Requirement Details

Demand Planner Location: Winona, ON, Canada Dur: 12 month

Position Summary:

  • This position provides leadership in the development and communication of the volume forecasts and associated on-going improvements within demand planning.
  • Using SAP/APO the planner will assess, deploy, and make on-going enhancements to support accurate volume forecasting through statistical modeling and facilitation of the S&OP consensus process.
  • Works with other leaders in the Demand Planning, Insights & Analytics, Sales, and General Managers, to continuously improve demand accuracy and associated analytics to explain changes in demand.
  • Directs the work efforts through on-going reviews of available inputs, understanding business drivers and supporting scenario development.
  • Influences and mentors forecast analysts and other cross-functional partners to improve overall analytical capability.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the Consensus Forecast. Aligned with assigned categories.
  • Drives/facilitates Volume Consensus process across Vice President/General Manager portfolio.
  • Layers in outside information on top of statistical forecast to determine consensus forecast adjustments to statistical forecast.
  • Focuses on understanding business and living w/brand managers to understand business drivers, inputs and initiatives.
  • Works with the General Managers and Sales counterparts to develop forecast inputs.
  • Ensures reasonableness of inputs.
  • Translates GM and Sales inputs for input into Volume forecast.
  • Provides inputs at both consensus and lower levels, as necessary, to ensure accuracy at all levels down to SKU/Month.
  • Conducts root causal analysis of business performance against forecast and pacing gaps.
  • Communicates key assumptions (i.e. merch calendar, distribution changes, pricing, etc).
  • Develops executive volume forecast summary including drivers.
  • Monitors Business Development/Sales monthly change review to identify new/changing sales inputs to forecast.
  • Facilitates the volume Q&A.

Qualifications And Requirements

  • B.S degree in Supply Chain, Business, Finance or related field 2 to 4 years of previous experience in forecasting, preferably within food industry or other CPG-related companies
  • Experience in and/or exposure to S&OP processes and procedures, customer planning and/or supply planning Practical and demonstrated use of productivity/continuous improvement methodology in previous positions
  • Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills
  • Thorough understanding of P&L including general management and supply chain cost structure
  • Excellent communication skills - both formal and informal
  • Methodology aptitudes & leadership in areas such as forecasting, team facilitation, problem solving, and overall solution optimization
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a cross-functional project team and appropriately manage multiple demands on time Experience training and mentoring others