Manage the development, review and implementation of an accurate forecast for use in financial, production and strategic planning processes. Identify areas of risk and opportunity to the business plan due to internal/external factors and alert Management. Drive the continuous improvement of the demand planning and inventory management processes and systems.
Interact & collaborate with Sales, Marketing & Finance partners in the development of the forecast. Challenge the forecast based on analytical data ' both quantitative (shipments/consumption) and qualitative (marketing, advertising, promotion) demand signals. Assure reconciliation of forecast with financial trend and clearly communicate risks & opportunities. Animate the forecast consensus meetings to ensure objectives are clearly identified and decisions are made.
Monitor performance vs. the forecast throughout the month identifying any key shifts or trends. Analyze forecast variation/deviation with the goal to minimize out of stock's and prevent the build of excess & obsolete inventory.
Interact with industrial counterparts to identify forecast deviation and/or supply chain constraints and establish Safety Stock levels.
Manage the product catalogue inclusive of product life-cycle. Analyze and interpret SKU effectiveness and efficiency. Guide/drive SKU rationalization.
Inventory management to drive action plans to reduce Excess & Obsolete.
Monitor the performance of new launches and animations versus the forecast. Develop ship share models to monitor execution versus ambition. Issue launch and animation assessments.
Participate in the inventory budget/trend preparation.
Lead/participate in special projects as needed.
Bachelor''s Degree or equivalent related experience
Minimum 3-5 years demand planning or related experience
Strong analytical, communication and organizational skills required
Experience working with a forecast software system (Atlas or equivalent)
Experience working within an SAP environment a plus
Proficient PC Skills '' Excel, Access
Ability to influence others