Demand Planner

Bel Group - Chicago, IL3.6

You know our brands, The Laughing Cow, Babybel, Boursin, Kaukauna, Merkts and Price's, which elicit smiles across America. They are daring, responsible and deliver dairy goodness. As you imagine, this mindset is contagious! Bel Brands USA is part of an international family company, which has led an ambitious growth strategy for 150 years and is today the world's third largest branded cheese company. If like our 12,000 employees globally, you want to have an impact in an entrepreneurial and demanding company, and share smiles around the world, dare to live the Bel experience!

Be you. Be ambitious. Be Bel.

Bel Brands USA has been named Chicago's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" for 10 years in a row. The company is headquartered in Chicago and operates three manufacturing plants in Little Chute, WI, Leitchfield, KY, and Brookings, SD.

This position is responsible for developing the most accurate customer / SKU forecast using JDA, SAP reporting and collaborative influence to obtain the most accurate assumptions for a short and long-term forecast. The position is based in Bel USA Corporate Office.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Leads customer meetings for SKUs that fall within area of responsibility in accordance with the Supply Chain Group practices.
Prepare, analyse and adjust data inputs for the generation of the baseline forecast within the JDA Demand Planning platform.
Monitor performance, recommend action plans, update and maintain JDA Demand Planning platform in a fashion that delivers forecast accuracy for their assigned area of responsibility as well as the department.
Manage the input of relevant promotions, new products, POS, customer market trends, historical adjustments and maintains information tables within the JDA Demand Planning platform.
Collaborates with sales, marketing and supply planning to obtain necessary information for the forecasting process.
Responsible for reporting on the drivers of the demand planning performance metrics monthly to the Demand Planning Manager for SKU’S that fall within area of responsibility.
Maintain JDA Demand Planning system to ensure new items are set up and forecasts are accurately transferring within the internal systems. Ensure discontinued items are removed from system. Use company established practices and procedures in the maintenance, problem solving and system enhancements related to SAP & JDA.
Meet or exceed all Demand Planning Key Performance Indicators utilizing SAP, JDA & BW as the reporting source for Demand Planning performance.

Qualifications and Competencies

1.) Minimum degree and experience required:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Supply Chain
Minimum 3 years experience in demand planning and statistical forecasting in a promotional driven, CPG environment
Minimum 3 years experience in using JDA Demand Planning
Minimum 3 years experience in using SAP Business Warehouse (BW)
Minimum 3 years experience in forecasting for short shelf life products
APICS / IBF certification is preferred
Must have strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Must have strong communication; written and verbal.
Ability to leverage Microsoft Office tools in the analysis and presentations for inter-departmental activities.
Ability to work with cross-functional teams in a fashion that embraces and drives positive change.

Performance Expectations: Quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, and thoroughness of work performed; ability to gain the trust and respect of management, coworkers and brokers; maintain the integrity of confidential business and product information; ability to communicate effectively and develop good working relationships with other employees is essential to accomplish goals and objectives of the department.

Working Conditions: Work is performed largely in an office environment. Hours of work will generally be during regular business hours with at least 40 hours or more a week. At times there will be some variation in work hours due to special projects, deadlines and other concerns. Occasional travel may be required.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Relationships: Will have strong relationships with Sales, Marketing, Finance and other Supply Chain individuals.

Bel Brands is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Bel Brands also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. It is also Bel Brand’s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring decisions.

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