Demand Planner (Exp in Food & Bev Industry)
Yes, after Covid restrictions are lifted
Pros2Plan, a subsidiary of Spinnaker SCA, has an immediate Full Time opening for a Demand Planner (Exp in Food & Bev Industry) with a large leading Food and Beverages Company
Duration: Full Time
Location: Memphis, TN (Relocation package is extremely competitive )
This role is a critical part of the organization's Integrated Business Planning (IBP) team and is responsible for managing long and short-term forecasts at the Profit Center/Business Segment/Customer level. This role interacts closely with Sales and Marketing to build a cross-functional demand planning forecast to manage costs across the network, while consistently meeting customer expectations.
The demand planner uses a variety of data sources including sales promotional data, new product plans, and statistical models to create a demand signal to drive supply chain and Integrated Business Planning. The monthly goal is to deliver an accurate and cross-functionally aligned 12-month rolling demand plan. A key responsibility of the Demand Planner is to develop, document, update and challenge the assumptions supporting the demand plan.
Create accurate demand plans in business categories by utilizing statistical forecasting tools, historical data, and sales projections from cross-functional partners for a business category
Prepare and facilitate monthly cross-functional demand review meetings focused on reaching consensus on a final forecast as part of the IBP process
Develop demand forecasts at multiple levels of aggregation
Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast accuracy data, and evaluate forecast results
Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to improve forecast accuracy
Utilize a collaborative consensus approach that includes working with sales to obtain and ensure current and accurate information is used for forecasting
Evaluate forecast accuracy and determine action plans to improve accuracy
Use and maintain Demand Planning software as the primary demand planning tool
Prepare reports and recommend adjustments to sales or potentially supply plans
Perform integrated “what-if” analysis using both supply and demand plans
Consolidate ad-hoc reports in to Step 2 for the demand management review meeting to explain and detail consensus plan and make any final updates based on outcome of IBP process
Bachelor’s degree is required
5+ years of experience in demand planning, forecasting, scheduling/ planning
Excellent analytical and quantitative skills
Advanced Excel and at least Intermediate PowerPoint
Ability to deliver effective presentations using qualitative and quantitative data to influence leadership behavior and decisions
APICS certification a plus
Comfort around Higher Management . Can deal comfortably with more senior managers; can present to more senior managers without undue tension and nervousness; understands how senior managers think and work; can determine the best way to get things done with them by talking their language and responding to their needs; can craft approaches likely to be seen as appropriate and positive.
Conflict Management . Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
Drive for Results . Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
Functional/Technical Skills . Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
Problem Solving . Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers.
Standing Alone . Will stand up and be counted; doesn’t shirk personal responsibility; can be counted on when times are tough; willing to be the only champion for an idea or position; is comfortable working alone on a tough assignment.