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Demand Planner



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Job Purpose/Overview

Do you thrive on new challenges with a desire to make a broad impact? We are seeking a Demand Planner in North America who will work closely with Commercial, Supply Chain and Product leaders to develop and manage an accurate regional demand forecast for identified products at the appropriate levels, horizons and intervals.


Location: West Chester, PA


Key Responsibilities

•    Develop the Demand Plan for identified products. 
•    Gather, develop, document, and update the assumptions supporting the demand plan. 
•    Establish, maintain and utilize forecasting and communication tools to build and maintain a multi-view.
•    Challenge the sales and marketing assumptions when significant deviations occur between the statistical forecast and the forward- looking Demand Plan – rolling 24-month horizon. 
•    Ensure finished product demand forecast accuracy and elimination of bias.
•    Aggregate all sources of demand with sufficient detail for the rolling 24-month S&OP planning horizon to develop the aggregate demand plan and the supporting assumptions for the Demand review (Step 2) in the S&OP process. 
•    Review market and product intelligence; Integrate new & changing products and strategies to the plan.
•    Monitor the demand plan performance by measuring actual vs. planned performance for product family and product mix (bias, demand forecast error, aggregate forecast accuracy, mix forecast accuracy, bias).
•    Develop and evaluate multiple what-if scenarios (simulations) to resolve demand/supply imbalances.
•    In collaboration with Supply Chain and Customer Service, ensure flawless execution of tactics to manage abnormal demand, supply issues (including constrained supply), and customer requirements that are outside the capability of the supply chain to deliver.
•    Collaborate with Finance and Commercial Leaders to dial in key changes and assumptions into the monthly outlook review process.
•    Partner with the commercial and supply chain teams to continuously improve demand planning process.



Job Specifications/Qualifications

•    Four-year college degree from an accredited institution
•    Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in demand planning, demand analytics, operations, or supply chain
•    Demonstrated ability to interface with key functions to integrate inputs from sales, marketing, supply chain, and operations into actionable plans.
•    Demand or Supply Chain functional experience and an appreciation for end-to-end business managing processes.
•    Business reporting, and/or data analytics experience required
•    Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel required
•    Keen sense for analyzing data and drawing out relevant business insights
•    Demonstrated process improvement and project leadership skills
•    Inquisitive, highly accountable nature to drive to root causes and seek creative solutions
•    A self-starter and pro-active, requiring little to no daily guidance
•    A commitment to teamwork, hustle, and shared accountability (with sales, marketing, product, supply chain, finance and operations partners) are absolute requirements.
•    Experience using forecasting systems and tools (SAP/APO, ForecastX, OMP, Arkieva, etc.)
•    Experience in food industry: wholesale & retail 
•    Certified Business Forecaster (Institute of Business Forecasting)

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