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Sr. Demand Planning Analyst

 

Location: Brea HQ 

Exemption: Exempt 

 

OUR COMPANY:

Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Forecasting and Demand Planning Senior Analyst role, supporting the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process.  This  individual will have ownership to manage one or more of the company’s sales channels and /or customer segments, including National Key Accounts and Regional Accounts.

 

A qualified candidate will have very strong analytical capabilities and interpersonal skills to successfully navigate the input and interactions with Sales, Supply & Fulfillment, Purchasing, and Product teams.

 

Through the collaboration with other departments and management team, the Senior Demand Planning Analyst will play an integral role in creating demand plans that drive the production necessary to achieve the company's customer service and revenue goals, manage forecast error down to targeted levels, and support the S&OP Demand Review meeting process.

 

The Senior Demand Planning Analyst will possess a strong analytical bias while having highly developed influencing and collaboration skills, and strong relationship-building skills.  An ability to build consensus and alignment cross-functionally will be the key to this position’s success.  Additionally, an ability to influence up to Supply Chain Leadership will be required and will prove effective in the development of robust supply strategies, and the adoption of the S&OP process company-wide. This will require the ability to maintain a high level of organization, commitment to follow through, enthusiasm and motivation, and to effectively manage relationships with internal and external partners.

 

As a Senior Analyst, this role will be asked to demonstrate leadership by facilitating monthly demand review meetings  and working to innovate "new to Ventura" solutions for Demand Planning systems and processes, to improve overall forecast accuracy.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the Demand Planning team's monthly customer and SKU level forecasts.   Work towards end state goal of developing specific segment(s) of the company’s “bottoms up” sales forecast for inclusion in the overall financial plan.
  • Support the Director of S&OP, Demand Planning, by assembling key forecast and metric information to feed the monthly S&OP Demand Review meetings.
  • Support efforts to refine the company's event management process with the objective of improving credibility and accuracy of incremental demand projections.    Assist in the determination of suggested "lift" quantities above baseline to Sales team; add confirmed lift to baseline demand to develop overall integrated plan.
  • Collaborate with the Sales team to develop and manage product assortments for selected segment(s) of the company’s product categories, sales channels, and/or customers.   Utilize available sell-through data from the company’s Key Accounts and provide detailed information that will assist with metrics reporting.  Be viewed as a leader and subject matter expert by Sales.
  • Lead the tracking of forecast accuracy.   Consistently review forecast accuracy versus pre-determined target levels, and identify opportunities for improvement in process.
  • Have a strong understanding of the company’s business strategies and initiatives, and apply these towards the SKU level forecasts that drive the financial plan and inventory management.
  • Be the key user and subject matter expert of company's forecasting software application, and leverage the tool strategically to support continuous improvement and business objectives.   Act as the key contact for Ventura Foods and the Demand Planning software company to resolve issues and to lead enhancement activities.
  • Effectively communicate and develop rapport with other departments, working towards ongoing improvement of forecasting accuracy.

Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS with an emphasis in Engineering, Economics, Business Operations, or Supply Chain/Logistics.
  • 5+ years of demand planning/forecasting/supply chain experience in a consumer products and/or retail industry (perishable products industry a plus), managing a demand plan for 1,000+ SKUs.
  • S&OP process experience / familiarity strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of forecasting software and best practice applications (Demand Solutions experience a strong plus).
  • ERP experience and proficiency (JD Edwards Enterprise One a plus).

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Very strong analytical skills;  working knowledge of statistics and forecast mathematics.
  • High and Advance level of Excel proficiency (VLOOKUPs, SUMIFs, Pivot Tables, etc.); spreadsheet creation and analysis, using common and sometimes complex formulas, is a must, including the skills to develop charts and reports.
  • Systems and database tools proficiency (forecasting tools, ERP planning applications, MS Access, SQL Database, etc.).
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Good presentation skills;  ability to clearly and succinctly convey complex information at an Executive Summary level.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
     

 

Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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