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VP, Planning - North America

121404 Baltimore, Maryland
03/29/2019 Wholesale
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Under Armour is all about performance. Because what we make empowers athletes in every form to push themselves, to turn good into great, and to stay hungry for whatever comes next. And this is exactly what we expect from each other.

Working with us means one key thing: no matter what you do, you see every day and every project as a chance to push your field forward. In every store and every office, we build teams where everyone is an MVP. And together we tackle every challenge head on. Because we work to push the gear, the game, and ourselves farther.

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Under Armour is the chosen brand of this generation of athletes... and the athletes of tomorrow. We're about performance - in training and on game day, in blistering heat and bitter cold. Whatever the conditions, whatever the sport, Under Armour delivers the advantage athletes have come to demand.
That demand has created an environment of growth. An environment where building a great team is vital. An environment where doing whatever it takes is the baseline and going above and beyond to protect the Brand is commonplace.
The world's hungriest athletes live by a code, a pledge to themselves and everyone else: Protect This House... I Will.  Our goal is to Build A Great Team!  Will YOU…Protect This House?!

Under Armour is looking for a Vice President of Planning - North America. This is a hands-on leadership position responsible for developing and executing dynamic operational plans that will enable the North America region to meet its sales and service objectives while balancing responsible inventory management. 

Essential Duties & Capabilities:

  • Design & optimize the interdependent work processes of Wholesale & DTC Planning, In-Season Analytics, Demand Planning and Inventory Management to drive Go-to-Market strategies and Financial objectives within the Region. 
    • In partnership with Global Planning, drive consistent, scalable Sales Planning methodologies tailored to the business needs of nuanced sub-channels within Wholesale & DTC. 
      • Partner with Pods (Sales, Merch & Finance) to develop retail sales & receipt targets that optimize sales, margin & turn for each channel / account.
      • Monitor and report relationship between financial targets and sales plans at monthly Channel Reviews.  Drive action to close gaps as they are identified.
      • Leverage Merchandising to gain strong command of seasonal product strategies, big stories, distribution segmentation, etc.
      • Build and maintain bottoms-up account group / article level plans for DTC & Wholesale.  Support Sales in compelling sell-in process to convert plans to bookings in Wholesale.
      • Reconcile sales plans to customer bookings and selling trends. Report liabilities and gains to plan on an on-going basis.
      • Analyze, evaluate & share retail selling performance to drive short-term & long-term action plans among the Pods.

  • Strengthen connection points between UA Category Management and North America Planning. Actively participate in the Consensus process to align and streamline Under Amour’s Go-to-Market strategy.
  • Contribute to the facilitation of a robust North America S&OP process that fosters data driven decision-making. Provide guidance and strategic direction to minimize business exposure yet maintain flexibility to maximize future opportunities.
  • Vet demand plans against inventory levels.  Help define rules for inventory management and liquidation.  Set guidelines for in-season inventory management (markdowns, returns, etc.).
  • Strengthen connection points between Planning & Finance throughout the process to ensure appropriate levels of inventory are procured to drive stated revenue targets.

  • Sustain a fast-paced, fact-based, accountability driven culture. 
    • Deep knowledge of end-to-end supply chain.  Foster an environment of operational excellence and drive our supply chain to being predictive. 
    • Mastery of planning systems.  Actively drive vision towards the automation and integration of planning tools.
    • Proven track record in driving successful inventory/working capital strategies, lead-time responsiveness and customer service levels.

  • Demonstrate excellence in Leadership.
    • Direct accountability and leadership of the DTC Planning  Wholesale Planning, Demand Planning, In-Season Planning, Auto-Replenishment Planning and Inventory Management teams.
    • Ability to work at both strategic and executional levels and to build organizational capability to sustain results through dynamic market conditions.
    • Ability to operate with confidence and conviction to effectively engage with, challenge, and work with other senior leaders.
    • Ability to develop & engage diverse talent across multiple geographies.
    • Strong financial acumen.


Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Business acumen critical for us to grow to $10B+
  • Proven track record of building businesses and teams
  • Proven Supply chain capability
  • Ability to build cross functional relationships
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to recruit, teach, develop a team
  • Experience with $5B – 10B+ businesses
  • Entrepreneurial spirit/confidence/decisiveness with discipline/appreciation for process improvement 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Mathematics or related area from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in Planning, Retail, Operations, and Finance functions
  • Proven success in building and leading diverse teams
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Dedication to customer service and fulfillment
  • Demonstrated effective project management skills and experience

At Under Armour, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Under Armour believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. 

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