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As the Demand Planner, you will improve the accuracy and reliability of the Demand Plan through projection of the most realistic estimate of customer demand in collaboration with other functions (Sales, Marketing, Financing.) and manage exceptions to enhance the responsiveness of the organization’s Supply Chain in fulfilling customer demand. The key contribution of Demand planning is driving clear communication among all the MBP partners about risks, constraints, and opportunities.
Collate Information and Assumptions:
•Ensure commitment from all functions, build, and maintain good communication and collaboration both within Supply Chain and with Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing and Finance, according to the Monthly Business Planning (MBP) best practices including highlighting variances vs financial forecast and risks
•Capture, prioritize, analyze Marketing and Sales events; customer, consumer & competitor information; other external / internal trends and influences which impact demand
Manage Portfolio and Lifecycle:
•Effectively use Demand Planning system to enable an exception-based management approach.
•Maintain system to reflect the lifecycle of products (predecessors, successors, temporary promotional)
•Collaborate with Marketing and Sales by providing input on a regular basis regarding product launches, portfolio optimization, rationale of commercial decisions, promotions, and customer behavior
Develop and Maintain the Forecast:
•Use appropriate statistical models and parameters in partnership with the statistician’s team to enrich statistical forecasts and generate accurate base demand forecast for 78-week horizon by DC/National level
•Generate and maintain a demand plan for a given portfolio of products, locations and/or customers, at the levels (product hierarchy and time) at which business decisions are taken.
•Focus on and deliver a stable demand plan, considering recent events, along with achievement of Demand Plan Accuracy (DPA), controlled variability of accuracy and no systematic bias
•Ensure that business planning is operated at the correct level of aggregation (product hierarchy and time)
Track and Manage Demand:
•Actively follow-up actual sales to customers and sell-out data (POS) to identify exceptional or forecasted activities
•Drive fast, appropriate actions to minimize the impact of deviations from the Demand Plan. Communicate these actions to stakeholders
Maintain Data and Systems
•Create and maintain the appropriate master data in the planning systems, minimizing errors, avoiding duplication and obsolescence
•Maintain system health to ensure demand signals are clear
REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:
•Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, business, Marketing or equivalent combination of education and experience
•5 years of dynamic and successful Supply Chain or Sales / Marketing experience
•Strong analytical aptitude with a proven ability to analyze/interpret data and build quantitative models of business problems.
•Excellent oral and written skills, organizational and time-management abilities, effective inter-personal skills, and the ability to work with personnel at all organizational levels.
•Excellent creative thinking skills with emphasis on developing innovative solutions to complex problems that may not have one clear answer.
•Ability to deal with ambiguity and deal with pushback as part of building a forecast with cross-functional partners
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