Pros2plan LLC, a Spinnaker Company has an immediate Full Time opening for a Demand Planner with a large leading Equipment Manufacturing Company
Duration: Full Time
Location: Atlanta, GA
The client is looking for a Demand Planner responsible for all forecasting activities associated with customers and products; utilizes forecast models for customers and products; and incorporates business intelligence and forecast information gathered from Sales, Marketing, Finance, and other sources.
The Demand Planner is the integration point of Advanced Analytics, Sales and Marketing. This position leads the dialogue each month for their respective customers and products with key counterparts in Sales and Marketing. This position will be responsible for the preparation and leadership of the Demand Review Meeting as part of a formalized Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process. Initially, this position will participate in the formation and implementation of a formalized S&OP and demand planning process and will be responsible for the implementation of the demand planning process, tools, and templates.
Collaborate with advanced analytics on the development of demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons as part of a demand planning function.
Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop and analyze statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results.
Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions.
Interact with Sales, Product Management and finance to understand demand forecast drivers.
Utilize a collaborative and consensus approach by working with Sales, Product Management and Finance to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used for demand forecasts. Facilitate a collaborative planning process with Sales, Product Management and Finance personnel. Lead the monthly Demand Review and participate in the S&OP monthly process.
Create and analyze monthly S&OP metrics and conducts root cause analyses to come up with actions for improvement
Use and maintain the Demand Planning software as the primary forecasting system tool.
Provide input to the Supply Planning organization in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs.
Closely coordinate and communicate Sales/Customer action plans with supply planning
Develop and maintain a rolling 15 to 18 months forecast and drive the entire forecasting process for assigned categories for the different business divisions /segments
Support and participate in the financial budgeting process
Advise Sales and Marketing of variances between existing forecasts, plans, and actuals
Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Business, or related field
Five (5) or more years of experience in finished goods forecasting / demand planning experience in Assembly to Order/ Engineering to order Products.
Demand planning professional certification (CPF or ACPF)
Know how to effectively use forecasting applications (i.e. SAP APO, JDA, Manugistics, Demantra, i2, Logility, John Galt, etc.).
Experience in creating reports using Excel, PowerPivot, and Oracle BI using basic SQL preferred.
Knowledge of Software related to demand planning is required, preferable the ones which integrate statistical and Predictive analytics (Artificial intelligence)
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and a high level of expertise in MS Excel is required.
Analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to communicate both verbally and written.
Solid presentation and facilitation skills.
Strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all teams, areas, and levels of the business affecting the forecast process.
Ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a strong sense of urgency and professionalism.
Successful negotiator, able to reach alignment and influence business partners
Lead the organization to Best-in-Class S&OP standards that can be benchmarked against world class companies.