Demand Planner in Oak Brook IL

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Demand Planner
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Oak Brook IL
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Job Types:
Demand Planning/Forecasting, Planning/Scheduling, Supply Chain Analyst/Mgr.

Employee Type:

Full time


IL Oak Brook

Job Type:

Supply Chain Planning

Job Posting Title:

Demand Planner

Job Description:

Position Summary:

The ideal candidate can effectively manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment undergoing transformation. This role requires a self-directed, approachable problem-solver comfortable speaking up and dealing with ambiguity. The Demand Planner position requires strong critical thinking skills. This role owns managing the Demand steps of the Treehouse Foods Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process for assigned categories to align cross-functionally on the demand plan each period. This role is responsible for establishing an accurate demand plan for a rolling 24-month horizon. The role involves interaction with cross functional leaders with competing goals and varying points of view which the planner must navigate as liaison. Agility is key to thriving in this dynamic environment with numerous change initiatives on the horizon. Key to this function, is leading and facilitating monthly IBP Category Demand Review process while presenting curated hot topics, KPIs and demand plan to business leadership.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Focuses on understanding the business to recognize the business driver (risks/opportunities), inputs, and initiatives.
  • Translate customer and Business Development team contribution for input into the demand plan. Ensure successful customer promotion execution through effective planning and leverage of key customer event input.
  • Develop and execute changes to the demand plan based on changes in demand, promotions and market trends. Facilitate execution of new product launches, promotions and service challenges. Prepare, report, and communicate forecast performance to all stakeholders
  • Act as the primary liaison with the customer&##39;s Supply Chain team and where necessary Category team. Assemble and analyze data pertinent to creating the forecast (historical sales, market trends, seasonality, promotions and inventory levels), and provide insight and recommendations to improve process internally and externally.
  • Work cross-functionally with Business Development, Marketing, Supply Chain, Customer Service, and Operations to ensure cross-functional alignment and meet customer fill rate objectives.
  • Play a lead role in the annual budget process.
  • Track monthly forecast error results versus established targets and identifies and report on the root cause.
  • Facilitate IBP Level 2 Demand Reviews clearly interpreting the demand plan and underlying assumptions to cross functional audience
  • Collaboration planning with internal customers as part of Integrated Business Planning to layer inputs into baseline forecasts. Ensure reasonableness of forecast inputs. Challenge assumptions & escalate for executive decision as needed.
  • Responsible for baseline forecasts in a high SKU count and predominantly private label portfolio.
  • Support Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning process by reviewing model selection, determining stat adoption time window, providing 3rd Party feedback, monitoring the change introduced by statistical forecast adoption to baseline for sense check, and making appropriate adjustments to stat adopted baseline where necessary to align with business assumptions/expected trends.
  • Work to maintain +/-3% Bias and annual FA targets.
  • Support other arms of the Integrated Business Planning Process as needed (PMR, Supply Review, IR, MBR)
  • The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list of all tasks. Additional tasks and duties may be assigned from time to time as necessitated by business needs

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • IBP for SAP experience preferred
  • Ability to summarize and highlight key messaging
  • Understanding of statistical forecast principals
  • Experience leading category level Sales & Operations Planning required
  • Demonstrated communication, collaborative and analytical competencies
  • Experience leading category level Integrated Business Planning preferred
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills required. Intermediate required. Advanced preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment undergoing transformation
  • Knowledge of SAP/APO, JDA, or other demand planning software required. Experience with SAP APO preferred
  • B.S degree in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, Statistics, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering or related field
  • 3-5 years of previous experience in consumer product forecasting, preferably within the food industry or Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) related companies

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