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Demand Planner

Job Description
Job Title: Demand Planner                           Job Status/Grade: 2
Location: Norton Shores, MI                          Department: Supply Chain
Reporting to:  Materials Manager                     Direct Reports: None
Reporting to the Materials Manager, the role of Demand Planner is responsible for managing the inventory demand planning for Essentra Industrial Supply. Primary focus is on the analysis & review of demand in order to establish appropriate inventory levels and ensure continued supply to the customer base.
  • Undertake the regular analysis and review of inventory planning parameters for the business; including the management of ’ABC’ codes for all SKUs
  • Maintain focus on driving value and improvements into the demand plan such as to directly support the Company’s objectives for stock availability & on-time dispatch (OTIF %)
  • In cooperation with colleagues at each location manage local stock holding to best meet the overall Company’s service, inventory & working capital objectives
  • Operate closely with Product Management & Procurement functions in the review of inbound supply constraints; agree and deliver against specific action plans accordingly
  • Support new product introduction (NPI) to ensure appropriate initial inventory levels and a suitable framework for review during the early-growth phase. Alongside Product Management function seek to continually improve upon each NPI cycle to maximise revenue & customer service
  • Build collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders within Sales & Commercial, Product Management, Purchasing, and Operations to drive accountability and functional alignment
  • Improve methods of incorporating forecast and customer data into the demand plan to drive inventory optimisation without compromising key service & availability metrics
  • Support the wider initiative of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) by aiming to integrate commercial & market intelligence into Supply Chain operations
  • Proactively identify and implement functional improvements - process, system and data - in line with the Company’s strategic objectives
  • Proven track record in a similar role, ideally with experience of operating with a high-volume low margin product base
  • Graduate, or similar professional experience, with an emphasis on purchasing, supply chain management, logistics management
  • Experience of ERP systems (e.g. SO99, BPCS), along with being highly competent in MS Excel & Access
  • Able to manipulate, analyse, and interpret large & varied data sets to support decision making
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with so as to communicate appropriately with all levels of the business
  • First class time-management and organization skills to support working in a versatile & fast-paced role
  • A willingness to be forward thinking and accept any changes necessary for the progress of the department or Company