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Senior Demand Planner

Location: Waltham
Company: Mars Confectionery
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Senior Demand Planner, Waltham, Leicestershire
Salary: £32,528 - £40,660
The WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute is Mars Petcare's world-renowned pet research centre. Our work focuses on the nutritional and behavioural needs of pets, as well as on preventive health. We use this knowledge to support development of innovative products and services, advancing science to deliver our Purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™!
An exciting opportunity for a motivated and forward-thinking Market Planner to join a busy and friendly team at Mars. This is a critical operational and strategic role in the business, consequently the jobholder is required to have a broad understanding of market dynamics and supply capability. Working closely with Marketing, Customer Development and Product Supply, the jobholder is responsible for constructing the volume business forecast through close liaison with the European Central Planning functions.
It will be the responsibility of the jobholder for analysing, forecasting and influencing critical business decisions across all levels of the business to drive success.
The jobholder ensures their brands have a robust volume planning process which is necessary for the timely delivery of sales forecast submissions. This requires working closely with the financial planning team to highlight where current plans are at variance with strategic targets.
What are we looking for?
- Essential to have several years' experience in a Market Planning/Demand Planning role
- Degree desirable but not essential.
- Ideally work experience within FMCG
- Must be highly numerate and analytical with strong interpersonal and influencing skills.
- Experience of operating complex systems within a sales/supply chain environment in particular advanced Excel plus knowledge of front and end reporting systems e.g Tableau or Power BI
What would be your key responsibilities?
- Providing tactical and strategic insights on the forecast based on run rates, playbook guideline compliance and forecast building block assumptions in order to deliver the operating plan.
- Building a strong, collaborative relationship with product supply, providing a single point of contact to support Customer Service Level and stock management initiatives, developing and aligning the short-term planning principles and practices.
- Submit volume forecasts to the factories on a weekly basis which reflects a considered view of all information available including customer forecasts and supply chain data, market audit information, segment history, marketing plans, competitor activity and other sources as appropriate.
- Drive and develop the processes that provide key decision-making information to the Marketing, Activity Management, Category and Demand Management.
- Work closely with Demand Planners to understand how customer data sources and ways of working can be incorporated to proactively influence the sales forecast accuracy and bias at a customer and total market level.
What can you expect from Mars?
- A competitive salary and benefits package, including excellent pension.
- Pet friendly offices, where your pet is as much a part of the family as you are.
- A company that understands the importance of a work-life balance.
- The chance to take hold of your own career, and develop personally and professionally.
Closing date: 21st May 2021
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