Demand Planner

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Job Title   Demand Planner

Job Type Permanent

Location – Country   South Africa

Location – Province  Western Cape

Location – Town or City           Brackenfell, Cape Town

Purpose of the Job  To manage, maintain and ensure accurate customer demand forecasts through incorporating current and accurate market information to predict customer demands and provide the supply chain with the appropriate information

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Job Category           Retail


1.Develop demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation as part of a demand planning function

2.Create statistical forecasts:

– Gather, analyse and validate data

– Execute statistical modelling software

– Review resulting statistical forecast model

– Apply error analysis techniques to improve forecasting

– Summarize/aggregate statistical forecasts

3.Use and maintain Demand Planning software as primary forecasting system tool.

4.Maintain demand planning system and software

– Enter and modify data and ensure the correctness of product hierarchy

– Monitor trends in forecast error

– Identify relevant market-related data and competitive intelligence


1.Review historical sales trends and research demand drivers

2.Prepare forecast data based on sales analysis, develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results.

3.Review sales plans and budgets:

– Present, solicit, and assess feedback on the various forecasts from sales, and finance

– Recommend adjustments for operational forecasts

– Review promotional plans with sales

4.Interact with buying, marketing, and customer finance to understand demand forecast drivers.

5.Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions


1.Provide input to Sales Planning organization in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs.

2.Closely coordinate and communicate customer action plans with buying department

3.Achieve consensus for operational demand forecasts by facilitating a collaborative planning process with buying, marketing and finance:

– Prepare relevant material to facilitate research and discussion

4.Provide input to volume planning (Latest Estimates/annual process)

– Facilitate and manage demand planning/customer meetings

– Achieve consensus with finance and supply chain


1.Utilize a collaborative and consensus approach by working with Sales, Marketing and Customer Finance to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used to report on for demand forecasts.

2.Prepare and maintain relevant reports pertaining to demand planning process

Qualifications           • Degree in Logistics/Commerce/BEng

Experience              • 2-3 Years Experience in Demand Planning

Knowledge and Skills               •SAP Knowledge

•Statistical Modelling

•Demand forecasting tools and planning

•Supply chain principles and practices

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