Demand Planner

Location: MD
Job Type: Direct Hire
Salary: $75,000.00 - $87,000.00
Degree: Bachelor of Science;
Date: 2/26/2018
Job ID: 02574343
Job Description
The Demand Planner will provide timely and accurate forecasts by item  on a weekly and monthly basis for other departments. They will ensure the correct use of statistical models and life cycle maintenance, and provide accurate input for the forecast consensus process in terms of Marketing and Trade Events intelligence working with the Sales and Marketing teams.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assignment of statistical models by customer group/brand, analysis and adjustment of long term base forecast models.
  • Development of forecasts for new product rollouts, line extensions and test markets, including development of like models, phase-in and phase-out profiles, utilizing SAP based APO Demand Planning system (knowledge of APO system a plus).
  • Develop and analyze short term forecast and promotional volume in APO (Demand Planning Tool).
  • Analyze and enter key customer deals and communication with Sales, Distribution Centers and Operations relative to changes in deals.
  • Manage customer level new product authorization and discontinuations.
  • Maintain scorecard data to monitor and optimize forecast performance on an on-going basis.
  • Develop process improvements.
  • Analyze the forecast vs. actual, by deal, UPC and major customer through report development, preparation and review.
  • Responsible for the short term forecast by brand and major accounts.
  • Manage new launches from a demand planning perspective and give proactive feedback to the Demand Planning team and to the Brand and Sales team as well.
  • Active participation and input on the consensus forecast process, responsible for base forecast and Lift impact together with Marketing and Sales teams.
  • Develop projects to improve the Demand Planning organization and efficiency.
Professional Experience / Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Finance or Engineering.
  • 3+ years of Demand Planning experience or relevant work experience.
  • Expertise in Demand Planning statistical software.
  • Superior analytical skills.
  • Superior MS Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and query software (Business Objects).
  • Ability to communicate technical and analytical concepts.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work both on short term and long term planning.
  • Experience in work with cross functional teams.
  • Presentation and communication skills.
  • APO (Advanced Planning & Optimizer) SAP application experience preferred.
  • Experience in CPG industry with a specific emphasis on Planning or Supply Chain Functions preferred.