Demand Planning Manager

Demand Planning Manager jobs

Planning demand and acting upon it is the holy grail of supply chain management. It will involve analysis of past demand combined with predictions of future events to come up with figures on which to base your own supply needs so as not to let down your customers. Crack the demand planning problem and you’re on your way to efficiency, satisfied customers and greater profitability.

The demand planning manager will oversee a team of analysts and planners to make sure customers’ demands are met seamlessly such that your supply operation runs at its optimum efficiency. It would be easy to continually supply a customer with goods, but if they are not selling them they will run out of space. On the other hand, supplying one unit every time one is sold is sure to keep their shelves stocked, but it is hugely inefficient. Somewhere in between the two is the sweet spot, and the demand planning manager will devote all his or her time to finding it.

The job will involve instructing analysts to research specific elements of your supply and customers’ predicted demand to identify potential issues that could lead to problems. The sooner such issues are found, the better the chances of arranging an efficient supply.

The skills required

Overseeing a team of planners and analysts requires a strong personality and great interpersonal and communication skills. You’ll not only be giving instruction and guidance to those you’re overseeing, but also taking, interpreting and implementing instructions from senior management.

You will be expected to fully understand the software solutions used by the team, and there could be some training, or at least organising training, as part of the job. Many companies will have their own systems, which can be quite complex, especially when a CPFR system is used.

Being the sort of person who is in touch with current events and follows the news and other media is a great help for being a planner, too. Unusual events that can lead to non-typical purchasing patterns can cause serious supply chain problems, but keeping in touch with current affairs and trends can pay dividends if it helps predict them.

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