Closing Date: 2nd Dec 2021
Reporting to the Commercial Director, you will be the process owner for forecasting and IBP practices, as well as the subject matter expert for Demand Management.
Ideally, you will have a background in FMCG with experience of Demand Planning and Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) processes. Demonstrating an analytical mind-set and system literate, you will display advanced Microsoft Excel spreadsheet skills. An energetic team player, you will possess a strong attention to detail and a logical approach ensuring monthly cycles are completed in a timely and accurate manner.
Key Responsibilities / Duties:
Lead Demand Planning Process whilst driving continuous improvement. Supervise Demand planning and demand management activities.
Own/Manage the Demand Planning process as part of the overall Demand Planning cycle of Meetings.
Continue to drive a consistent approach and continued adoption of the monthly IBP process across all Brand owner Business Unit teams Ensure that the monthly cycle of meetings and process is adhered to by all and take action where this is not the case.
Ensure that the monthly cycle of meetings and process is adhered to by all and take action where this is not the case. Deliver DRM for all Business/Account Managers across key stakeholders through an Agenda driven process.
Challenge appropriately Sales teams to improve month on month forecast accuracy and share relevant customer insight to support purchasing decisions. Approve the volume related elements of promotional activity considering likelihood to achieve uplift volume, impacts on other SKUs and known current supply side constraints.
Work with and challenge the sales team to ensure that all uplift activity is forecast as accurately as possible.
Ensure information known by the sales team that would impact base forecasts (e.g.EDLP, distribution gains) is communicated to the demand planner for incorporation into the forecast. Working in conjunction with sales team ensure that risks & opportunities are managed at customer level and aggregated upwards to give a clear view of division wide R&O.
Develop and enhance current forecast accuracy reporting across all Business units identifying key drivers to significant under/ over forecasting and making recommendations to Senior stakeholders.
Strive for Industry leading customer Service Levels of 98.5%. Work with Supply Planning and Procurement team to identify how any shortfalls from this target can be improved upon.
Assist in developing annual budgets and cost-effectiveness initiatives. Continually develop IBP routine and ad-hoc demand related reports for management.
Create a 24 month statistical base forecast that is updated monthly for all products/customers, and reviewed according to priority to ensure accuracy.
Ensure inputs from marketing, sales, finance and others are incorporated into the forecast (EG Marketing intelligence about ATL activity)
Provide the inputs required to deliver the Business Unit Demand Review meeting and the Divisional Demand review meeting.
Ensure constraints identified in previous cycles are understood and communicated. Update forecasts as required following demand review meetings.
Support & challenge senior stakeholders in delivering an accurate future plan.
Experience / Qualifications:
2+ years’ experience within Demand Planning or Forecasting, preferably with an FMCG background with robust knowledge and high level of governance to ensure smooth running of S&OP cycles.
Highly numerate with very strong Excel skills.
Good communication skills with the ability to build relationships and challenge where appropriate.
Proven track record of delivering results, accountability and problem solving.
Analytical thinker with a proactive approach and strong attention to detail.
In this role you will act as an effective business partner, displaying a can-do attitude with excellent prioritization skills.
Robust system knowledge of SAP would be highly desirable.