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Demand Planner-B2B in Chicago, IL at Morton Salt

Date Posted: 1/10/2019

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Responsible for all aspects of demand planning for a specific business set, group of materials and/or producing plants. Accountable for providing accurate visibility of the demand to all stakeholders, and assisting in identifying growth opportunities as well as any risk factors to the current plan. Drive the forecast accuracy improvements within the assigned area. Collaborate and build/maintain relationships with business partners (e.g. Sales, Marketing, Finance, Production Planning) to gain insight on sales activities, market trends, and capacity status. Ensure adherence to demand planning process by all stakeholders. Maintain annual, monthly, and interim demand plans.

Responsibilities Develop, aggregate, coordinate, and rationalize the statistical forecast with sales, marketing, and  customer forecast data across the Salt Group.
Extract, validate, and control system parameters and demand data used for statistical modeling.
Prepare performance metrics analysis of significant disconnects and implement corrective actions.
Partner with Supply Chain team, Manufacturing, Logistics and Procurement to effectively align global supply with the  demand plan of record.
Drive continuous improvement within the Salt Group’s supply chain
Prepare and give detailed data-driven reports to functional partners, focused on identification of changes, risks and opportunities in the demand planning
Extract insights from data and be able to communicate clearly appropriate triggers and actions
Ensure product strategy, contract changes, market dynamics, and product substitutions are accurately reflected in the demand forecast
Analyzing new business opportunities ensuring that required quantities and timelines can be met from a supply/sourcing standpoint
Key leader in the Integrated Business Planning process, developing and distributing monthly reports and analytics to key stakeholders to communicate trending for strategic decision-making
Works cross-functionally with marketing, consumer insights, sales, finance to ensure alignment on consensus forecast as well as month-end post-analysis
Accountable to provide focus and integration of data from Marketing, Sales, Customer Marketing, and Finance, which are used to develop accurate and timely forecasts supporting Operations, Sales and Financial Planning
Ensure consistency of forecast assumptions across the business unit, including base business trends, promotional plans, new launch volumes, planogram changes and seasonal volume
Communicate demand forecast plans and the assumptions behind them through the supply chain
Track and report Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on significant forecast-to-actual unit variances, perform root cause analysis and make the appropriate revisions within the demand plan.
Lead in the creation of new product forecasts and their contribution to the product categories
Assemble and communicate Customer level plans with assistance from the account managers

Qualifications Bachelor’s degree required. Preferably in Supply Chain, Business, Statistics or Finance.
Minimum of 3-5 years of progressive experience in demand planning strongly preferred.
Commensurate experience in Supply Chain, Logistics or Operations will be considered.
Strong understanding of SAP, APO or other forecasting tools.
Demonstrated knowledge of demand management and demand planning processes and statistical forecasting.
Strong working knowledge of sales forecasting, marketing operations, financial planning, manufacturing and supply chain issues.
Superior planning, problem solving and analytical skills with an emphasis on data detail and accuracy.
Ability to collect, organize, analyze and report data, highlighting results and the assumptions behind the numbers.
Advanced Excel spreadsheet skills and strong mathematical ability.
Ability to manage multiple priorities, projects and deadlines.
Solid presentation skills and written communication skills.
Ability to maintain complete confidentiality and discretion in business relationships, and exercise sound business judgment.
Intermediate Microsoft Word & PowerPoint Skills.
Experience in Microsoft Access or Tableau a plus.
Able to prioritize, organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills, and the ability work in a team environment and drive results with various internal process partners.
Displays great integrity and trust, in addition to a desire to learn about the industry and company.
APICS, IBF or other Supply Chain Certification a plus.



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