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Sr Demand Planning Specialist

Company: Nestle
Location: Arlington
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:

As the world leader in nutrition, health and wellness for children from birth to preschool, Gerber Products Company is committed to creating a strong future. We joined the Nestle Nutrition family in 2007, and have been a partner in parenthood ever since. Our Anything for Baby team works closely with experts to create products that enrich and establish healthy habits for children, and are good for the planet as well. A career at Gerber provides meaningful opportunities to develop professionally, and nurture generations to come. Now is the time to define your future, and ours too.This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.Responsible for building item level demand forecasts across assigned portion of the product portfolio in support of the Nutrition business. This position contributes directly to the success of Nutrition by providing tactical and strategic analytical support to determine the most accurate forecast, driving effective monthly Demand Reviews to a cross-functional leadership audience to enable business unit decision-making. Main point of contact for Nutrition commercial functional teams collaborating on demand scenarios, root cause analysis and explanation of performance, identification of risks and opportunities and reconciliation of variance to organization's financial commitments to deliver targeted service for Nutrition Customers while minimizing inventory write-off exposure.Primary responsibilities:

  • Build a rolling 24-month demand forecast by item by shipping DC for assigned portion of the Nutrition product portfolio.
  • Analyze product and customer performance to inform item specific forecast assumptions.
  • Utilize available syndicated data to analyze trends related to consumption, distribution, incremental mix in development of demand plan.
  • Work cross-functionally with Brand/Category, Finance, Sales, and broader Supply Chain teams to influence and align on key demand forecast assumptions focused on driving forecast accuracy improvements.
  • Work with customer sales teams to ensure customer events are accurately captured in forecasted plans
  • Develop conclusions and make recommendations about forecast opportunities and risks to maximize business unit performance.
  • Serves as key participant in S&OP, leading discussions about key business drivers impacting the forecast including monthly Demand Reviews to an audience including key members of the business leadership team.
  • Provide visibility to sales forecast in the format, level and detail required by all customers. Communicate changes timely including underlying documented assumptions.
  • Develops processes to drive consistency in demand plan generation, with expectations of continuous improvement.
  • Own system setup accuracy for responsible items, DC's to ensure system operates accurately.
  • Understand customer specific inventory strategies in collaboration with customer facing supply chain to deliver accurate order/shipment forecast.
  • Face of the supply planning function to the business relative to service and fill rate
  • Support Nutrition Supply Chain establishing of standard methodologies and foundational processesFinancial/strategic impact: This role has a significant and direct impact on:
  • Demand Planning metrics and the overall Supply Chain process.
  • Inventory & Distribution Planning and options within safety stock, network set up, transportation strategyRequirements and minimum education level:
    • Undergraduate degree requiredExperience:5+ years of meaningful operational experience at market / business level is useful, in at least one of the following areas:
      • Performing market, category, product or competitive analysis
      • Sales Forecasting / Demand Planning
      • Factory Scheduling; Supply Network Planning; Procurement
      • Supply Chain Development
      • Experience in the following processes would be highly beneficial - Product lifecycle; Manufacturing; Distribution Planning / LogisticsSkills:
        • Ability to apply knowledge of multidisciplinary business principles and practices to achieve successful outcomes in cross-functional projects and activities
        • Ability to apply knowledge of multidisciplinary business principles and practices to achieve successful outcomes in cross-functional projects and activities
        • Experience utilizing syndicated data sources including IRI/Neilson and other POS systems
        • Ability to analyze, interpret and manipulate data from complex sources to draw conclusions
        • Strong analytical, quantitative and problem-solving skills resulting in action-oriented recommendations
        • Advanced skills using applicable software (Excel) and computer applications to generate analyses and reports
        • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
        • Ability to set priorities and meet objectives in a fast-paced changing environment
        • Ability to work with cross-functional teams in a project-oriented environment
        • Strong organization and time management skillsLI#HybridRequisition ID:217042It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestle. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Nestle seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you'll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestle home.The Nestle Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, perceived disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status, as defined by applicable law. Prior to the next step in the recruiting process, we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you may require any special accommodations in order to participate fully in our recruitment experience. Contact us at or please dial 711 and provide this number to the operator: 1-800-321-6467.This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.

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