.
  • Strong leadership, organizational and motivational skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Advanced skills in Excel
  • General computer proficiency with intermediate to advanced skills in Office products – Word, PowerPoint.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that inspire and build trust resulting in effective working relationships across the company and externally.
  • Ability to anticipate how a decision made can affect our customers, our partners, our products or other departments’ operations and/or morale; “connecting the dots.”
  • Passionate participation in Brooks’ sports activities a plus, overridden by the ability to understand and empathize with the runner in order to develop loyal engaging relationships with our customers and the Brooks’ community.
  • Unwavering demonstration of Brooks’ corporate values: Serve People, Lead Thought, Compete as a Team, Have Integrity, Be Active, Have Fun!
  • Travel as required.
Reports to: Territory Manager North
Contract Type: Permanent, full time
Position Location: Remote UK/Steyning UK

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At Brooks, we celebrate diversity & equity. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment, and encourage people of all backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and skills to apply. Brooks is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, the presence of a sensory, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military status, marital status, pregnancy or child birth, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, political ideology, or any other non-merit based factors. 

About Brooks Running

About us Brooks Running makes men's and women's high-performance running shoes, apparel, and accessories that meet the needs of runners of all levels. Entirely focused on the run, Brooks is dedicated to inspiring people to run and be active. Brooks creates innovative equipment that keeps you running longer, farther and faster—and with more enjoyment of the run.

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