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This role will be based in Naperville, IL and will move to downtown Chicago, IL in early/mid 2016.Generates forecasts at a number of levels for assigned product categories using inputs from all available sources. Drives the monthly forecasting process through interaction and communication with supply chain, sales, marketing, and finance. Develops and communicates future demand plans that support supply chain planning processes and financial forecasts. Scope: Small, less complex portfolio or equivalent number of brands.
Drives the monthly forecast consensus process for brands assigned by engaging the entire cross functional team resulting in a short and long term consensus demand plan
Collaborates with key partners in supply chain, brand, sales, and finance to obtain consistent forecast inputs and address input gaps that may arise
Works with production planning and deployment to translate consensus forecasts into an operational forecast
Ensures successful customer promotion execution through effective planning and leveraging of key customer event inputs
Engagement in forecasting of new item launches from ideation to production to ensure success
Has a basic understanding of all 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
Reports on forecast accuracy and does necessary analysis to determine root cause of error in an effort to continuously improve numbers
Identifies ways to improve demand planning processes and tools
Tracks and reconciles weekly/monthly metrics versus established targets
Supports annual planning process for designated brands
Presents findings that drive understanding, alignment, and informed decision making
Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Finance, Business, Statistics, Mathematics or related field
Experience in production/inventory/demand planning environment
Experience with any forecasting application software – SAP, APO, &/or SAS preferred
Strong analytical skills and statistical knowledge with thorough attention to detail
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Experience in and/or exposure to S&OP processes and procedures, customer planning, and/or supply planning
Experience in leading and/or facilitating projects
Strong knowledge of all Microsoft applications
ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.