The Forecast Analyst/Demand Planner is responsible for supporting the company S&OP demand review process and working within the demand planning system to deliver forecasts to sales, marketing, supply planning, inventory, procurement, finance and operations. This role will help define solutions and support change adoption to improve forecasting performance, cross functional communication, and integrated planning. Responsibilities include evaluating and helping make demand management more efficient and responsive to the changing needs of both internal and external customers.
Essential Functions: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position:
Oversee daily activities to manage all customer demand streams that drive operations
Work with inventory, operations, sales and marketing teams to develop forecasts, forecast risks, and mitigation plans
Manage challenges, including new product launches, changes in customer buying patterns, unplanned events, natural disasters and seasonality
Provide key inputs, including patterns in sales trends, planned inventory flow, statistical data and forecast solutions
Review numerical goals and trends using algorithms, KPI’s models and WMAPE
Analyze and troubleshoot demand related issues efficiently and accurately
Develop routine and ad-hoc demand related reports for management
Update forecasts for new products, promotions and seasonality
Assist in developing annual budgets and support cost initiatives
Support demand inputs within ERP planning tools that drive planning, operational and procurement processes
Provide and review reports on forecast accuracy, bias, and trending for continuous improvement
Act as a ‘subject matter expert’ for JDA demand planning tools and software
Ensure promotional adjustments are accounted for and synchronized into the planning software
Maintain demand planning processes and ensure the best algorithm is being utilized to optimize accuracy and minimize bias
Ensure data integrity as it drives demand planning
Act as owner of unit forecast for all demand planned items, discontinued items, swaps, factor the impact of cannibalization, as well as various scenario planning needs
Oversee reporting to identify categories requiring additional analysis and/or adjust strategy based on changing business conditions
Maintain all required parameters in forecasting software
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain, Mathematics or related discipline
Experience with JDA (Blue Yonder) Demand, specifically Workbench and Worksheet, SAP, Oracle, etc.
1 – 4 years of forecasting/demand planning experience and working with large data sets
Strong analytical and problem solving skills with ability to think creatively, including knowledge of databases, SQL and query writing
Proficient with MS Office tools, including advanced Excel, Power BI, Word, and PowerPoint
Solid attention to detail and ability to multitask; ability to work as a team or alone
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to build customer relationships and effectively communicate throughout all levels of the organization
Detail oriented with an understanding of the big picture
Team oriented, hardworking, open minded, and flexible
Previous experience in forecasting, forecast management and weekly forecasting cycle preferred
Experience in Retail and/or CPG preferred
4 openings. Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 638
About ReaderLink LLC
Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC
ReaderLink is the largest full-service distributor of hardcover, trade and paperback books to non-trade channel booksellers in North America, including the biggest names in retail across multiple retail channels.
This broad customer base is unique in the industry and highlights our unmatched ability to service many different types of retailers: mass merchants, warehouse clubs, department stores, drug stores, grocery stores, military bases, transportation centers and others.
We distribute thousands of books to over 40,000 retail outlets every week. Our three strategically-located, state-of-the-art distribution centers span almost 25 acres under-roof and can reach any retail store in America, using standard ground transportation, within two business days. We employ the most modern technology, like voice-directed picking, radio frequency scanners, automated returns processing and sophisticated quality control tools. In addition, our Six Sigma-based processes will ensure that your orders are filled correctly on time, every time.