Demand & Supply Planning Lead - Upfield

Demand & Supply Planning Lead

Calling all Natural Channel Demand & Supply Planning Leads! 

Location: On-site at 433 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ (2-3 days a week)


About the position

The Supply & Demand Planning Lead is responsible for the Demand & Supply planning for the Violife brand.  This role with lead all planning activities including developing a bottoms up demand plan, work with our manufacturing team to build a supply plan, and work cross functionally with Manufacturing, Procurement, Operations, Marketing, Commercial, and Finance teams.

The Planning Lead will drive the full planning functions for the Violife brand and is a critical member of the Supply Chain team.  This person will be responsible for some of our key metrics including service level, stock level, material and finished goods products waste, and forecast accuracy and bias.  This person will work directly with our global manufacturing team, located in Greece.  They will work cross functionally to define our ordering strategy as well as communicate any opportunities or risk. 


So what does it take to be successful in this role?

Develop and maintains a robust demand plan at a SKU/retailer level combination utilizing data from multiple sources including shipment history and sell thru information.  Work cross-functionally with commercial and finance teams to ensure one plan aligned by all parties

Work with global production team located in Greece on weekly/monthly ordering process.  Review MOQs for shipments and ordering patterns.  Must be able to represent US local market to Greece team to ensure awareness of key local activities, risks, and opportunities.

Maintain SKU level DOH model and safety stock strategy at US warehouses to deliver best in class outbound service levels.  Review inventory levels at DC’s weekly to ensure inventory is distributed properly across the network and drive balance in the network where necessary.

Maintain relationship with local 3PM suppliers; plan and execute movement of stock and manage finished goods as well as raw materials.

Measure service level on a weekly/monthly basis.  Provide reason coding for all service misses and create action plans to correct for future shipments.

Measure forecast accuracy and bias on a monthly basis.  Ensure robust analysis of key drivers of forecast accuracy misses and create action plans to correct for future months

Facilitate the monthly S&OP process including leading cross-functional demand reviews and informing team of latest supply picture, including highlighting major risks.

Review inventory on a regular basis to understand stock health (expiration management), forecast waste, and drive action plans to reduce & mitigate waste. 


Minimum Requirements

Bachelor's degree. Minimum 5 years business experience in Supply Chain required, preferably in CPG / FMCG. Experience in Supply Planning, Demand Planning, Transportation, Warehousing, 3PL’s and Operations ideal. Demonstrated analytical problem solving. Excellent communication and interpersonal relation skills. Self-motivated and capable of taking a lead position in completing duties in a multifaceted work environment. Comfortable handling large amounts of data and understanding of Financial statements. Must have advanced MS Excel and PowerPoint skills; SAP experience a plus.


What’s next

If this position sounds interesting, please hit the apply button now! 

We understand your resume might not be up to date, we recommend that you apply with what you have or your LinkedIn Profile. Upfield is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workplace, we understand that you might not hit all the requirements stated in the description, but we encourage you to apply anyway. You might be the right candidate for this role or other roles. 

We prefer to receive your application before February 1, 2023. The first stage of the process will be a call with a recruiter. Either way, you will receive email notification once your application has been reviewed. 


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