DEMAND PLANNER

Date:  Jun 27, 2024
Location: 

Palatine, IL, US, 60067

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Demand Planner - Americas

Position Overview:

The Demand Planner for Americas is responsible for leading all aspects of product forecasting for assigned product families in a highly seasonal business environment.  The Demand Planner for Americas reports directly to the Director of Demand Planning for Americas.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, other duties may be assigned:

  • Maintain rolling 18-month demand plan across all Americas product/warehouse locations for assigned product families
  • Evaluate sales order history to identify outliers that are promotional or non-repeating
  • Incorporate changes from historical performance into future outlook, including distribution changes, new product rollouts and adjusting “Year 2” outlook for new product launch anniversary, and end of life
  • Create and maintain statistically derived demand plan
  • Collaborate with Sales and Finance via routine Demand Agreement Process to yield a consensus demand plan
  • Summarize and routinely update key stakeholders regarding overall outlook, changes in demand trends, differences between statistical and sales/finance forecast that lead to consensus demand plan, and risks and opportunities
  • Provide transparency and accountability to the demand planning process through regular reviews of historical performance and publication of key performance indicators (accuracy, bias, etc.)
  • Utilize POS assumptions, POS trends, and key customer inventory position and goals to validate current and future demand trends
  • Develop historically grounded expectations for high and low guard rails against demand plan to serve as indicators for change to future outlook
  • Analyze sales forecast against actual sales to identify and address variability that will influence future inventory and fill rate performance
  • Monitor customer order fill rate performance and mitigate key drivers stemming from demand plan variability that impact performance
  • Collaborate with supporting functions to ensure plans are reliable:  Sales, Finance, Product Management, & Supply Chain
  • Participate in new product planning process to ensure material planning needs are incorporated and executed in the appropriate time frame to support business planning
    • Includes Demand Planning role in new item setup in SAP
  • Identify, recommend and implement efficiency improvements within our demand planning process
  • Achieve metrics & objectives utilizing a data-driven balanced scorecard with routine results monitoring and two-way feedback
  • Provide support to Australia/New Zealand Demand Planning by establishing statistical forecasts for collaborative review with Au/NZ-based Demand Planner, sharing key insights, and measuring & monitoring forecasting metrics (KPI’s)


Competencies:

 To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Drive for Results – Initiates necessary action to meet or exceed expected business outcomes; Focuses on key metric performance and trending; Adjusts plans and efforts accordingly; Rallies efforts of extended team to be stronger than contributions of individuals.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Excellent group presentation skills.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Teamwork & Collaboration - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Builds a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position is has no direct supervisory responsibility.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Supply Chain Management, Business, Mathematics or Statistics required
  • At least 3 years of supply chain experience desired
  • Demonstrated success at problem solving
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Planning and organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to multitask required
  • Knowledge of MRP/ERP systems. Experience with SAP a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software required
  • APICS CPIM certification a plus

Weber-Stephen Products LLC 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, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.

 


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