VP Product & Channel Planning Systems

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Employment Type: Direct Hire Area of Specialty: JDA Job Number: 6484 Pay Rate: 250,000


The Vice President will manage the strategic development, integration and implementation of the JDA product and channel planning systems across all retail and wholesale systems. These systems will include: Enterprise, Assortment, Demand, Channel Clustering, IBP, Size Scaling and Collaboration.

The span of responsibility will be global and support not only the North America planning systems but also those teams and application usage across the world. This position will be responsible for ensuring that the new business processes that are developed can be supported by the technology.

The Vice President will coordinate with cross functional teams consisting of IT Technical and Business Solutions teams as well as consulting resources in the design, development and implementation of the business processes and the configuration, testing and rollout of the applications on time and on budget.

At the highest level, the Vice President will ensure the technology and tools implemented support the leading practices and processes for optimized product and channel planning across the retail and wholesale divisions.

  The Vice President will partner with IT, outside consulting resources and divisional business teams to set direction and strategy as well as determine priorities for the development and ongoing management of business processes and the supporting technology and tools. Overseeing the architecture and roadmap of each system.


Lead the enhancements, upgrades, rollout of Product and Channel Planning systems.
Support the existing users of these tools in all brands/locations.
Strategize with business partners in identifying new functionality and therefore new capabilities of a new or upgraded software platform.

Gain  Executive and Business Unit Leadership trust, support and adoption of the JDA initiative which will include presenting and participating in steering committee meetings regarding challenges and accomplishments.
Ensure that the overall day to day management of projects is achieved within time/cost/quality constraints.Manage and prioritize the project plan and resources and identify mitigation of risks.
Review new functionality with software platform and outline expected benefits.
Partner with the business and IT Technical and Business Solutions teams on overall implementations and support; ensure system and business objectives are understood and met.
Manage the three year strategic budget for the systems and department


10 -15 years of IT project management experience
10 years of supply chain merchandising / planning systems experience
Experience in defining, implementing and coaching other in IT project management methodologies
Experience in implementation of new software systems

Education: College degree

Strong presentation and meeting leader skills
Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and handle multiple projects simultaneously
Strong track record of project delivery – on time and on budget
In – depth knowledge of Product and Channel Planning Systems- knowledge of JDA software modules: Enterprise, Assortment, Demand, Channel Clustering, IBP, Size Scaling and Collaboration
Strong knowledge of supply chain merchandise and assortment planning systems
Logical and thoughtful in approach and influential in presenting solution options
Team player with strong collaboration skills
Strong negotiation, organizational and facilitation skills
Consensus builder
Good written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills with internal and external business partners
Excellent problem solving skills, particularly with regard to anticipating and solving issues or concerns before they occur or become critical
Self-starter with strong analytical and leadership skills
Must be flexible and able to work in a fast paced environment
Must be detail oriented and highly organized
Must be able to work effectively with all levels of the organization
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products – Excel, Word, Powerpoint

Sheri Breitstein
Managing Director, Business Transformation & IT

Sheri first joined The Connors Group in 2002. Her genuine commitment to finding the best outcomes for her clients and candidates has resulted in establishing long term, trust-based partnerships. Sheri believes that above all, clients value results and responsiveness in any partner. A high level of service is always required in recruiting, and asking the right questions about an opportunity helps ensure talent is functionally capable and culturally aligned to their needs. 
Candidates value that Sheri always takes the time to understand their career goals… because an opportunity represents more than just a job description. Additionally, candidates are always very appreciative of constant follow up and updates to encourage them through the application process. Maintaining two-way communication for interview management and post-hire follow up; she believes it’s always important to empower others through honest feedback.
Making her clients happy is the most rewarding part of the job! Working with an organization to fill their “top spot” and leveraging her consulting expertise in building out their team… This is a scenario that’s occurred multiple times and something she is certainly proud of in her career. She also loves that she has effectively established and maintained her network. Managing to build relationships over the decades and watch individuals grow in their careers – these are accomplishments that have been incredibly rewarding!
Career goals include continuing to learn and grow, build new client relationships, and develop new practice areas. To be positioned in the market as the go-to person for hiring needs in technology, digital, and business transformation - always both from a consulting and full-time standpoint!  Outside of work, Sheri loves to travel! Art, theatre, film, jazz, palates, hiking, cycling, and Star Trek (yes – she’s a Trekkie!) are all interests! A favorite quote – “Nobody ever died wishing they spent more time at the office!”

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