Demand Planner

Location: Howden, Yorkshire

Hours: 37.5

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 29 May 2019

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Demand Planner

Demand Planner – Howden

Howden Joinery Group PLC is actively recruiting for an experienced Demand Planner to support the Operational and Planning team based in Howden within their Supply division.

As a Demand Planner, you will be responsible for forecasting as accurately as possible, expected demand for stock on all Primary Distribution Centres, for a chosen group of products. You will achieve this by reviewing Sales, Allocations & Despatch History and adjusting it where necessary, creating the most appropriate Statistical Forecast Models, seeking out & applying relevant MI and selecting the best forecast model, based on forecast accuracy metrics, sales & growth / decline trends.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create accurate forecasts of expected demand on a group of products, across all primary warehouses, from all UK Depots, by reviewing Depot Sales & Primary Allocations history, as well as creating & selecting appropriate forecast models at SKU Code level.
  • To seek out appropriate MI from marketing, route to market support and supply planning teams and apply these where appropriate to improve the accuracy of the demand forecast.
  • To review Forecast Accuracy performance, with a view to delivering year on year performance improvement. To validate that MI Forecast Adjustments applied to Depot Sales or Primary Allocations are in fact improving forecast accuracy.
  • To review the SKU Groupings for both Statistical & Alternate forecast models, as well as the groups used for Allocations Profiling, to ensure that they are appropriate & support the highest level of forecast accuracy.
  • To monitor, with a view to pro-actively responding to and /or anticipating the impact of : NPI launches, Cutovers, Depot ROP & SBO activity, changing Sales / Allocations Trends & Patterns, Depot Lead-Bank, Allocations Order-Book, Depot Promotional Activity (local & central) & Marketing Price Actions.
  • To provide appropriate context information to the Supply Planning teams on forecast selection, the application of MI & forecast accuracy performance, to build trust & confidence in the demand plan.
  • To ensure forecast queries are responded to & tactical forecast changes are completed within the SLA timeframes agreed with key customers

Experience required:

  • Demonstrable experience of forecasting
  • Good knowledge of IT systems (SAP APO ideally)
  • MS Excel
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels

Our Business

Howdens Joinery was founded in Yorkshire in 1995. In its first year of operation it had just 14 depots and sales of £1m. Today, Howden Joinery Group has grown to become the UK's leading supplier of kitchens, with the largest kitchen rigid cabinet manufacturing capacity in Europe. It employs over 8,000 people, has over 640 depots nationwide and generates annual sales of over £1.3 billion and it is still growing.  The Supply Division is responsible for inspirational design and development, sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and providing aftersales support to service their one customer, the depot.

 

 

Howdens Joinery was founded in Yorkshire in 1995. In its first year of operation it had just 14 depots and sales of £1m. Today, Howden Joinery Group has grown to become the UK's leading supplier of kitchens, with the largest kitchen rigid cabinet manufacturing capacity in Europe. It employs over 8,000 people, has over 650 depots nationwide and generates annual sales of over £1.3 billion and it is still growing.  The Supply Division is responsible for inspirational design and development, sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and providing aftersales support to service their one customer, the depot.

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