Global Category Planner
Company: Sonos Inc
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: January 17, 2020
Department: Business Operations
Location: Santa Barbara
Req#: 5672 Sonos is a fast growing global enterprise and an
established brand that combines innovation with lifestyle,
with huge momentum on its journey to a simple, but far reaching
vision to fill every home with music.
In line with this ambition and the resulting growth plans, there is
a continuous need for Sonos to invest in its organization across
the globe, thus growing the level of professionalism, talent and
experience within the Company.
At Sonos, the Global Operations team is responsible for all global
Supply Chain, Customer Service and Business Operations activities
required to serve to its global sales channels and end user
customers within best in class product delivery and after sales
service levels and against lowest possible levels of cost and
Within Global Operations, the Global Planning team has
responsibility for the End to End balancing of Consumer and Channel
Partner Demand with Supply. This includes the responsibility to
secure product availability against agreed Service Levels, through
the careful management of Product Supply plans, as well as through
the maintenance of overall Sonos and Sales Channel Inventory levels
against agreed business targets. This position also includes
responsibility for coordinating new product launch activities, end
of life production plans and channel transitions.
Aligned to its vision to listen better and its culture of
continuous innovation, Sonos is investing significantly in the
expansion of its product portfolio. This results in a continuous
flow of new product introductions as well as product refresh,
upgrade and transition projects. The need to manage these projects
effectively and efficiently adds significant responsibility and
complexity to the activities of the Global Planning team.
Working closely with Sales, Product Marketing, Product Management,
Customer Services and the Supply Chain Operations team, the Global
Category Planner is the central point of coordination for the end
to end planning of Demand, Supply and Inventory for a specific
product category of the Sonos product portfolio.
More than a candidate that checks every box, we re looking for
people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Sonos no matter
their background or how they identify. If that s you, we hope you
ll apply for this role.
You want to be part of a team.
You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look
forward to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals. You
assume everyone s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and
embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help.
Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively
contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.
You enjoy a challenge.
Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity.
You re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn
from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the
future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over
You love to listen.
You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to
understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You re
passionate about culture and know the power that music, film,
podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.
What You ll Do
* Working closely with Product Marketing, Sales and the Supply
Chain teams, the Global Category Planner is responsible to develop
and maintain end to end product plans across the product lifecycles
of his/her product category, containing long term sourcing and
production capacity requirements, inventory and sales
* Working closely together with the Regional Demand Planners as
well as the Supply Planning team, the Category Planner actively
supports the weekly & monthly Supply & Demand Balancing cycle and
translation of Sales Forecasts into clear supply plans, material
sourcing plans, inventory projections, product availability service
levels and allocations, for his/her product category.
* The Category Planner has responsibility for managing the
alignment of Demand and Supply, including projected finished goods
inventory, and all analytics and reporting relevant to their
product category in the Anaplan system.
* As member of the Integrated Business Planning organization and
Global Planning team, the Global Category Planner
* Conducts various analysis both on own initiative and on request
from the wider Global Operations organization to support decision
making around product category related topics.
* Takes a leadership role in the development and implementation of
a best in class planning infrastructure of business processes,
operating practices and tools.
* Generates relevant business scenarios and risk mitigation plans
for their assigned product category, and presents recommended
supply/demand action plans to drive the monthly Sales & Operations
Planning Decision cycle.
* Working in concert with the product development program teams,
the Global Category Planner is responsible for managing the
transition of New Products from the ramp phase to launch execution
and sustaining mode.
* The Global Category Planner orchestrates End of Life planning
activities, including EOP allocation setting, facilitating EOP
decision process, EOP planning, managing inventory transition plans
of both Components and Finished Good products across the Sonos
Supply Chain and the global Sonos Sales channels.
Skills You ll Need
* BSc degree in Business Management, Statistics, Logistics or
* 5 7 years of experience in a complex Global Product Management,
Business Operations Planning or Supply Chain Operations
environment, in the High Tech, Consumer Electronics or Luxury
Consumer Goods sector.
* Solid experience to conduct complex analysis and turn large data
sets into meaningful business information .
* Experience in business process improvement projects as well as
program and project management.
* Experienced in - as well as flexible to - working across regions,
cultures and time zones. Intelligent and ambitious personality with
attention to detail and excellent analytic skills.
* Devoted customer oriented attitude.
* Excellent team worker and communicator.
* Ability to turn complexity into simplicity.
* Stress resistant, independent and self starter.
* Advanced skills Microsoft Excel, Access and proficient in, Word,
PowerPoint, Share Point; experience with Business Intelligence
tools and ERP / Databases preferred. Anaplan experience
More About Sonos
Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom
wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people
listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want,
where they want, how they want.
Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new
technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our
software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while
participating in a culture that values respect, transparency,
collaboration, and ownership.
Together we re working to positively impact the world and inspire
everyone to listen better because listening brings people together,
builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.
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