Demand Planner in Columbia, MD
Designing and generating weekly and monthly statistical forecast reports
Continuously improving forecasting techniques, method, and approach
Relating and measuring the impact of forecast accuracy
Evolving and maintaining documentation and standard operating procedures for demand planning processes and systems.
Conduct current and future forecasting analysis, insuring forecasting processes and methods are followed.
Assemble and analyze all data pertinent to creating the sales forecast (historical sales, market trends, seasonality, promotions, and eventually tier 1 account POS and inventory levels).
Establish and utilize best methods (statistical models and software tools) in creating forecasts and respective inventory targets.
Make recommended adjustments to forecast and inventory targets based on changes in demand and market trends.
Lead forecast and inventory planning meetings with Marketing Managers, reviewing recommended sales forecasts and inventory goals (emphasis on brand transitions, new product introduction, and promotions).
Manage inventory targets (including safety stock levels) that are approved by management.
Prepare, report, and communicate forecast and inventory measurements to management (forecast accuracy, inventory plan vs. targets).
Monitor SKU levels and recommend SKU rationalization initiatives in the future
Proactively facilitating, re-engineering, best practices & consensus between functional experts (Demand Planning, Inventory Planning, Purchasing, Sales & Marketing, Operations, Finance, and IT)
3+ years of purchasing experience
Demand planning experience
ERP software experience
Able to do pivot tables and V-Lookups
Strong analytical skills
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