Office Depot Manager, Sr. Sales & Operations Planning in Boca Raton, Florida


The Sr. Manager, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is accountable for recommending the sales and operating plan (which includes sales, margin, and inventory) for corresponding Merchant category. Manages open-to-buy for those categories. The objective of this position is to provide the rigorous analytical, forecasting, and financial inputs to drive informed merchandising decision-making towards achievement of financial targets, including post-mortem analyses on assortment, promotions, and other initiatives. Collaborates closely with corresponding Merchant (SCM/CM) to determine category merchandising decisions (assortment, promotions, etc.) that optimize financial outcomes for assigned categories. May manage a team of Planning Analysts that perform supporting analyses, depending on size and complexity of category. Accountable for measuring and developing talent and ensuring successful operation of teams.

  • Recommends sales and operating plan (which includes sales, margin, and inventory) and open-to-buy budget for relevant set of categories; decision made by Planning Director

  • Reviews and tracks weekly financial performance and adherence to open-to-buy for relevant categories; generates financial performance forecasts and identifies performance risks

  • Collaborates closely with Merchants to manage financial performance risk within relevant categories:

  • Anticipates where performance will fall short of targets

  • Provides input on financial and operational tradeoffs of various merchandising decisions

  • Makes recommendation on SKU-level basis on decisions related to SKU additions, promotional activities, and end of life

  • Analyzes historical data to estimate financial impact of assortment decisions and inform pricing, promotion, and other category features

  • Performs post-mortems on assortments, promotions, and other initiatives against key sales, margin, and inventory metrics; incorporate and communicate learnings to Merchants for assortment, promotions, and purchasing decisions

  • Perform ad-hoc analyses to support strategic Merchant initiatives

  • If relevant (depending on size and complexity of category), manages team of Analysts that assists in supporting analyses and forecasts

  • Collaborate with appropriate planning reps at key vendors to create mutually agreed upon purchasing plans

  • Contribute to continuous improvement of Planning processes to ensure ongoing effectiveness and efficiency, (i.e. recommend process and system improvements to drive at shedding transactional/ lower value work through the better use of tools and systems.)

  • Actively coach, develop and provide performance feedback/actions to analysts, associates and support staff. Drives talent development strategies including Succession Planning, Talent Gap Analysis, and career development processes

  • The development of strategies with the Merchant to improve retail turns within category while protecting margin


  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience in Supply Chain Management, Business Management or Finance

  • Minimum 7 years experience in related field; Planning, finance, inventory management, purchasing, merchandising. Previous managerial experience in Planning preferred

Other Information:

  • Aptitude to learn technical applications quickly

  • Ability to anticipate risks and identify contingency plans and processes to prevent disruptions when risks occur

  • Ability to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions

  • Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable information to drive results

  • Proficiency in retail math

  • Ability to create and articulate creative and competitive strategies

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with other groups to influence and drive decision-making and action

  • Experience with JDA, Optumera, Oracle, or any other forecasting package (preferred)

  • Proficiency in MS Excel, Access & Word (required)

  • Relationship builder, passionate about business, knowledge seeker, consequential thinker, flexible, adaptive, detail oriented, leader, proactive, focus with end in mind, conflict resolution, problem solver, and team player

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with SCLT, across all business channels and Executives

Pay, Benefits and Work Schedule:

Office Depot and Office Max offers competitive salaries, a benefits package, which includes a 401(k) and more, along with plenty of opportunity to move and grow within our organization! For immediate consideration for this exciting position, please click the Apply Now button.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Office Depot and Office Max is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.