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Senior Associate, Demand Planning - CT OFFICE
[Nov 12, 2018]



The Senior Associate, Demand Planning will report to and work closely with the Manager, Supply Chain to manage demand signals for products to effectively drive the Supply Chain as well as provide an accurate demand plan to guide the gross sales (shipment) plan. This position will play a pivotal role in the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process by collaborating with the Supply Planning, Sales, Marketing, Finance and BPI’s supply network teams to ensure alignment in strategy between the forecast and financial plans. Will be responsible for supporting the business strategy by leading initiatives covering sales forecasting up to new product plan launches and all systems development in such a way to improve the service to customer and add value towards the supply chain. This position will establish procedures and/or opportunities for streamlining forecasting activities, S&OP process and increase performance.  The successful candidate will have business acumen, operations background; possess strong communication skills, and the ability to work well with cross-functional departments.





  • Conduct and execute the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process for the business. Lead a daily, weekly & monthly cadence of Operations Plan and Executive S&OP engaging at the appropriate level for the businesses orchestrating action, integration, and alignment on priorities.


  • Manage the forecasting and planning process, lead the implementation and drive the improvement plans in terms of process, system and people skills. Develop tools and processes designed to support forecast accuracy. Lead the analytical process and determine how to optimize the process to attain the highest forecast accuracy with a variety of inputs.


  • Ensure proper analysis of sales performance and deviation roots causes. Prepare various reports – KPIs (key performance indicators) as well as diagnostic measures to analyze and recommend courses of action for the operational forecast.


  • Maintain SKU Market and Customer group forecasts in the system as part of a monthly process cycle for a specific product category or channel.


  • Communicate ongoing forecast changes to stakeholders in the Supply Chain, Sales, Finance and BPI’s supply network teams.  


  • Set and lead effective processes to coordinate with all functions in order to achieve efficient, accurate and timely execution of projects and product launches in line with defined timings. Lead in the creation of new product forecasts and their contribution to the product categories. Monitor and manage new launch codes from creation in the system to ship.


  • Assess actual sell thru performance in comparison to plan to determine variances and relay findings; for ongoing items make recommendations based on findings for forward  forecast revisions. Assess new launch influence on existing products or categories for growth. Share relevant new launch insight and learning with Supply Chain, Sales and Finance teams.


  • Evaluate evolution of the commercial portfolio and sourcing complexity, recommend comprehensive action plan to minimize portfolio complexity, to include rationalization.


  • Assure required maintenance codes in the systems, including code mapping, discontinuation, product life cycle status and strategic indicator.


  • Monitor inventory levels for all categories of material (e.g. quarantined, short dated) and take appropriate action as required with the objective of achieving inventory targets with sufficient expiry dating in order to meet customer service requirements. Ensure timely disposal of rejected, expired, or otherwise obsolete product.


  • Liaise with Regulatory and Quality to ensure product development and post approval projects are in line with BPI objectives, and that the Supply Plan corresponds to the timelines of open projects.


  • Perform and present detailed and documented Demand/Supply analysis for any/all contentious product families and take appropriate action as needed, which is not limited to escalation.


  • Develop, track, analyze and improve various processes relating to supply chain. Do this in order to ensure or improve availability, delivery, and reliability, quality, and quantity compliances.


  • Liaise, interact, work with internal and external colleagues to reduce supply chain costs and improve service levels through best forecasting and replenishment practices.


  • Lead special projects for continuous improvement within the Supply Chain department.


  • Monitor contract and pricing agreements with suppliers including appropriate stakeholders such as Business Development and Legal to ensure pricing and terms compliance.  




  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience.


  • Normally requires at least five (5) years directly related (e.g. production planning, purchasing or materials management) and progressive supervisory experience.


  • Normally requires at least five (5) years of pharmaceutical or directly related experience.


  • Experience with ERP systems such as JDE and materials management tools such as DRP, MPS and MRP.  



  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, the ability to work independently and effectively in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Highly adaptive and flexible to accepting new ideas, people and procedures.
  • Strong analytical skills to make quantitative projections.
  • Must demonstrate effective listening, sound judgment, be well organized, take initiative, be flexible, and work well under pressure. 
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