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Location: Mississauga, Ontario office
Responsible for developing a demand plan for assigned product segments and implementing all forecasting processes associated with creating an accurate demand signal for supply chain. Individual will develop and maintain forecasts at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons by incorporating business intelligence and business partnering with sales, marketing, finance and other sources to meet sales and service objectives. Use of demand planning software to track and evaluate promotional and run rate trends. Drives the monthly forecasting process through leading discussions with sales, marketing, and finance groups. Develops and communicates future demand plans that drive supply chain planning processes.
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. Works as a business partner with Sales and Marketing to provide insights and recommendations to the forecast.
Develop demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons.
Planning at a high level of detail and data in Excel.
Review historical sales trends and seasonal trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results
Lead the process to understand demand forecast drivers. Partner with sales, marketing, and customer finance to be an insights driver and a contributor to business decisions.
Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile forecast variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions.
Participation and lead the development of a consensus forecast for new item launches from ideation to commercialization in-market, and post launch stabilization to ensure success
Utilize a collaborative and consensus approach by working with Sales, Marketing and Customer Finance to drive forecast accuracy and provide recommendations to the demand plan.
Evaluate promotional activities to establish meaningful projections for future promotional volumes.
Collect and filter market intelligence from business partners to determine the impact to the forecast build assumptions, document and incorporate into creation for forecasts at item level
Development of long range annual volume forecast projections for planning / seasonal pack-planning for freshpack categories
Use and maintain the Demand Planning software as the primary forecasting system tool.
Works with production planning and deployment to translate consensus/financial forecasts into an sku level operational forecast for entire network
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
Drives the monthly forecast consensus process for assigned categories/brands with cross-functional partners to evaluate and align on 90 day detailed and full year consensus demand plan
Maintain and publish performance metrics, analyze cause and effect, and implement corrective action to prevent future occurrence.
Lead the refinement and improvement of forecasting process and systems to improve results, customer service and operational KPI’s
Create and maintain reporting tools, within corporate system, to help manage the demand planning responsibilities. Track and reconcile weekly/monthly metrics versus established targets
Understanding IT systems that support supply and demand planning to recommend and support changes to enhance the demand planning and S&OP process
Has a good understanding of related supply chain processes and the downstream effects demand planning has on them
Aids in the communication flow of changes to forecast and disseminates information to all stakeholders accordingly
Provides leadership and direction for business team on matters regarding supply chain, forecasting, and demand planning
Reports to Sr. Manager, Supply and Operations Planning
Potential Career Progression:
Lateral career opportunities within the supply chain function to broaden experience/skill set
Promotional opportunities within the Supply and Operations Planning area
Bachelors degree in logistics, statistics, business or other mathematically related fields.
At least 2-5 yrs. experience in Demand planning, forecasting, supply planning Experience. Experience with a CPG company a plus
Experience with Cognos and Smoothie Systems is strongly preferred
Expert Microsoft Excel skillset
Excellent analytical, statistical, and organizational skills. Must be detailed oriented and highly organized
Ability to lead and influence other in reaching a consensus forecast.
Previous Experience with statistical forecasting and related forecasting software, with understanding to cross-function supply chain concepts.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
Previous experience with working with detail and strong skills in analyzing data is essential, with attention to details and big picture trends.
Experience with facilitation of Forecasting and Consensus meetings/discussions.
Experience with using Reporting software tools a plus
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