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Senior Manager, Labor Planning and Forecasting Distribution

Lakeshore Learning Materials, LLC
Midway, Kentucky, United States
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Company Description

At Lakeshore, we create innovative learning materials and world-class guest experiences for teachers, parents and children. Since 1954, we've grown into a global community-with a thriving e-commerce business, multiple catalogs, 60+ retail stores, a peerless national sales force, plus international offices that support our preeminent supply chain division. But today we're working better, smarter and faster than ever-and setting our sights even higher. We're building an infrastructure designed for scalability, embracing data-driven decision-making and using technology to improve efficiency and ensure the best tools for the best work. Most importantly, we continue to invest in a diverse team of inquisitive top talent who fuel each other's passions and curiosity, take risks, try new things, and believe that every new day brings opportunities for growth

Job Description

In a time of unprecedented expansion, we are seeking a Senior Manager, Labor Planning and Forecasting Distribution. In this role, you will be responsible for providing financial support and guidance to the Supply Chain team, as well as visibility into the financial impacts of their decisions. The position also requires driving performance improvement within business units. In this role, you will become a trusted advisor to department heads by understanding their financial needs, building key performance indicators, providing relevant analysis, and supporting the decision-making process to achieve financial and operational objectives. The ability to work collaboratively and build strong relationships is crucial for success. Ideal candidates also must possess a strong background in Finance and Supply Chain fields, exceptional analytical skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively across departments.

A day in the office looks like this:

Establish and maintain strong working relationships with business unit leaders
Actively manage the day-to-day payroll with distribution center management, including correspondence, ad-hoc requests, escalation and troubleshooting
Collaborate with cross-functional teams to support business initiatives, providing financial expertise and analysis during project planning and execution
Provide advice and recommendations on financial planning, budgeting/forecasting and operational strategies to align business units with organizational goals
Develop key performance indicators (KPIs), prepare comprehensive financial reports and variance analyses, and analyze financial and operational data to identify trends, risks and opportunities
Drive reporting efficiencies by identifying and automating manual processes using technology.
Monitor a three, distribution center network workforce strategy and ensure employee staffing levels with the right skills at the right time are aligned for short- and mid-term needs. This position touches all aspects of workforce management within the distribution network.
Meets overall distribution operations financial objectives by forecasting labor requirements; participates in annual budget process; analyzing variances; initiating corrective action plans.
Develop and implement labor management system to analyze employee productivity for improved labor efficiency, control labor costs, and analyze trends for effective forecasting.


Got the skills and experience? Here's what we're looking for:

2-4 years of workforce planning experience, preferably in a distribution center or manufacturing setting.
Excellent oral, written, and communication skills
Ability to multitask and work independently as well as with different (local) teams
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders at all levels
Strong quantitative, analytical and critical-thinking skills, with the ability to synthesize large financial and distribution data sets from multiple sources into actionable insights
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), data manipulation, and Labor Management Systems (e.g., Manhattan, Blue Yonder, Korber, East Metrics)

Additional Information

And here's our end of the bargain!

Competitive compensation based on skills and experience
Paid leave for new parents to support work/life balance and family bonding
Excellent medical/dental and vision coverage-EPO, PPO and HSA
401(k) retirement plan with company contribution (because you will retire someday)
Flexible benefits-choose what you like, ignore the rest
Generous employee discount on products that make you smarter
Casual dress...and we really mean it

At Lakeshore, we know our diversity makes us stronger, and when everyone feels included and valued, we all win. We strive to embrace our differences and create an intentionally diverse and inclusive community that is representative of the teachers, families and children we serve.

We know we couldn't do the extraordinary things we're doing without the people on our team. Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of this spectacular group, Lakeshore is more than a great place to work-it's a great experience to be part of. Day in and day out, we give everything we've got to create products that instill a sense of wonder and foster a true love of learning. To help maintain this high bar for success, we're constantly on the lookout for people to join us. So if you're a down-to-earth professional who shares our desire for making a difference, we'd love to hear from you.

To learn more about Lakeshore, visit

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
People are selected to become members of the Lakeshore family based on skill, merit and mind-boggling talent-not based on race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, domestic partnership status, military status, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, alienage, AIDS or AIDS-related complex status, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status as a victim of domestic violence, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If things aren't equal, we all lose.

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