Kappa Search | Chicago Recruiters | Demand Planner SAP Job

Kappa Search Inc. is a Chicago technical staffing agency that specializes in engineering, technology, manufacturing and supply chain recruitment and placement. One of our top clients seeks a Demand Planner with SAP expertise for a great opportunity.
The key objective for the Sr. Demand Planner is to provide leadership and oversight to a team of Demand Planning Analysts. The focus is to implement a forecasting approach to help ensure product availability and minimize inventory exposure. Will develop and implement a proactive demand forecasting model and driving a structured approach in gathering data and formulating product forecasts to accomplish this goal. The Sr. Demand Planner will work closely with his/her team of Demand Planners, the Lead Supply Planner and Divisional Sales and Marketing to develop a  demand forecast at the SKU level and drive the entire forecasting process using the APO/DP forecasting system and proven techniques to enhance forecast accuracy and support the current supply chain initiatives. 
Primary Accountabilities:

  • Prepare day to day reporting at the program level.
  • Prepare for and participate in Sales Campaign Calls.
  • Prepare for and participate in S&OP meetings.
  • Address any trends identified from Monthly/Weekly reporting package.
  • Identify titles that require an ad hoc process and work with IT to ensure titles are passed accurately to R3.
  • Lead monthly consensus meetings for areas of responsibility.
  • Assume responsibility for monthly process resulting in consensus forecast based on input from divisional stakeholders (Sales, Marketing, Editorial, and Finance), adoption schedule, revenue potential and historical usage/trends.
  • Provide overall leadership, oversight and management of an assigned team of Demand Planning Analysts.
  • Work with IT to identify potential system issues and system enhancements.
  • Maintain constant and proactive communication with Supply Planning counterparts as to overall state of forecast by business unit, hierarchy, media type and channel.
  • Ensure that staff is providing consistent notification of consensus meeting outputs and alerts of material forecast changes in a timely manner in order to minimize business risks.

Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Business, Engineering CS or equivalent
  • Proven background in Demand forecasting.
  • SAP APO expertise
  • Several years experience with supply chain, logistics and/or transportation.
  • Master scheduling and/or supply network planning is desirable.