Demand Planning Lead

Title: Demand Planning Lead

Location: Lagos

Our Client, a Pharmaceutical Company is looking to engage the services of a Demand Planner, to oversee its Demand and Supply Planning activities.

Responsibilities

  • Develops demand & supply forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of

aggregation for multiple time horizons as part of a demand planning function;

● Reviews historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data,

develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results;

● Coordinates cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances

and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions;

● Ensures that risks to the business are escalated within business-wide category

planning forums with Root cause analysis and recommendations for mitigation.

● Maps out demand drivers assumed in forecast & validate them against statistical

and historical events, Interact with provider engagements, operations and finance

to understand demand forecast drivers, Lead forecast bias and forecast error

corrective action within the categories

● Utilizes a collaborative and consensus approach by working with provider

engagement, Customers and Finance to obtain and ensure that current and

accurate information is used for demand forecasts; Use and maintain the Demand

Planning software as the primary forecasting system tool and support projects

around forecasting.

● Provides input for Supply Planning in developing inventory strategies on existing

items, new products, and product phase-outs.

● Coordinates and communicates customer action plans with supply planning

  • Monitor and communicate any imbalance or potential KPI miss with options to mitigate on a weekly and monthly basis. Key KPIs to monitors are Demand Forecast Accuracy, (DFA), Forecast Bias, Case Fill Rate (CFR), Inventory, Month End Peak (MEP), Invoice Accuracy (IA), etc and any others are assigned in the course of operations.

● Follow through with issues and actions arising within the monthly business

management cycle and ensure they are managed to completion.

● Reviews historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data,

develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results;

● Coordinates cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances

and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions;

● Ensures that risks to business are escalated within business-wide category

planning forums with Root cause analysis and recommendations for mitigation.

Requirement

● An entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for the Company’s mission to increase the

accessibility and affordability of high-quality medicines.

● A strong work ethic and a proactive “can do” attitude that requires minimal

supervision.

● Fluent English with excellent writing, verbal, analytical, and organizational skills

● Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel and ERP solutions

● Demonstrate strong analytical skills;

● Working knowledge of software related to demand planning is preferred;

● Demonstrated knowledge of S&OP and the demand planning process;

● Experience managing internal communications, working cross-functionally to

deliver results; Strong interpersonal skills are also essential to effectively interact

with all teams, areas and levels of the business affecting the forecast process;

● Demonstrated proficiency in statistics, forecasting and forecasting methods with an

understanding of their financial and operational impacts;

● Experience of working in the FMCG industry with a proven track record of

supply chain, demand planning and customer collaboration.

Qualifications

● Bachelors’ degree in Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Statistics or Economics, Supply chain

management, Data Science.

● 6-8 years’ experience in an analytical or supply chain role in retail,

pharmaceutical/FMCG environment

● Strong use of analytics, user research, and business cases to drive decisions and

improve forecasting and Demand Planning

If you meet the above requirement, kindly share your CV in word format to cv@fmcgsearch.com with demand Planner as Subject of the mail. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Job Location: Lagos

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