Energizer Market Demand Planner in High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Market Demand Planner
High Wycombe - Bucks
The Demand Planner is responsible:
The total market forecasts within the respective markets (standard and promotional forecast in collaboration with Area Demand Planner). The responsibility to develop and maintain statistical forecasts in SAP-IBP will lie with the area team, but the Market Demand Planner will have direct responsibility to gather and challenge local market intelligence, to input the market intelligence into appropriate tool (ensuring SAP-IBP is up-to-date) and understand and maintain cannibalization effects with the right level of communication with the Area team to get the best possible total market forecast
Preparing and facilitating the key market demand reviews (for S&OP) meetings. He or she needs to ensure, that all key market functions understand and align with the total volume forecast and that the business director validates and signs it off. The Market Demand Planner must also ensure that they remain aligned with the area process and connected to the area meetings to share information and gain feedback to share in their respective markets
Improving forecast accuracy and the correct horizon with the aim to maximize sales (minimize service issues) while balancing this with working capital targets. The Market Demand Planner will focus heavily on execution in market with commercial teams and customers where appropriate to develop the best possible approach to planning and business delivery
Suggesting best Practice Development in market intelligence gathering tools; either within SAP-IBP or more generally market developed promotional tools with the end goal of getting to the most efficient approach for MI gathering. The position also holds responsibility for building our utilization of customer data tools for understanding in store trends and impacts on our forecast with the end goal of more collaborative planning.
Support area team by collaborating and sharing knowledge of historical events to filter and future gains and/or cannibalization impacts
Involved in creation of market intelligence with local Marketing & Sales departments to get to a realistic forecast:
Analyze and support a closed feedback loop with sales and marketing monthly on market intelligence to ensure we take every opportunity to improve our MI forecasting
Own entry of market intelligence into the appropriate supporting tool with the end result of IBP being updated and collaborate with area team on impacts to statistical forecast.
Collaborate with area DP team in analysis of forecasts and forecast error reports to improve forecast accuracy (net error and absolute error)
Build the pack for the market Demand Review (for S&OP) and facilitate the meeting and obtain the sign off of the forecast from the Market Business Director and connect to Area S&OP to understand impact of supply constraints
Identify and with the support of Area Team investigate root causes of forecast errors
support the implementation of the EMEA Roadmap for forecast improvement aligned to the priorities of your manager (Area Senior Demand Planning Manager)
represent demand planning and promote it's good practice and strategy within the market and with key market stakeholders.
Ensure that the forecast requirements for co-packing and co-packaging are up-to-date in IBP and validate the co-packing plan.
In case of lack of information from local Marketing, be able to support Customer Service by providing specific information (switches-major events such as NPD and important promotion) pro-actively, for CS to support delivery to customers.
Follow up on market SLOBs process.
To support the SKU rationalization process at a market level.
Required Skills and Experience
Solid working knowledge of a Supply Chain (specific DP background essential) gained in FMCG environment.
Fluency in English.
Strong IT skills i.e. Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Access.
SAP-IBP / SAP knowledge desirable
Degree level educated (or equivalent)
Very good communication skills
Organizational skills to handle of work flow and deadlines