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Sr. Demand Planning Analyst

Position Type


Travel Required

Need based, if any


Seattle, WA




6 months, potential to extend

Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Pros2Plan, a Spinnaker SCA division, has an open consulting/contractor role for a Sr. Demand Planning Analyst

Location: Seattle, WA, preferred,

Duration: Contract- 6 months, potential to extend

Bill rate: Open

Job Overview:

As the Senior Demand Planning Analyst, the consultant will play a key role in developing the 5 years strategic and 24 months Operational Demand Plan at brand, SKU, and account level in context for multi-categories and multi-channels to support growing Client’s’ business.

Functionally the consultant will serve as a strategic planner to help shape and guide business level strategic and tactical planning activities. Operationally, the consultant will contribute to the creation of the channel/category operational demand forecasts with the goal of building accurate forecasts through statistical methods & business drivers analysis collaborating with Sales, Retail Analytics, Product, Marketing, Finance and other supply chain teams.


  • Ensure new product introduction, promotion and other customer or business historical data and insights are properly collected and validated to provide support for future modelling and achieve forecast accuracy objectives.

  • Analyse new product launches actuals to determine risks & opportunities versus financial and demand plans

  • Forecast and plan utilizing tools, generating baseline & lift forecasts as required, supporting plan validation through proper articulation, and understanding of plan evolution versus launch, promotion, other business input and insights

  • Drive forecast accuracy analysis (FA% and Bias%) including root cause and performance problem solving with a continuous improvement mindset, identifying risk, opportunities and deviations from forecasted results and other disruptions and promptly resolve or make recommendations for any issues

  • Prepare demand planning input for budget, trend, and strategic & operational S&O for the Supply Chain, Business and Financial communities

  • Assist Demand Planning Manager in facilitating monthly consensus meetings with Sales, Retail Analytics, Marketing, Finance & Market Supply Planning which may include preparing all data and metrics for review, identifying gaps and scenarios that must be presented, facilitating decision making on open items and trade-offs, and ensuring action is taken on agreed to action items.

  • Review performance metrics to assess how S&OP plans are tracking against goals, and work with the functional planning groups to improve their processes to meet the goals

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with key internal customers based on trust and confidence

  • Mentor and train team members and cross-functional partners on the tools, systems, and processes within the Integrated Planning team

  • Maintain and improve forecasting models and methodology by reviewing historical sales trends at multiple levels of aggregation, researching demand drivers, developing forecast models, and collaborating with key stakeholders

  • Lead cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated assumptions

  • Act as a key contributor in the development of demand planning best practices to identify, standardize and automate key planning inputs

  • Contribute to the Global Demand Planning Community by developing Demand Planning Excellence program and participating in cross-functional project teams

  • Other projects and responsibilities as required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Business, Supply Chain, or related discipline or equivalent combination of experience

  • 5+ years of experience in a planning related field including use of:

  • Demand Planning systems leveraging statistical and collaborative forecasting methods.

  • Sell in and sell out units forecasting

  • Forecast Bias, forecast accuracy metrics and root cause analysis

  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills with an aptitude for report-building, data mining, interpretation and recommendations based on their own analysis. Strong computer and quantitative skills, including:

  • BI, Tableau, or any other Data warehouse/analytics system

  • Excel – Intermediate/advanced level

  • ERP

  • Ability to work cross-functionally, demonstrating strong interpersonal and collaborative skills. Displays strong initiative with a curiosity for learning and challenging the norm with an innovative mindset

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and a resourceful professional style

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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