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BEE Position:
Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa
Job type:
Full time

Demand Planning Manager

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About this job

Degree coupled with min of 3 years’ experience of demand management, forecasting tools, forecasting processes in sales, marketing operations, finance, manufacturing and supply chain issues in the retail industry.

Key Results Area:

  • Manage retailer month end sales data analysis
  • Sell-thru reporting and analysis management
  • Manage forecasting and inventory analysis
  • New product launches and promotions management
  • Manage demand planning team in demand management activities.
  • Oversee daily activities of team and provide guidance as needed.
  • Work with management, inventory, supply chain and sales teams in demand planning operations.
  • Identify demand forecast risks and develop effective mitigation plans.
  • Develop demand plan based on business trends and demand patterns.
  • Analyse and troubleshoot demand related issues in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Assist in developing annual budgets and cost-effectiveness initiatives.
  • Maintain training materials and organize trainings to team members.
  • Follow and enforce company rules and regulations.
  • Develop routine and ad-hoc demand related reports for management.
  • Schedule forecast review meetings with management on regular basis.
  • Maintain demand planning processes to improve forecast accuracy.
  • Work with team to plan, coordinate and execute demand planning activities.
  • Assist in employee recruitment, performance evaluation, promotion and retention activities.
  • Update forecasts for new products, seasonal products, discounts, promotions.
  • Coordinate with inventory team to monitor and maintain optimal inventory levels.


Skills Required


  • 4 year qualification (Business, marketing or related field)
  • 3+ years related experience in demand planning or supply-chain planning
  • Experience in managing end of life cycle and absolute inventory.
  • Background in master scheduling, forecasting, procurement and planning.
  • Knowledge of demand management/forecasting tools, forecasting processes in sales, marketing operations, finance, manufacturing and supply chain issues
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Strong knowledge of demand planning process within the cosmetic and retail industry
  • Experience using ERP statistical software packages
  • Good communication and skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Extreme accuracy
  • Extensive spreadsheet analysis and strong mathematical abilities
  • Experience with MRP functionality
  • Knowledge of turn rates
  • Knowledge of key inventory performance metrics, turns, margin contributions, etc.
  • Ability to lead cross-functionally.
  • Collaborative skills in resolving long and short positions in inventory.
  • Strong background and experience in statistical forecasting, advanced planning analytics
  • Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously and prioritizing tasks based on demand despite changes in work scope or focus.
  • Open-minded, collaborative and team-oriented attitude with the ability to think outside the box for solutions to complex challenges.
  • Self-motivation, strong work ethic, and a passion for being hands-on in their work.

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