Demand Planner

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Date Posted: 08-17-2017

Demand Planner
Columbus, Ohio
Excellent Salary and Benefits

We are partnered with an industry leading Columbus, OH based manufacturing company (over 60+ year old organization) in search of a Demand Planner to add to their team. The Demand Planner will be a driven self-starter, highly motivated and comfortable working with limited supervision while delivering results in a fast-paced environment. We are looking for a Demand Planner to create and maintain forecast models for their customers, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from sales, marketing, finance, retailer replenishment analysts, and other sources.  The Demand Planner is the integration point into the sales and commercial organization. Basic forecast modeling is the responsibility of this position. This position leads the dialogue each month for their respective customers and products with key counterparts in Sales and Marketing.
 
 
Responsibilities
  • Develop 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 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, marketing, and customer finance to understand demand forecast drivers.
  • Utilize a collaborative and consensus approach by working with Sales, Marketing and Customer Finance to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used for demand forecasts.
  • 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 customer action plans with supply planning
 
Job Functions:
  • Create statistical forecasts:
    - Gather, analyze and validate data
    - Execute statistical modeling software
    - Review resulting statistical forecast model
    - Apply error analysis techniques to improve forecasting
    - Summarize/aggregate statistical forecasts
  • Review sales plans , customer finance Budget Updates or Latest Estimates and demand drivers:
    - Present, solicit, and assess feedback on the various forecasts from sales, and finance
    - Recommend adjustments for operational forecasts
    - Review promotional plans with sales
  • Achieve consensus for operational demand forecasts by facilitating a collaborative planning process with sales, marketing and finance personnel:
    - Prepare relevant material to facilitate research and discussion
  • Provide input to volume planning ( Latest Estimates / annual process)
    - Facilitate and manage demand planning/customer meetings
    - Achieve consensus with the business side and the demand chain
  • Maintain demand planning system and software
    - Enter and modify data and ensure the correctness of product hierarchy
    - Monitor trends in forecast error
    - Identify relevant market-related data and competitive intelligence
  • Prepare and maintain relevant reports pertaining to demand planning process
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