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Demand Planner-Forecaster

Company: UNFI
Location: Providence
Posted on: June 6, 2024

Job Description:

Job Overview:The primary responsibilities of a Demand Planner Forecaster will be to manage customer and internal promotional projections and incremental forecasts for turn inventory or new products across all UNFI regions and National Procurement categories representing over 185 million cases and $4.5 billion annually. The incumbent will work collaboratively with Customer Care, Replenishment, Merchandising, Sales, and Retail Customers to determine the amount of inventory needed for customer promotions and other events above and beyond normal turn inventory. The incumbent will be responsible for driving total demand signal accuracy, customer fill rate, and limiting excess product related to incremental sales volume.Job Responsibilities:Responsible for accuracy and timeliness of forecasting all additional demand needs to drive fill rate without generating excess through weekly forecast reviews, direct engagement with internal and external key stakeholders, and detailed historical and trend analysis (25.0% of responsibilities)Be able to influence key retailers to drive for the most accurate demand signal through data and industry knowledge (15.0% of responsibilities)Decision Maker on all forecast accuracy touchpoints for UNFI and retail driven promotions leveraging historical and customer-provided data 10.0% Builds and leverages strong relationships with highly complex customers and suppliers to drive results and hosts regular meetings to drive accountability (5.0% of responsibilities)Ability to work independently to identify opportunities, determine the best way forward and implement solutions (10.0% of responsibilities)In concert with key partners develop and oversee and execute the strategy for seasonal volume builds generating an action plan and maintaining accountability throughout the planned activity (10.0% of responsibilities)Generate and successfully utilize systemic and Excel based reporting to drive daily execution of all duties including mid and post action reviews to drive understanding and action and leftover and OOS visibility to understand root cause and implement changes for future activity 5.0% Review reporting with key stakeholders and maintain accountability with internal and external partners (3.0% of responsibilities)Engage with Customers, Manufacturers, and external UNFI departments as the subject matter expert on Demand Planning processes and actions taking follow up action where appropriate to support the business (5.0% of responsibilities)Responsible for ensuring overall promotional maintenance is completed including but not limited to ads/deletes, date changes, type changes, and quantity adjustments (5.0% of responsibilities)Engage key stakeholders to oversee the creation and management of non-promotional added demand including, but not limited to, new item launches, new and added stores, DC sourcing changes, new customers, and loss of customers (3.0% of responsibilities)Take a continuous improvement approach to all aspects of their assigned desk, sharing opportunities and improvements across the team to encourage broad based improvement and efficiency (2.0% of responsibilities)Educate and train internal and external partners on expectations and impacts of incremental demand accuracy to drive accountability on timeliness and completeness of ads and ensure proper processes are followed to maintain visibility and drive action at the right levels (2.0% of responsibilities)Performs other relevant job duties as required.Job Requirements:Education/ Certifications:Bachelor s degree in related field preferred or equivalent experienceExperience:3-4 years of relevant experience.--Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities:Have a thorough knowledge of procurement and logistics processesGeneral understanding of promotional practicesStrong analytical and math skillsetProficient in Microsoft ExcelCapable of learning and utilizing multiple disparate systemsAbility to identify and understand trendsAbility to investigate and analyze information and to draw conclusionsExcellent problem-solving capabilitiesStrong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community Ability to use own judgement to make decisions and drive resultsCan work independently as well as with a larger groupAbility to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projectsAbility to use independent judgement and to manage and impart confidential informationAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. UNFI is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for all. - M/F/Veteran/Disability. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Keywords: UNFI, Providence , Demand Planner-Forecaster, Other , Providence, Rhode Island

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