Mgr, Forecasting
Watson Pharmaceuticals - Parsippany, NJ

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Actavis, Inc., a well respected and fast growing specialty pharmaceutical company is looking for a Manager, Forecasting located at our Parsippany, NJ Global Headquarters. This position is responsible for all aspects of demand forecasting for inline products. Additionally, supports the monthly Sales & Operations planning activities.

Additional responsibilities will include:

Utilizing the corporate forecasting system to analyze customer demand, trends, and apply appropriate forecasting models to develop both short (12 month) and long-term forecasts. Serves as a communication leader between Operations, Marketing and Finance on forecasting issues including but not limited to production levels, consumption levels and product launch timing. Facilitates the Sales and Operations Planning Process. Develops and maintains documentation of assumptions driving the forecasted volumes. Compares and reconciles the relationships between product demand, factory sales, financial forecasts and inventory data. Makes recommendations to marketing management on future sales levels and supports strategic decision making process. Creates presentations relating to the forecast and environmental impacts on the forecast. Serves as a liaison between Generic Marketing, Operations and Finance.

Qualified candidates will have the experience in the following: creating forecast models for marketed products and manufacturing planning concepts and practices; advanced knowledge of personal computer hardware and software applications, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access (strong Excel skills required ); understanding of pharmaceutical industry data sources (e.g., IMS) and their application in the analysis and forecasting of product demand; s kill in implementing goals, objectives and practices for effective, efficient and cost effective management of allocated resources; communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions and implementing recommendations; building credibility and relationships with both internal and external customers.

Candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree in related field from an accredited college or university, three (3) or more years of relevant forecasting or other applicable experience in the financial services or pharmaceutical industry. Expertise/familiarity in the pharmaceutical industry preferred. Experience working within a formal Sales & Operations Planning process and with Demand Solution and/or SAP is preferred.

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