Supply and demand are the cornerstones of business, but to those in the supply chain industry they mean much more. After all, they are the people who have to actually perform the supplying in response to (or, more precisely in anticipation of) demand. When you’re at the end of the supply chain where demand has to be delivered, which usually means you’re in retail, you don’t really care how the in-demand goods end up on your shelves as long as they get there and that you always have enough.
Demand planning is the part of supply chain that deals with these issues. They have to look at the whole picture to ensure that the right amount of goods are delivered to the customer when they are requested. If the toy car factory doesn’t get its wheels delivery, there will be no toy cars, so the demand planner will be charged with making sure the supply chain lives up to its name.
Since many retailers, factories and suppliers have multiple lines of productivity, the true picture of a supply chain can be enormously complex. Demand planners will work in teams, overseen by a head of demand planning or a demand planning manager. These people will be involved with taking business intelligence and supply requests from clients and working backwards through the chain to ensure delivery. They will oversee teams of planners and analysts who will be focused on certain streams that contribute to creating the finished products. They will be involved with customers, logistics teams and sales and marketing departments to build up a picture of future demand, which can then be acted upon with maximum efficiency.
Ideally, before running a demand planning department, you will have had good experience in supply chain planning and know all about forecasting, analysis and dealing with the logistical aspects of supply chain. In addition, you will need to be well grounded in analytical skills, with above average mathematical and business aptitude.
Without doubt, your ability to appraise situations and decide on the best way forward will be key to your success. You will be working on your own supply streams, and possibly overseeing a number of streams, without having to constantly receive instructions from senior management. Therefore confidence in your own judgement and a self-motivating mindset within the constraints of the job description will be helpful.
Ensuring you have the best information on the situation under your control and giving instructions on optimising and improving it will require great communications skills. As head of demand planning, you’ll also be expected to manage a team, and aptitude in this important skill will be helpful.
Applicants approach Cast UK for many reasons. They might be seeking more job fulfilment, they could have been made redundant or they might simply be relocating for family 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 a growing force in the UK recruitment industry, mainly because these are the only sectors we deal with. That means that many employers often 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 Head of Demand Planning for your business or find you a job as a Head of Demand Planning then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
The Romans, who loved a good mineral spring, knew all about the source, and would bathe in it between wine sessions. Centuries later the same spring would go on to make Leamington Spa’s fortune in the spa boom that gripped Britain in the nineteenth century. So popular was the town with Queen Victoria that she granted the town “Royal” status in 1838 (in fact it was called Leamington Priors until then, not Leamington Spa).
The town is located 20 miles (32 km) south east of the centre of Birmingham, 8 miles (13 km) south of Coventry and 27 miles (44 km) west of Northampton. As the popularity of spa towns declined towards the end of the nineteenth century, the town became a more typical industrial settlement, especially when the canals and railways came, although it kept some of its exclusive kudos and was a popular place for people from the cities to retire to or take a break. This led to it becoming a shopping town, and that aspect remains to this day. Engineering works, especially foundries, were common in the town, and that still goes on to some extent.
With an economically active population, good road and rail links, a fair amount of engineering work and some hi-tech industries in its business parks, Royal Leamington Spa is a deceptively promising place to find Head of Demand Planning work. As a commuter town for Coventry, Birmingham and Leicester, it also opens up fantastic opportunities for anyone willing to travel.
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.
If you’re looking for more information on the Head of Demand Planning positions available in Royal Leamington Spa or anywhere else in the UK, please get in touch so we can talk about what’s on offer.
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Our regional specialists can provide detailed information about the potential employers, the available job types and the average expected salary.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Royal Leamington Spa or source a new job in Royal Leamington Spa then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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