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Demand Planner

Advanced Drainage Systems

This is a Full-time position in Hilliard, OH posted September 21, 2022.

Overview

At ADS, no idea is off limits, and we celebrate creativity and bold moves. For more than 50 years ADS has been manufacturing a variety of innovative and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional materials. Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, we are a multi-billion dollar stormwater management company, manufacturing pipe and ancillary products. What does that mean? When it storms, we capture rain with our drain basins, convey it with pipe, store it using chambers and finally treat it with our water quality products, before safely returning water back to the environment. We handle, what we call, the entire lifecycle of a raindrop. Our products help prevent flooding, which increases quality of life for people living in large cities, suburbs, and rural towns. We also believe in creating a circular economy and are the second largest plastic recycling company in North America. We use plastic shampoo and detergent bottles to create pipe, diverting over 500 million pounds of plastic from landfills every year. ADS operates a global network of over 60 manufacturing plants and 30 distribution centers.

We have amazing stories to tell, and we need your help getting our story out there. To learn more about ADS, please visit our website at www.adspipe.com.

Responsibilities

Summary:

The Demand Planner is responsible for facilitating the creation of robust demand plans, analyzing key trends, and providing appropriate and accurate forecast signals for production supply to the customer while building effective partnerships with sales team. The Demand Planner partners with Planning Manager on reaching forecast consensus identifying and mitigating opportunities and risks. This position regularly interacts with sales, marketing, finance, and other business partners. This position will also support annual budgeting process to identify opportunity and identify risks.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with sales and marketing in the creation and monitoring of item level forecast.
  • Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast to reflect updated assumptions.
  • Utilize a collaborative approach to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used for demand forecasts.
  • Participate and support monthly Consensus S&OP meetings with Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain and Finance
  • Tracks actual vs. forecast, highlight trends to management and incorporates feedback into process improvement plans.
  • Generate multiple demand scenarios, identifying and raising visibility to risks and opportunities.
  • Provide key inputs and assumptions of forecast to key stakeholders.
  • Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results.
  • Review market forecast analysis to determine customer volume patterns and drive overall monthly forecast accuracy target.
  • Participate in long range planning activities. Work with Sales to gain valuable insights to trends and key volume drivers.
  • Planning system maintenance including but not limited to ensuring accurate set-up and data integrity within system, reviewing exceptions, executing demand planning calendar tasks on time, leading, and providing input on forecast related meetings, understand statistical modeling and how user input impacts the forecast, and reviewing consumption trends and taking corrective action/research.
  • Drive continuous improvement by examining existing demand planning processes and making recommendations for improvement. Track change performance.
  • Share knowledge cross functionally and participate in cross functional projects as needed
  • Drive continuous improvement of forecast accuracy and bias through a developed understanding of demand by providing, gathering, and challenging information.

Job Skills:

This position should possess the following skills/knowledge:

  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Able to build productive workplace relationships that foster collaboration while appropriately challenging status quo and assumptions.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Excel
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Able to present to executive audiences
  • Ability to influence and align multiple perspectives and opinions
  • Able to demonstrate agility under pressure
  • Self -starter who is able to operate independently while managing multiple priorities

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in business, management, finance, or Supply Chain

Preferred Experience:

Two years’ experience working in demand, sales, supply chain, planning, and/or FP&A.

Physical Requirements:

The employee will be typing, answering phone/video calls, and will work from a computer in a stationary position throughout the day.

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