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.
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.
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 Manager for your business or find you a job as a Demand Planning Manager then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
Aldershot is a town that has grown up around the British army. It was a small village surrounded by barely useable land until the Crimean War, when a military base was located there. Within a few years the population had exploded from less than a thousand to around 16,000, which is about half its current population. It is known as the home of the British Army, and several regiments are based there.
The Hampshire town is located about 30 miles (50 km) south west of the centre of London, 7 miles (12 km) west of Guildford and 16 miles (26 km) south east of Reading. It is at the centre of a large conurbation that takes in Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet and Camberley, and together the population is close to a quarter of a million. Immediately to the north of Aldershot is Farnborough, home of one of the UK’s most important air shows, which is both a trade fair for military and civilian aircraft and a public spectacle.
While Aldershot is dominated culturally and, to some extent, geographically by the barracks, there is a static population living in the town and its adjacent neighbours, and there is a diverse range of industry in the area. Logistics and Supply chain professionals looking for Demand Planning Manager work should therefore find rich pickings in Aldershot. It’s well connected to the transport network, with the M3 passing to its north and a comprehensive rails service. And failing that, you might be able to hitch-hike on a tank.
With decades of experience in the fields between us, Cast UK’s team of recruitment consultants understands what it takes to be a successful candidate for every vacancy. Our regional specialists can provide detailed information about the potential employers, the available job types and the average expected salary. If you’re looking for more information on the Demand Planning Manager positions available in Aldershot or anywhere else in the UK, please get in touch so we can talk about what’s on offer.
Cast UK are constantly working with procurement, logistics and supply chain clients and applicants from across the country, and are devoted to filling each position with the best talent possible.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Aldershot or source a new job in Aldershot then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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