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Demand Planner

 

This position reports to the Demand Planning Manager or the VP of Purchasing and is responsible for building, review and maintenance of product based demand plans. You will be responsible for developing website sales forecasts, B2B sales forecast combining shipment history and inventory data which result in purchase recommendations.  The Demand Planner is responsible for the development of plans that achieve cross-functional consensus. The Demand takes a top down approach to the demand plan so that product based business needs are balanced with bottoms up product based business needs recommended by the planners. The MDP will be responsible for coaching and training the Demand Planners in their organization and supporting them in the development of strong working relationships with their sales organization partners. The MDP is responsible for training the planners to insure competency with system tools and demand analysis. The Demand Planning Manager must have strong managerial, communication, analytical and systems skills. Must support the business needs of the company with accurate demand forecasts that optimize sales performance while minimizing inventory risk. Should be able to liaise and influence all levels of the business and ensure that a team sprit exists between the planners and the sales account managers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Build, review and maintain product based SKU level demand plans.

Engage in Collaborative Planning with cross functional departments as required

Facilitate a collaborative; team oriented forecasting process incorporating input from both Sales, Product Management and Marketing, which culminates in a consensus forecast.

Responsible for the systematic delivery of the SKU level forecast to Just Enough; the Buyers’ purchasing tool.

Report of monthly forecast accuracy

Support product transition planning and forecasting at the SKU level.

Participate in the monthly Sales and Operations Planning process

Participation in special projects contributing to the ongoing development of planning systems and processes.

Maintain a safe and clean work environment.

Understand and follow company rules and regulations.

Perform all other duties as assigned and required.

 

INTERACTION WITH OTHERS

 

The employee must be able to follow company policies; receive directions from others; work effectively with co-workers in a constructive and positive manner; listen to and objectively consider ideas and suggestions for improvement; keep others informed of work progress, deadlines, or other pertinent issues; address problems constructively to find acceptable solutions; keep commitments; and always respect the diversity of the company’s workforce in actions, words and deeds.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

To perform this job successfully, the employee must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Experience:

 

Minimum of 3 years planning experience

 

Forecasting and Replenishment software experience; Just Enough experience is a plus

 

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required with strong Excel skills.

Education:

BA/BS Degree preferred. 

Other Skills and Abilities:

Experience with ERP/MRP systems

Strong analytical skills     

Strong analytical ability and demonstrated problem solving skills

Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work independently in a fast paced environment.  Able to work under pressure and effectively manage stress

Goal oriented, ambitious, extremely motivated

Advanced level of MS office, MS window, and computer knowledge

 

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to perform intermediate level mathematics such as calculating discounts, percentages, budgets, etc. Advance knowledge of statistics and analysis.

 

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to carry out simple written and oral instructions.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to talk and hear

Manual dexterity is required to operate computers, scanners and telephones

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