Productivity of goods and the logistics of getting them from their raw materials sites to the shops, forecourts and wholesalers is all influenced by one thing: demand. There is no point producing millions of a product when there is only demand for hundreds of thousands. At the same time, though, producing hundreds of thousands when there’s a demand for millions will mean that the company is not as profitable as it could be and customers will look to your competition to fulfil their demand.
Keeping track of demand will be the task of the sales forecaster. The sales forecaster will have a series of statistics at his or her disposal on which to base the likely demand figures. At the root will be the ongoing sales charts, which will show trends over long periods of time, from which expected seasonal changes can be worked out. However there are other demand drivers at play, which must also be taken into account. If the sales and marketing team are organising a campaign, the sales forecaster will need to know – similarly if, say, a retailer is doing their own promotion on a product.
This is vital because the production, procurement and logistics teams will all need to know their expected levels of work and acquisition of raw materials. By having a more accurate picture they will be able to arrange supply, staffing, warehousing and transportation needs. Forecasters will generally work in the medium and short term timescales, the latter ideally being a fine-tuning of the former. No forecast can be 100% accurate, but by delivering workable predictions to production planners, the supply chain can be optimised.
Expertise in forecasting and sales & marketing will generally be considered positive skills in the forecaster. Also, an understanding of demand cycles within the industry in question will definitely stand the applicant in good stead.
With large and varied amounts of data coming into play, the sales forecaster will need an aptitude in cutting through the irrelevant data and seeking out the little gems that make the predictions more precise. The communications skills cannot be underestimated, either. Data will not always be on charts and graphs; it will sometimes be verbal, in the form of information from sales teams on the ongoing campaigns or leads. Any conclusions drawn from the data will then need to be clearly communicated to planners and production managers.
As Cast UK only deal with logistics, procurement and supply chain, 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. 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 best position for you.
People approach Cast UK for many reasons, whether seeking more job fulfilment or simply relocating with the family, so it’s good to know that we always have the complete range of positions available nationwide.
We are a growing force in logistics, procurement and supply chain recruitment, partly because supply chain, procurement and logistics are the only sectors we deal with. Our founder members and consultants all come from these sectors, so we know what employers and candidates are looking for in their staff and careers respectively.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Sales Forecaster for your business or find you a job as a Sales Forecaster then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
Located in the East Midlands, Leicestershire shares borders with a number of counties, including Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
Some of the main settlements in Leicestershire include Loughborough, Mowbray and Hinckley. There's also Leicester, which is situated right in the middle of the county and serves as the county town. All of these places offer a variety of Sales Forecaster opportunities.
Farming, textile manufacturing and food manufacture have traditionally played an important part in Leicestershire's economy. What's more, various cheeses and pork pies are said to have originated in the area.
As far back as the 14th century, the region has been a centre of industry, with early specialties including bellfounding, sand casting and stained glass. This continued throughout the 19th century, with projects including Great Paul, the largest bell in Britain, which once hung in St Paul's cathedral.
The engineering past of Leicestershire continues to thrive today. Noble Automotive, known for its high-performance sports cars, has its headquarters in Leicester. Meanwhile, Triumph Motorcycles is based in Hinckley.
Just some of the many companies based in Leicestershire include Pukka Pies, Everards, Stead & Simpson, Shoe Zone, AstraZeneca and 3M. There's also the Masterfoods factory, which produces a variety of pet foods.
Meanwhile, the East Midlands Airport is located in Leicestershire, so a number of freight and distribution companies have facilities in the area, including UPS, DHL and TNT.
If you're looking for a Sales Forecaster role in Leicestershire, the recruitment consultants at Cast UK can help.
Our team has significant knowledge of the procurement, supply chain and logistics sectors and we are committed to filling each vacancy with the right applicant.
What's more, our regional experts can provide you with all the information you need to know about progressing your career in a particular part of the country.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Leicestershire or source a new job in Leicestershire then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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