Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Demand Planning and Forecasting
  1. Develop demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons as part of a demand planning function.
  2. Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated Sales, Marketing and Finance assumptions.
  3. Interact with Sales, Marketing, and Finance to understand demand forecast drivers.
  4. Utilize a collaborative and consensus approach by working with Sales, Marketing and Finance to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used for demand forecasts.
  5. Create and maintain forecast models for customers, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from Sales, Marketing, Finance, retailer replenishment analysts, and other sources.

Analysis and Reporting
  1. Ability to partner with key functions leading S&OP planning.
  2. Develop and refine standard processes as it relates to continued growth.
  3. Analyze and adjust forecast and replenishment parameters proactively to meet goals.
  4. Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results.
  5. Provide input across all departments in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs.
  6. Prepare and maintain relevant reports pertaining to demand planning process.
  7. Review sales plans, customer finance Budget Updates or Latest Estimates and demand drivers.
  8. Must be able to form strong team coalitions and efficiently lead cross-functional team members through complex and fast timelines.

Other duties as assigned

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

  • Analytical – Compliments with intuition and experience the collection, research and reporting of complex information.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems and escalates critical issues in a timely manner.
  • Project Management – Coordinates projects and completes projects on time and budget or notifies appropriate person.
  • Technical Skills – Responds in a timely manner to requests for support as a subject matter expert for systems and processes.
  • Customer Service – Meets commitments and responds promptly to internal and external customer needs.
  • Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and tactfully in positive or negative situations.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively and presents numerical data effectively as required.
  • Teamwork – Supports the team and organization’s efforts toward increasing revenue and profitability.
  • Delegation – Delegates work assignments, while matching responsibilities to the person.
  • Change Management – Develops workable plans for inventory’s growth preparing and supporting those affected by change.
  • Managing Tasks – Takes responsibility for outcome of projects; responds to staff’s inquiries in a timely fashion.
  • Business Acumen – Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition through periodic reports to management.
  • Cost Consciousness – Conserves organizational resources.
  • Ethics – Keeps commitments; upholds organizational values and policies as detailed in the Employee Handbook.
  • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time.
Self Management 
  • Judgment – Exhibits sound and accurate judgment in commitments about product and materials availability.
  • Planning/Organizing – Uses time efficiently as demonstrated by consistently meeting deadlines and commitments.
  • Professionalism – Follows through on commitments; reacts well under pressure by consistently overcoming delays.
  • Quality – Monitors staffs’ efforts to ensure work and content submitted meets the company’s standard for quality.
  • Quantity – Meets productivity standards as established by shipping goals.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability – Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative – Sources and takes advantage of opportunities as confirmed by suggestions for cost reduction.
  • Confidentiality – Maintains and promotes a high degree of confidentiality regarding business practices and personnel.
  • Discretion – Uses discretion when communicating or evaluating situations and decisions with staff members and the public.

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.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or relevant studies or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5-7 years related experience in project management, innovation planning management, and demand planning, including S&OP and what inputs are needed to make a high-quality forecast
  • Advanced expertise in MS Excel
  • Demonstrated expertise in MS Excel and Word, Crystal Reports, and database mining and manipulation (e.g., Order Management System (OMS), inventory databases and purchasing software)
  • Direct supervisory experience – with a preference for manufacturing and inventory
  • A current and valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and the ability to travel 10% of the time
Preferred Qualifications
  • Language Skills: Proven experience reading and interpreting documents (e.g., bills of lading, invoices, orders, procedure manuals, and regulations) and writing reports for management, business communication and procedure manuals.
  • Mathematical Skills: Documented ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Demonstrated ability to calculate proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. 
  • Reasoning Ability: Documented ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions.  Proven experience dealing with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



This is a full-time position

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