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Demand Planner

Position Title:  Demand Planner

Position Summary:

The Demand Planner will work cross functionally with our Sales, Operations, Product and Finance teams and be accountable for communicating key changes and exceptions to these teams. This position will be responsible for the planning and tracking open to buy, forecasting and analysis of key accounts / regions. The planner will partner with regions / accounts to develop sound plans and forecasts through Integrated Business Planning. The person will handle internal and external communications for new purchase orders, change -orders, returns and backlog management. Interfaces with customers, field and 3PL personnel including Sales, Operations, Logistics and Finance. The Demand planner ensures alignment of budget, sales forecasts and other business goals.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for coordinating the creation, review and tracking of demand plans at a product line and SKU level by key account / country / region with roll up to an EMEA and APAC level.
  • Partner with Sales, operations and Product to identify demand assumptions that will drive a monthly unit forecast across all product lines ensuring our monthly unit forecasts are aligned with customer and company objectives.
  • Predict trends and analyze sales numbers to identify what we need from a demand perspective.
  • Develop knowledge of our product portfolio and product roadmap to ensure accurate demand coverage for all NPI launches.
  • Engage with Sales and Product Leaders on NPI launch planning including forecast inputs both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Implement forecast related solutions within the scope of our company strategy.
  • Provide executive level summary for any key shifts or updates to the demand and supply plan.
  • Material and service sourcing, purchase order management, order placement, delivery and payment process, cost benefits and analysis.
  • Create forecasts using history, current trend, sales forecasts, market conditions, and other pertinent information and update as necessary.
  • Planning of production and work order release based on material supply and demand.
  • Reviewing sales prospects and provide input to the Company Integrated Business Planning process (IBP)
  • Supplier interaction in different geographies.
  • Backlog review and shortage analysis.
  • Continuously monitor inventory levels and actively reduce liability in line with the company’s inventory targets including global inventory reviews, MRB & RMA processing as required.
  • Implement best practices for collaborative statistical forecasting processes, procedures & tools
  • Resolve all first line phone and email inquiries from the customer or sales team quickly and efficiently (Shipment tracking, Order Status, Inventory Status, RMA)
  • Provide daily reporting of open order status and shipments with tracking information.
  • Provide weekly order and shipment reports, forecast commitments as well as any additional as-hoc reporting requirements.
  • Participate in meetings pertaining to order status, forecast or customer status reviews.
  • Work on tools and metrics related to account manager role as required.
  • Project participation as required

Reporting to:  International Supply Chain Manager

Candidate Specification 

  • 3rd level qualification degree in a relevant discipline or APIC’s qualification.
  • 3+ years’ experience in a similar role an experience in working within an Integrated Business Planning process.
  • Experience in Logility / Planning Edge software tools preferable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Advanced and demonstrable Excel skills, including pivot tables, macros, and advanced formulas.
  • Previous experience in Sales and Operations planning roles (Demand Planning, Supply Planning, forecasting etc.)
  • Ability to transform large volumes of data into decision grade information and communicate it effectively and convincingly.
  • Strong Analytical capability and attention to detail
  • Team Player and ability to work on own initiative.
  • Ability to meet production plan effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal / relationship building skills.

 

To discuss this role contact us on 061 362000 for further details.

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