Demand Planner (Exp in Food & Bev Industry)

Position Type

Full Time

Travel Required

Yes, after Covid restrictions are lifted


Memphis, TN




Full Time

Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

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

Salary: Open

Location: Memphis, TN (Relocation package is extremely competitive )

Role Summary:

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.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • 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.