Design and generate weekly and monthly statistical forecast reports.
Continuously improving forecasting techniques, method, and approach.
Relate and measure the impact of forecast accuracy and forecast value added.
Maintain 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).
Gather and report necessary Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) metrics.
Proactively maintain planning system forecast.
Prepare the Monthly Account Planning Process (MAPP) and lead the S&OP / IBP process, encompassing S&OP and S&OE processes.
Work closely with Sales team on Collaborative Forecasting CPFR with certain clients.
Lead or support continuous improvement projects to achieve 99% customer fill rates.
Interface with all global business teams.
Domestic and International travel required. (30%-40% of time)
At least 3 years of experience running demand planning, forecasting, supply planning and S&OP processes with proven success in improving service and inventory.
Latin America experience preferred.
Background in master scheduling, forecasting, procurement and planning.
Strong knowledge of demand planning process within consumer packaged goods industry.
Knowledge of demand management / forecasting tools, forecasting processes in sales, marketing operations, finance, manufacturing and supply chain issues.
Knowledge of key inventory performance metrics, turns, margin contributions, etc.
Collaborative skills in resolving long and short positions in inventory.
Experience in managing end of life cycle and obsolete inventory.
Technical Knowledge Required :
Supply Chain Management
S&OP (Sales & Operations Planning)
Technical Knowledge Desired :
Production and Fulfillment Processes
Advanced Excel and Access
ERP : SAP, QAD, BPCS, JDA-Manugistics.
Business Intelligence : BW, OBIEE, Business Objects, Hyperion Essbase
Excellent communication : Internal, external, cross-functional, global.
Excellent analytical skills
High energy level / highly motivated
Results driven drives for action, for trying new things and for getting things done.
Excellent interpersonal and team work.
Ability to handle numerous projects simultaneously and lead cross-functionally
Financial analysis skills a plus