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Demand Planner

Responsibilities:

  • Designing and generating weekly and monthly statistical forecast reports
  • Continuously improving forecasting techniques, method, and approach
  • Relating and measuring the impact of forecast accuracy
  • Evolving and maintaining documentation and standard operating procedures for demand planning processes and systems.
  • Conduct current and future forecasting analysis, insuring forecasting processes and methods are followed.
  • Assemble and analyze all data pertinent to creating the sales forecast (historical sales, market trends, seasonality, promotions, and eventually tier 1 account POS and inventory levels).
  • Establish and utilize best methods (statistical models and software tools) in creating forecasts and respective inventory targets.
  • Make recommended adjustments to forecast and inventory targets based on changes in demand and market trends.
  • Participate in forecast and inventory planning meetings with Marketing Managers, reviewing recommended sales forecasts and inventory goals (emphasis on brand transitions, new product introduction, and promotions).
  • Manage inventory targets (including safety stock levels) that are approved by management.
  • Prepare, report, and communicate forecast and inventory measurements to management (forecast accuracy, inventory plan vs. targets).
  • Monitor SKU levels and recommend SKU rationalization initiatives in the future
  • Proactively facilitating, re-engineering, best practices & consensus between functional experts (Demand Planning, Inventory Planning, Purchasing, Sales & Marketing, Operations, Finance, and IT)

Qualifications:

  • Background in master scheduling, forecasting, procurement and planning.
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Strong knowledge of demand planning process within Consumer Packaged Goods Industry
  • Experience MRP/ERP statistical software packages especially JDE software
  • Knowledge of demand management/forecasting tools, forecasting processes in sales, marketing operations, finance, manufacturing and supply chain issues
  • Good communication and Team building skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Extreme accuracy
  • Extensive spreadsheet analysis and strong mathematical abilities
  • 2+ years related experience
  • Experience with DRP/MRP functionality
  • Knowledge of turn rates
  • Knowledge of key inventory performance metrics, turns, margin contributions, etc.
  • Collaborative skills in resolving long and short positions in inventory.
  • Experience in managing end of life cycle and absolute inventory.
  • 2 year college degree (Business or related field)