There are countless factors that can influence demand on a product you are supplying to customers. They can be as predictable as the summer and winter demands for ice cream or as frantic as a sudden and unexpected shortage of a product due to adverse weather or transport issues. The job of the demand planning analyst will be to ensure that demand is fulfilled by a mixture of effective forecasting and an ability to crisis manage demand.
Good analysts will not simply take stats as read, of course – they will try to delve deeply into as many influencing factors as possible and come up with more precise results in order to improve efficiency of ordering and cut down on warehousing and distribution costs. The calculations will also need to be presented to senior management in a regular reporting schedule that can help them with the company’s finances.
Modern demand planning uses technology to automatically communicate demand from retailers and manufacturers, using their own databases to collaboratively predict and respond to demand. Part of the demand planning analyst’s job will be to liaise with customers to set up and optimise these automatic channels. Automation is only as good as the analysis that goes into the system, so this role will be an essential part of further increasing its value to the supplier.
Analysis of any kind will require a mathematical mindset, and demand planning analysis is no exception. The figures you come up with will need to be bulletproof within the natural limitations of any predictive speciality. Not only that, but you might be required to argue your case, based on your figures, with senior management, who might have been doing things their way for many years. If you have the confidence to challenge their assumptions and are proved right in the long run, your personal stock will be greatly improved – not to mention your employer’s.
As some demand planning analysis, particularly for a large, complex company, might involve a team of analysts, a personable nature and team ethic will be essential qualities. Should you be in charge of a team of analysts, people management skills will be a must.
People approach Cast UK for many reasons, whether seeking more job fulfilment or simply relocating for personal reasons, so it’s good to know that we always have the complete range of positions available nationwide. Please see what’s available in your region and if you’ve seen something you’re interested in, do get in touch – whether it’s today or tomorrow, we might have the ideal position for you.
Cast UK’s founder members and consultants all come from the logistics, procurement and supply chain sectors, so we know what employers and candidates are looking for in their staff and careers respectively. Cast UK is growing in this part of the UK recruitment industry, mainly because these are the only sectors we deal with, which means that many employers come to us first to create a candidate shortlist because they know we’re tightly focused on delivering the best people to them.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Demand Planning Analyst for your business or find you a job as a Demand Planning Analyst then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
The cathedral city of Lincoln has been an important location throughout our island’s history. Iron age settlements have been excavated there, and under the name of Lindum Colonia, it became an key Roman town. It formed the junction of several roads to London, York, the East Coast (present-day Skegness), and the fort of Venonis, near present-day Coventry. The Roman roads still stand out on the map, in the shape of the A46 running south-west towards Leicester, and more notably the north-south running A15 to Scunthorpe, which would follow a perfect straight line all the way were it not for a kink around RAF Scampton, home of the Red Arrows.
The town was largely agricultural until the industrial revolution and the arrival of the railways, which brought many industrial entrepreneurs to the city. One of the companies that was to set up in Lincoln was William Foster & Co., which would go on to design and build the first tanks in their Lincoln factory during the First World War. Much of this heavy industry is no longer in existence in the city, following a series of conglomerations and takeovers, although there is still a large Siemens works and gas turbines remain the largest single source of employment in the city. Most of the old engineering plants have now been converted into small manufacturing, IT and service industries.
The university and tourism are important attractions for jobs and visitors, and there are several out of town retail parks around the city. It is a beautiful city to live and work in, so if you’re on the lookout for a Demand Planning Analyst job in Lincoln, look no further than Cast UK.
With a wealth of experience in the procurement, logistics and supply chain fields, our team of recruitment consultants understands what it takes to be a successful candidate for every vacancy. We work with clients and applicants from across the country, and are committed to filling each position with the best talent possible.
If you’d like more information on the Demand Planning Analyst positions available in Lincoln or anywhere else in the country, do get in touch so we can talk about what’s on offer. Our regional specialists can provide detailed information about the potential employers, the available job types and the average salary that you can expect to earn.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Lincoln or source a new job in Lincoln then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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