Inventory Manager - San Mateo, CA

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Inventory Manager

Location: San Mateo, CA
Position Type: Full-Time Employee
Requisition #: 0190

Position Summary:
We are seeking a hands-on Inventory Manager who is looking for an opportunity to manage our 60M & growing inventory portfolio, and drive actionable insights for a fast-growing, dynamic company. Inventory being the focal asset at Rafter, you will be at the center of various cross-functional workstreams with Finance, eCommerce, Operations, Supply, Biz Dev, Engineering, Product, and Sales. And point owner who the business leads looks to for various buy/sell lists to transact on, manage the tradeoff between inventory & business KPIs, and running analyses, scenario plans, and reports to help chart our course. If you're looking for a position where you can roll up your sleeves, play a pivotal role and make a significant impact, you're in the right place.

Primary Responsibilities:
Manage and track central inventory pool – ins, outs and re-commits. Build a dynamic fact base
Help dissect pools of inventory assets, and optimize tradeoff between ROI, cash, margin, and growth. Develop a point of view with a defensible strategy and be able to guide the business
Operationalize and automate inventory analytics around utilization, duration, ROI, price yield, supply cost, liquidation and obsolescence for multiple inventory cohorts – existing, acquired, virtualized
Create and operationalize dashboards around inventory key performance indicators
Produce various inventory buy lists – quantity & price – per popularity, age and market liquidity signals
Produce various liquidity lists per channel specific needs & constraints and refine boundary conditions – B2C, B2B, stores wantlisting, repo
Work cross-functionally with key stakeholders to understand inventory requirements & constraints
Partner closely with engineering and product teams in pushing and helping drive automation of repeat complex tasks
Own daily asset performance reporting rhythm during peak season
Pull data using SQL queries and drive various Excel based analyses
Help with scenario planning and building, maintaining & extending financial models
Ability to formulate hypotheses, probe for root cause, and identify key drivers

Bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, science, business, or related field. Masters preferred
5+ years experience in financial analysis, management consulting, asset/ portfolio management or retail
Demonstrated analytical skills; experience as heavy duty analyst
Proven ability to partner with business and act as 'consultant'
Attention to detail, ability to think through concepts, and problem solve
Willingness to roll up sleeves, dive into detail, and swim in data
Ability to work with large datasets
Working knowledge of SQL
Proven ability to work effectively and deliver results in startup-like environments lacking enterprise scale data warehouse and big company resources
Excel power user; know how to maximize analysis time instead of waiting for processing & refresh
Raw intelligence / horsepower. Fast learner
Can-do attitude and flexibility
Willingness to flex, turn on a dime, and effect change in a very high throughput environment
Good communication skills and ability to articulate and defend point of view
Are you an active contributor to open source software? We love to see your work - send us a link to your GitHub projects.

We offer competitive salary, benefits, and the chance to improve the lives of millions of students!

Read more about our success.
Rafter Experiences 1,400 Percent Annual Revenue Growth in On-Campus Commerce -

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