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Demand Planning and Purchasing Manager

The Company. Twisted Throttle® is an established company with a healthy growth record and a dynamic management team. Located in Exeter, Rhode Island, Twisted Throttle was founded at the cusp of the now-exploding adventure motorcycling craze and is currently positioned as one of the major players in the market. We provide premium bolt-on motorcycle accessories for the adventure, sport-touring, and sport bike markets, primarily serving European and Japanese motorcycle riders. As exclusive North American distributor for leading powersports and ADV brands (including SW-Motech, R&G and others), we also specialize in prototyping, product development, wholesale distribution, and Internet retail sales for the full line of Twisted Throttle’s house of brands.

The Position: The Demand Planning and Purchasing Manager drives a small, enthusiastic team of Buyers and Assistant Buyers, developing and instituting processes to forecast demand, create supply plans, manage overstock and closeout inventory, and manage item data. The Manager is also responsible for managing vendor relationships, negotiating vendor terms, and ensuring timely delivery of goods.

Responsibilities and Duties:   

  • Manage demand planning, sales forecasting and replenishment processes in accordance with budgeted turn rates and growth predictions
  • Manage the buying team in creating demand forecasts, supply plans and purchase orders.
  • Ensuring that vendors perform within required business KPIs.
  • Serve as primary contact and manager of vendor relationships.
  • Communicate with accounting regarding inventory planning and vendor-related inquiries.
  • Work with vendors to obtain marketing assets and displays to support web and physical merchandising of product lines for product launches, coordinating their availability for the Marketing and Web Content teams.
  • Analyze and review trends to ensure that product listings are current and purchasing cost/MSRP remains competitive.
  • Aid in competitively setting pricing for new products.
  • Collaborate with vendors and in-house marketing staff to create product management plans for future years.
  • Manage purchasing order life cycle including backorders and pre-season booking orders.
  • Manage over/short ships for assigned brands and resolve in a timely manner.
  • Exchange and/or rotate inventory with vendors when necessary.
  • Negotiate and review inbound shipping and customs clearance costs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:   

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management or related field and/or minimum 6 years of purchasing experience for B2C e-commerce retail, B2B wholesale, and/or manufacturing.
  • Experience hiring, training, supervising and mentoring a team of three to six direct reports required.
  • Previous purchasing responsibility for at least $5M in annual purchases spanning 5,000+ skus preferred.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills required, including use of pivot tables, vlookups, and other bulk data analysis tools. SQL query building experience preferred.
  • Experience with NetSuite applications strongly preferred.
  • Motorsports experience preferred. 
  • Thorough knowledge of procurement and vendor management procedures.
  • High level of problem solving, analytical and communication skills.
  • Ability to interact and participate in a fast-paced, high-energy, team-driven environment.
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to self-organize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Extreme attention to detail

Working Conditions: Enthusiasm for motorcycles is preferred for all positions at Twisted Throttle, as enthusiasm for any sport, outdoor, or adventure activity is key to fitting in with our passionate culture. (All new hires without previous motorcycle experience are provided opportunity to attend the motorcycle safety course and obtain their motorcycle driver's license.) Whether you are a motorcycle enthusiast or not, count on the contagion of the Twisted Throttle organization’s passion and drive. You will work in an office environment with a great management team that loves to work hard, have fun, and win!

Benefits and Perks:

  • The Tame. Twisted Throttle provides competitive benefits for full time staff, including multiple health, dental and vision insurance options, Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), term life insurance equivalent to one year's pay, 401k with company match, gym membership reimbursement, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), subsidized classes and convention entry for professional development, and paid time off that grows with your time at the company. AFLAC benefits, including Cancer, Life, Disability and Accident plans, are also available.
  • The Twisted. Aside from awesome discounts on powersports gear and motorcycles, our culture includes a few unconventional traditions. Quarterly employee appreciation days include Nerf jousting, trips to breweries, and motorcycle release parties. Our weekly "Meat Wednesday" is a group lunch where all departments get together for fun, recognition and vittles. Our Ducati espresso machine keeps us fueled in the office, and our Moto Sabbatical rewards completing four years of service with a nine-day paid motorcycle-related trip; Twisted Crew members have ventured on two wheels to Alaska, Key West, the Alps, Mexico and more on their sabbaticals.
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