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Demand Planner in Chicago, IL at Lucas Group

Date Posted: 12/8/2018

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Job Summary

Responsible for developing a demand plan for assigned product segments and implementing all forecasting processes associated with creating an accurate demand signal for supply chain. Individual will develop and maintain forecasts at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons by incorporating business intelligence and business partnering with sales, marketing, finance and other sources to meet sales and service objectives. Use of demand planning software to track and evaluate promotional and run rate trends.  Drives the monthly forecasting process through leading discussions with sales, marketing and finance groups.  Develops and communicates future demand plans that drive supply chain planning processes.

The Demand Planner is the integration point into the sales and commercial organization. Basic forecast modeling is the responsibility of this position. This position leads the dialogue each month for their respective customers and products with key counterparts in Sales and Marketing.  Works as a business partner with Sales and Marketing to provide insights and recommendations to the forecast.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons.
  • Planning at a high level of detail and data in Excel.
  • Review historical sales trends and seasonal trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models and evaluate forecast results
  • Lead the process to understand demand forecast drivers. Partner with sales, marketing and customer finance to be an insights driver and a contributor to business decisions.

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in logistics, statistics, business or other mathematically related fields.
  • At least 2-5 yrs. experience in Demand planning, forecasting, supply planning experience. Experience with a CPG company a plus
  • Experience with Cognos and Smoothie Systems is strongly preferred
  • Expert Microsoft Excel skillset
  • Excellent analytical, statistical, and organizational skills. Must be detailed oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to lead and influence other in reaching a consensus forecast.
  • Previous experience with statistical forecasting and related forecasting software, with understanding to cross-function supply chain concepts.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Previous experience with working with detail and strong skills in analyzing data is essential, with attention to details and big picture trends.
  • Experience with facilitation of Forecasting and Consensus meetings/discussions.
  • Experience with using reporting software tools a plus