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Associate Manager, Demand Planning

Chicago, Illinois Job ID 10700

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The primary role of this position is to lead a team of Demand Planners and ensure a rolling 18+ month forecast is developed, reviewed, published, and adjusted as needed by partnering with Sales, Marketing, Finance, and Supply Chain.  The Associate Manager will leverage best-in-class process and strategy to ensure the team is developing a consensus forecast by using insights such as promotional plans, distribution changes, shipment history, competitor activities and marketing plans.  This role owns and manages the overall demand signal, design and maintenance of the demand planning system, building the relationship with the Sales team, and managing the demand planning deliverables.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Own the execution of the Demand Planning function; accountable for ongoing improvement in forecast accuracy and partnership with internal/external customers
  • Collaborate with Marketing, Sales, and Finance to develop an 18-month, data-rooted, final consensus forecast for major business units
  • Review, validate, and present the demand plan in cross-functional forums such as pre sign-off and sign-off meetings (S&OP meetings)
  • Summarize and report key forecast changes and concise drivers of forecast accuracy performance to Supply Chain Leadership
  • Partner with Marketing, Sales, Finance, and Supply Chain leadership to drive business initiatives as part of the SCJ Strategic Plan
  • Conduct root cause analyses of forecast error and identify corrective actions, leading the Demand Planning Team to deliver KPI targets
  • Make recommendations to enhance business processes and identify opportunities to improve operational inefficiencies
  • Work with cross-functional partners on projects such as new product launches, obsolescence, and transitions to evaluate assumptions – new product forecast, pipeline fill, and cannibalization
  • Drive continuous performance improvement by supporting the Demand Planning Team in the defined daily/weekly processes

Required Skills / Experience / Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Mgmt, Economics, Supply Chain Mgmt, Finance or related field
  • 5-9 years relevant Demand Planning / forecasting background, preferably in a related industry

Preferred Skills / Experience / Competencies:

  • A fast-paced, multi-tasking expert with strong cross-functional project management capabilities
  • Expert communication skills; ability to coordinate across all levels within the organization
  • Proven leadership ability (previous management experience 2+ years is a plus); drive action, accountability, and influence decision making at any level
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis, linking root cause to action to KPI improvement; ability to simplify the complex

Job Requirements:

  • Position is Full-Time
  • Regular business hours, Monday-Friday
  • Travel expected, maximum 10-15%


SC Johnson & Son, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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