Forecast Analyst


Williams Landing, VIC, AU

Category:  Merchandise
Work Type:  Permanent Full Time

Who are We?

At Target, we’re getting back to what we’re famous for - real quality, that’s really affordable. We’re making products that stand up to the test of everyday life, at prices that don’t cost the earth. 
We’re making mums happy. Kids smile. Family life, that little bit easier. We’re making sure every Australian can enjoy our products, whilst making a positive difference to our planet so families can trust and rely on us for generations to come. That’s the Target Australians needs right now. And that’s the Target we’re here to be.


With our instantly recognisable logo we are one of the most iconic brands on the Australian retail market and for almost 100 years we have held a special place in the hearts and minds of Australian families.. It brings us loyal customers who love and trust us. From first baby clothes to first fashion moments, we have created special memories that families across the country hold dear. By making affordable quality and style accessible for all, we have built a reputation for helping Australian families live better.


As an iconic Australian retailer we’re immensely proud of our history and need people to join us who are as excited by our future as we are!


That’s who we are. That’s Target.


What will you do?

We have an exciting role for a Forecast Analyst to join the inventory team. The primary focus will be to ensure demand forecast integrity and accuracy is maintained, interpreting/translating and validating the outputs of the demand planning team. Take an independent approach of reviewing the demand forecasts and provide exception-based feedback to merchandise, demand planners and inventory & forecast managers to make sure forecast accuracy targets are met. Proactively review demand forecasts against merchandise forecasts to ensure alignment with agreed business plans through the monthly consensus process. Work collaboratively with the Demand Planning, Merchandise and Inventory teams to support workflow priorities, trading activity and strategic initiatives (i.e. TPR process).

Responsibilities will include but not limited to:


Analysis & Problem Solving


  • Working closely with the Merchandise Planner to optimise inventory levels and achieve financial KPIs of sales, margin and stockturn.
  • Supporting the business through improved forecasts and accurate reporting, presenting insights to key stakeholders both commercial and operational, and influencing decision-making
  • Owning the merchandise relationship, driving enhancements in forecast accuracy through root cause analyses and ensuring continuous improvement throughout the planning function
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills and amazing attention to detail
  • Drive the inventory analysis and production of weekly reporting for the categories 


What are we looking for?


Experience and Technical Skills required as follows:


•    Strong Excel knowledge & Power BI experience
•    Experience within Retail/Wholesale/Manufacturing
•    Ability to collaborate within a team environment 
•    Effective and concise communication and analytical skills     
•    Proven ability to execute action plan deliverables in a timely manner 
•    Experience in dynamic problem solving environments
•    Experience in Project/Business translation
•    Business Analysis 
•    Experience in Allocations, Demand and Fulfillment systems
•    Associate Degree
•    Bachelor Degree (Undergrad)


What will you get?


Target has some great benefits, including:


•  Great career opportunities across the Wesfarmers Group.
•  Team Member discounts across Target, Kmart, Bunnings, Officeworks and Catch Membership.
•  A free One Pass membership offering free delivery across Kmart, Target & Catch on eligible product.
•  Access to Employee Assistance Program.
•  Convenient location next to freeway and train station, with free onsite parking and a café!
•  Novated leasing options.
•  Paid parental leave scheme.
•  Flexible hybrid work arrangements through our Flex Where, Flex When, Flex Well policy, spending 60% of your week in our Target Store Support Office (including Work-From-Home days with a real work-life balance).
•  Reflection room, space for prayer, meditation, or time for yourself.
•  A Supported Learning and Career Development program.
•  Opportunity in Wesfarmers Share Plan access (where eligible) and to participate in a bonus program (where eligible).


We believe that all team members should feel valued, respected and safe irrespective of your gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, religious beliefs, education, age, disability, family responsibilities, sexual orientation and gender identity and we encourage applications from all candidates.
 As part of our recruitment process, we will be conducting Pre-Employment Checks with our successful candidates – this will include a police check.  Talent Acquisition will provide further updates to candidates as they progress through our recruitment process.
Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies.
“We are a Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant”.


If you would like to explore a career with Target and this sounds like the perfect role for you – apply now!


We don’t just look for people based on their skills and experience, our people work together and champion the Target values and behaviours.  We are a business where our values and people matter, and we need like-minded people to join us!

Target values diversity and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse and multicultural communities of which we are a part.

Agencies will only be engaged if required. Please do not contact us or send applicants to us unless requested to by the Talent Acquisition Team.