Develop and maintain an accurate demand plan/forecast. Monitor, analyze, and report customer sales and inventory trends. Assist the Forecast Manager with the annual sales budget.
Develop and maintain an accurate demand plan/forecast by monitoring customer sales, shipments, item seasonality, and other information provided by the customer and/or sales reps. Create and monitor new item forecasts as rollouts are submitted. Collaborate with customer’s planners regularly to ensure the forecast incorporates upcoming ads, inventory changes, and new and discontinuing items are well planned. Forecast and track items being discontinued and coordinate with customers to minimize obsolete inventory. Communicate forecast changes to Operations and Sales departments.
Sales & Inventory Analysis
Monitor and analyze customer POS, inventory, & in-stock trends. Report and document shifts and trends for the NAMs and Sales Team. Provide customers with ATC on hand and future receipts information and discuss any current/ potential shortages.
Assist the Forecast Manager with the annual sales budget. Calculate budget plan/forecast for current active items and present results to the Forecast Manager for approval. Provide monthly reporting of year to date and year end projections verse budget and last year for the National Account Manager’s territories.
Revise system forecasts as needed. Send notices to Operations alerting Production and Purchasing when changes are made to the system forecast. Work with Operations on current/potential shortages in order to minimize shortages and provide appropriate feedback to the customers.
Four year college degree in Business/Economics or related field or equivalent experience
Consumer Goods industry experience preferred
Strong analytical and statistical skills
Knowledge of the supply chain process
Strong problem solving capabilities
Ability to communicate effectively
Ability to handle multiple tasks
Strong priority planning skills
Intermediate to advanced computer skills including MS Office
Experience with Demand Solutions software preferred
Ability to continuously maintain a sitting position
Frequent use of upper extremities to perform keyboard function
Ability to occasionally lift objects weighing 50 pounds or less.