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Aug 2014Present

Merchandise Planner - Dog Food

PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
Pre-Season: -Building and managing department/class/brand plans for the whole dog food category - by channel and banner for base and non-base store groupings - based on strategy guidance and in reconciliation to top down budgets -Creating post season analysis/reporting and lead the review of financial results and business drivers. -Partnering with Merchants and other CMO partners on consensus financial and unit planning to drive goal setting and ownership. -Participating in the collaborative development of business strategy and growth initiatives. -Forecasting and analyzing impact of marketing events and product entrance/exit strategies. -Building and managing key item plans to ensure good receipt flows in order to maximize profitability and minimize markdown liability and unnecessary supply chain costs. In-Season: -Leading analysis of business events and results to understand business drivers and anticipate future outcomes. -Working collaboratively in the forecasting of sales, margin, receipt, inventory and turnover metrics reflecting trends and business drivers. -Communicating forecasts to leadership and CMO partners.
Jul 2013Aug 2014

Vendor Analyst - Dog Food

PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
-Providing regular and ad hoc analysis for two vendors to both internal and external vendor teams in order to drive sales and improve profitability -Analyzing sales, consumer behavior and promotional effectiveness to distinguish risks and opportunities within the business and make recommendations to the Vendor and Merchant teams. -Developing tests for various marketing/pricing initiatives in limited stores and markets; evaluating results and suggesting action plans. -Meeting with vendors regularly to present analysis, conclusions and resulting action points to drive sales and profit improvement. -Performing regular analysis of P.A.L.S. database to analyze and examine customer trends, market-basket profitability, and merchandise affinities. -Working with Merchants and Vendor to develop most effective marketing strategies and merchandise offers to drive incremental vendor sales and market-basket improvements. -Developing weekly performance analysis of vendors' top SKUs, new items, seasonal SKUs, worst performing SKUs, and other SKU rationalization activities. -Investigating SKU performance to determine the effectiveness of new product launches. -Developing and maintaining reports through Excel, Access and Microstrategy -Obtaining and organizing sales, inventory and customer data from different databases at multiple levels in order to identify key trends and make recommendations to maximize sales and profits.
Oct 2012Jul 2013

Account Coordinator

Natural Alternatives International

Job Duties: -Forecasting sales and budgeting for key accounts and major retailers -Pricing new products and determining profit margins -Successfully managing a cross-functional team, driving new product launches from start to finish -Developing and maintaining business relationships with vendors and large retailers Notable Accomplishments: -Managing the quarterly budget for three of the company’s top grossing accounts (over 20 million in sales annually) -Overseeing all purchase order processing for over 100 unique SKUs.

Oct 2011Jun 2012

Program Manager

Internship USA (aka InternScout)

Job Duties: -Managing an international program -Strategic and cost reduction planning -Providing advising to an international team, including contract negotiation techniques, student placement strategies and marketing objectives -Developing procedures and training for a cross-functional global team -Providing job coaching, in addition to internship contract negotiation with students/companies, conflict resolution, complex problem solving, data tracking and counseling for a consistent caseload of 15-25 interns Notable Accomplishments: -Secured over fifty (50) new business partnerships with host companies -Created new web site content, including blogs and press releases, driving new business leads.

Jul 2010Sep 2011

Human Resources - Technician & Analyst

Cuesta Community College

Job Duties: -Managing all FMLA, worker’s compensation and employee accommodations for over 700 employees -Managing full cycle recruitment for classified, permanent full-time, short-term, faculty, student, volunteer and intern employees -Developing and streamlining policies and procedures; designing training programs and leading training -Analyzing employee data, managing salary step placements, and performing salary studies. -Cost reduction planning and prioritizing funding requests -Analyzing data, generating database reports and performing statistical analysis Notable Accomplishments: -Spearheaded the annual department budget and funding priorities -Wrote the Human Resources strategic plan & a Human Resources training manual, still used to date




Chapman University, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics


California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo


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Living Abroad
Working Abroad
Study Abroad Programs
Travel Planning
Oracle HR
Adobe InDesign
Data Analysis
Team Building
Program Management
Microsoft Word
Team Leadership
Project Management
Strategic Planning
Leadership Development
Microsoft Excel
Social Media
Microsoft Office
Event Planning
Customer Service
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