Supply Chain Forecasting & Replenishment Architect

Information Technology Edina, Minnesota


SpartanNash is a value-added wholesale grocery distributor - supplying more than 2,100 independent grocery retail locations throughout the United States - as well as a grocery retailer, with more than 155 corporate supermarkets in nine states. We also serve the military community through our MDV division; in addition to offering premier fresh produce distribution and fresh food processing through Caito Foods and third-party logistics through BRT.

At SpartanNash, relationships matter, and our Corporate team takes that sentiment to heart in the way we work as one totally aligned team, support and respect each other and share the highest standards of excellence. We're always looking for the next great idea or a new way to approach a challenge, and we collaborate and innovate to achieve our goals.

A day in the life of the Supply Chain Forecasting & Replenishment Architect is never the same but, in this role, you will be responsible to participate in providing IT technical leadership in the area of Forecasting and Replenishment management systems and be a subject matter expert in Forecasting and Replenishment management systems. The Forecasting and Replenishment IT Applications Architect has in-depth knowledge of business processes, issues and challenges relating to Forecasting and Replenishment, in-depth design and configuration level knowledge, and experience with one or more Forecasting and Replenishment management systems. The Forecasting and Replenishment IT Applications Architect works closely with business functions, IT Business Analysts, and IT consultants to design and build solutions to solve SpartanNash's rapidly evolving business needs.

What You'll Do:

  • Combine functional process expertise in Forecasting and Replenishment with in-depth technical knowledge of Forecasting and Replenishment systems to consult with business on optimal approaches to solve business needs.
  • Lead applications design, architecture, proof-of-concepts and sandboxing to identify technical options and solutions.
  • Support effort and cost estimation work for projects.
  • Accountability and ownership of Forecasting and Replenishment applications solutions design.
    Facilitate design workshops with business subject matter experts as well as technology teams, bringing industry expertise and experience where required to re-imagine and redesign logistics solutions.
  • Work with external consultants, system integrators, and SpartanNash IT professionals to design, build and deliver solutions. Ensure solutions are feasible and fit into long-term strategy with applications.
  • Manage complexity of platforms through an understanding of where customization is required for fit-to-win capabilities versus maintaining systems standardization in fit-to-compete capability areas.
  • Develop strategic roadmaps for Forecasting and Replenishment capabilities with a vision of how systems will evolve and grow to meet future needs of the business.
  • Work in close partnership with IT Business Analysts to scope and define requirements, injecting thought leadership and out-of-the-box solutions to the business needs. As a technical expert, provide mentorship and guidance to business analysts on the art of the possible with systems solutions.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for improvements in the use of Forecasting and Replenishment solutions to drive business efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Understand and manage complexities of integration across Forecasting and Replenishment systems and with applications outside of the Forecasting and Replenishment eco-system.
  • Manage infrastructure, cloud and security considerations and work closely with the security and infrastructure IT teams to specify requirements.
  • Work closely with Enterprise Architecture in the recommendation, evaluation and selection of solutions relevant to the logistics space.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work being performed as assigned for this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and requirements; additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Sound Like You? Here's what you'll need:
  • Nine years IT experience in enterprise grade Forecasting and Replenishment systems. Demonstrated excellence in designing and implementing Forecasting and Replenishment management solutions in multiple implementation cycles.
  • Experience in an architect role as the lead designer for logistics solutions.
  • Experience with Symphony (SRAI, formerly SEYC) Forecasting and Replenishment modules is highly preferred.
  • Ability to analyze problems, process complex data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication at all organizational levels.
  • Strong consulting, customer service, and conflict resolution skills. Ability to work independently and efficiently, managing timelines and expectations, and producing high-quality deliverables (documentation, presentations, proof-of-concepts, etc.).
  • Open and willing to learn new technologies to provide solutions when required.
  • Self-motivated, self-supervised and solution driven.