Demand Planner

  • Location:

    Manchester, Greater Manchester:

  • Sector:

    Supply Chain & Procurement

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  • Salary:

    £33000 - £35000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Halecroft Recruitment Ltd

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  • Published:

    8 months ago

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We have a new and exciting role for a Demand Planner. Your role will be to harness the organisation's knowledge and resources to produce sales forecasts used in Sales and Operations Planning. Continuously improve the sales forecasting processes and systems, ensuring that forecast accuracy is consistently improving. Work with other departments including Sales, Operations, New Product Development and Supply Chain to ensure the consistent, cost-effective supply of products to customers. Analyse data and provide reports to the business to assist decision making with respect to budget tracking, sales performance and planning, and NPD

Responsibilities: -

  • Prepare background information to support sales forecasting

Collect and collate market and customer intelligence, and make it available to everybody involved in the forecasting process

Work with Sales and Marketing to ensure that their market and customer knowledge and plans are reflected in the forecasts

Analyse sales trends and identify the key drivers of sales of key products and product groups

Develop Standard Operating Procedures for the sales forecasting processes - Ensure that all documentation for the sales forecasting processes and systems is up-to-date and complies with company standards.

  • Develop statistical forecasts

Develop statistical forecast models

Gather, analyse and validate all data that will be used in preparing statistical forecasts

Prepare statistical forecasts for use in the sales forecasting process

Apply error analysis techniques to improve forecasting through highlighting any unexpected trends or forecasts

  • Work collaboratively with Sales, Operations and New Product Development

Facilitate and manage forecast review meetings with all Sales managers

Monitor the sales performance of new products and develop a history that can be used as a guide in future launches

Provide input to the forecasts for new products

Assess the impact of promotions and other events on sales

Develop a repository of information that can be used to support future forecasting and risk analysis

Provide data on sales variability, forecast accuracy and future forecasts that are used in setting safety stocks and inventory planning policies and parameters

  • Lead the Sales and Operations process

Prepare reports and data that will be used in the forecast review process - part of the Sales and Operations Planning process

Identify and report on any significant variances between forecasted sales and the organization's budgets and business plans

Present, solicit and assess feedback on forecasts from the senior management team

Achieve consensus for demand forecasts

Implement any forecast changes resulting from the forecast review

Follow-up with all participants to ensure that actions agreed in the forecast reviews are completed in a timely manner

  • Measure, report and improve forecast accuracy

Develop and reach agreement on appropriate measures of forecast accuracy and forecast bias

Prepare and distribute regular reports on forecast accuracy

Analyse trends and identify opportunities for improving the accuracy of future sales forecasts

Review past forecasting performance and identify major forecast variances

Lead root-cause-analysis initiatives and formulate actions and plans to ensure that major forecast variances do not re-occur

Identify and lead the implementation of opportunities to improve forecast accuracy. These could include collaboration with customers and channel partners and effective use of end-consumer sales data

Skills and Expertise Required: -

  • Industry knowledge and experience in a similar role
  • Proficiency with statistical and forecasting fundamentals
  • Supply Chain knowledge - APICS qualification preferred
  • Sound financial awareness - understanding of financial and operational impacts of forecasting and related decisions
  • Advanced proficiency with software systems - including ERP systems, Sales Forecasting applications and Microsoft Excel
  • Highly analytical, numerate
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills, Organized and detail oriented
  • Persistent, determined and goal oriented

To apply: Forward your CV following the apply link in either Word or PDF format

Please Note: due to the volume of applications being received we can only respond to those offering the relevant
experience as outlined in the advert.

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