Perishable In-Stock Analyst

Whole Foods Austin , TX 78719

Posted 2 weeks ago

Whole Foods Market is looking for an experienced inventory management and supply chain expert to join our growing Perishable In-Stock Team. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who wishes to apply their expertise and skills to empower a mission-driven company aimed to set the standards in food retail; a company who also embraces their purpose to co-create a world where each of us, our communities, and our planet can flourish and make a difference!

This role will partner with our Perishable In-Stock Managers, Perishable Purchasing and Merchandising teams, Logistics, Enterprise Data and Analytics partners, and other stakeholders as needed to provide support and direction to improve our overall in-stock operations. This role will be responsible for managing class and item level forecasting in addition to reporting and analysis including (but not limited to): in-stock/out of stock trends, out of stock root cause, sales and shrink performance of core items, and distribution center/inventory management. This is an exciting opportunity to utilize strong analytical skills and knowledge of perishable supply chains to drive continuous improvement of the in-stock program through collaborative effort and creativity.

This position is located in Austin, TX and reports to the Perishable In-Stock Analytics Team Leader.


  • Manage perishable category, class, and item level forecasts at the global, regional, and store level

  • Calculate and manage effective target inventory positions (TIP) to maximize store in-stock rate and minimize shrink

  • Work with Perishable In-Stock and Enterprise Data teams to develop tools and processes to support the management of system generated forecasts - including the incorporation of promotional and seasonal impact, troubleshooting of anomalies, identifying root causes, and solutioning fixes

  • Partner with Perishable Category Management teams to maintain understanding of merchandising strategy, assortment changes, and manage new item forecasts appropriately

  • Provide the Perishable In-Stock Team with daily, weekly, and monthly reporting and insights to support the tracking and advancement of team initiatives

  • Identify opportunities and recommend/implement improvements to tools, processes, and workflows that affect purchasing, merchandising, and in-stock position

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of WFM retail and purchasing data - including tools and best practices for mining, analyzing, and leveraging complex sets of data to drive business decisions

  • Additional product forecasting and/or reporting and tools development for our global, regional, and store teams as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Bachelor's Degree in Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, Business with Analytics Specialty, or commensurate experience preferred

  • 4 years experience in retail, purchasing, or supply chain analytics/data management preferred

  • Ability to manage, manipulate, and derive insights from large sets of complex and disparate data

  • Intermediate to Advanced proficiency in Excel and other MS Office applications required

  • Prior experience with SQL, Alteryx, and/or Tableau preferred

  • Working knowledge of product forecasting and applicable tools and methodologies preferred

  • Comfort with and ability to learn new reporting, database, and automation systems

  • Self-motivated, innovative thinker willing to work in a dynamic and evolving environment

  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, and listening

  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to consistently meet timelines

  • Analytical curiosity, ability to think creatively and solve problems with sound business judgement

  • Strong organizational and project management skills, ability to prioritize effectively

  • Positive attitude and flexibility to work effectively both individually and with cross-functional teams

  • Nuanced understanding of the WFM business, supply chain, retail and purchasing data, and Global Perishables team preferred

  • Ability to assess how products, processes, and operating models impact the overall business

  • Ability to travel when necessary

At Whole Foods Market, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all Team Members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.

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Perishable In-Stock Analyst

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