In any industry, ensuring supply meets demand is essential for business success.
The role of a demand planner is to analyse market trends, buying statistics and other indicators and create strategies to make sure that all orders are fulfilled on time and that waste is minimised.
For example, seasonal changes and special occasions could lead to an increase in business - and therefore an increase in demand. Meanwhile, if the company has started a new advertising campaign or is somehow enhancing its offering, production levels may also need to be increased.
This is why demand planners will usually consult a variety of statistics and trend forecasts, as well liaise with other departments internally, such as the sales and marketing teams, account managers and those in logistics and procurement positions.
Demand planner roles will vary from company to company, but in general, candidates for this type of job should have an ability to think analytically, while good commercial awareness and a drive to make improvements to the existing sales and operating planning process (S&OP) are also essential.
Excellent numeracy and communication skills are a must. It’s likely that you will need to report your findings to directors and stakeholders, so you should also be comfortable making presentations.
In addition, you should be computer literate and comfortable using spreadsheets and database programs, as well as the Microsoft Office suite.
To find out how Cast UK can help you find your next role as a demand planner, contact us today.
Our team of friendly recruitment consultants have extensive experience in the procurement, logistics and supply chain fields, and have worked in the industry themselves.
This means they know what it takes to succeed in these jobs and they can provide the advice and assistance you need to find a vacancy that matches your particular skills, qualifications and objectives.
Cast UK works with clients and candidates in locations across the country to match the best talent to every role. To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Demand Planner for your business or find you a job as a Demand Planner then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
As the most populous region of England, the South East stretches from Oxford to Southampton and from Reading to Dover, comprising some parts of the Greater London Urban Area and a number of the Home Counties, such as Buckinghamshire , Kent and Surrey.
The largest city in the in the South East is Brighton and Hove, while towns like Chatham, Gillingham and Strood make up the Medway conurbation, which has a similar population.
Over the years, the area has been an important part of the UK's economy and has been a centre for innovation - from the Enigma machine and Alan Turing's breakthroughs in computer technology, through to the development of Britain's space programme at Westcott.
Those looking for Demand Planner jobs in the South East will have a range of options to consider, as the region is home to a number of large companies specialising in everything from car manufacture to pharmaceuticals, food and beverages to petrochemicals and packaging to retail.
The main branch of Amazon.co.uk is based in Slough, while other top-name brands in the South East include PepsiCo, Harley-Davidson UK, Vodafone, Hovis, Ben & Jerry's, Blackberry, Panasonic UK, HP UK, Virgin Media and ExxonMobil UK.
Of course, transport is also a major part of the South East's economy, with Gatwick Airport, South Eastern Rail and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the Port of Dover all important elements.
If you're looking for a new Demand Planner job in the South East, or elsewhere in the country, the team of regional experts at Cast UK can help you find the perfect position.
Our team of recruitment specialists have significant experience in filling vacancies in logistics , procurement and supply chain management, and we will work with you to find the right match for your skills and qualifications.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within the South East or source a new job in the South East then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
As a candidate, our consultants work to ensure your next role adheres to all of your requirements, taking the time to discuss your career aspirations, long-term goals, suitable opportunities, and compatible businesses.