This position is responsible for the forecasting and collaborative demand planning process for FMC’s Global Specialty Solutions business. The Demand Planner assembles and assesses key inputs including, sales history and trends, open orders, sales and marketing estimates, previous forecasts, and new product launches. This role will also perform statistical analyses to develop an accurate operational demand plan that ensures high service levels and efficient inventory management. Additionally, this position will actively participate in the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process and be responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the Logility Demand Planning tool.
The GSS Demand Planner will coordinate synchronized demand planning activities in support of the business including, working on cross-functional teams (new product introductions, label extension, production discontinuations, commercial projects) and supporting the implementation of demand planning projects (forecast accuracy improvements, bias reduction, and use of statistical forecasts)
Maintain Logility Demand Planning tool for assigned products and regions
Execute demand forecast process and modeling, including gathering inputs, consolidating information and data entry into Logility. Partner with Sales, Marketing and Finance teams to develop a consensus demand plan
Assemble and assess statistical and commercial forecasts based on market and competitive information, customer trends and product promotions to deliver improved forecast accuracy
Document and challenge forecast assumptions based on process input analysis, forecast modeling, and monthly updates
Review and analyze forecasts, conduct trend analysis, identify opportunities and risks, and recommend appropriate revisions and tactics
Maintain statistical models and key drivers to provide an accurate forecast and ensure data integrity
Evaluate sales history to recommend changes to independent forecasts
Escalate demand exceptions and resolve with master scheduling team
Facilitate the Monthly Demand Review meeting as part of the monthly S&OP process, resulting in a demand plan for supply chain production and inventory planning
Analyze forecasting reports and key performance indicators (forecast accuracy, error and bias) to continuously improve the quality of the forecast.
Provide root-cause analysis and identify corrective actions to meet forecast accuracy and bias goals.
Work as liaison between Supply Chain and Commercial teams. Highlight potential supply issues vs. demand plan and communicate potential inventory/service level impacts in a timely manner
Prepare and maintain relevant demand planning and commercially requested reports
Responsible for accurate system data entry, maintenance and discontinuation of SKUs
BA/BS in Business/Statistics, Logistics/Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related field
5 plus years’ experience in Demand Planning
3 years’ experience in commercial agriculture or customer-facing role desired
APICS or IBF certification preferred
Logility Demand Planning, or other related statistical forecasting package preferred
Working knowledge of SAP
Experience working cooperatively across multiple organizations and geographies to identify and resolve system, process, financial and other issues
Excellent organizational, communication collaborative and interpersonal skills
Strong MS office skills, particularly Excel
Demonstrated sound decision making, problem solving, and ability to react quickly under pressure
Ability to interact effectively with multiple functional groups, translating commercial opportunities and threats into useful demand / supply information
Demonstrated ability to present and sell ideas, plans, and recommendations through influence, resulting in effective decisions and improved business results
Demonstrated ability to think critically about issues, form objective opinions, and make timely decisions
Results driven, self-starter capable of executing improvement initiatives
FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status. FMC supports a drug-free workplace.
Internal Number: 2018-8654
FMC Corporation provides solutions to growers around the world with a portfolio of proprietary crop protection products and a robust pipeline fueled by innovative discovery and development capabilities in crop protection, plant health and professional pest and turf maintenance solutions. In October 2018, FMC conducted an initial public offering of its Lithium business. The new company, Livent Corporation, is approximately 85 percent owned by FMC and is expected to be spun off on March 1, 2019. FMC employs approximately 7,300 employees (including through Livent) around the globe.
Ever since our beginning in California in 1883 when John Bean invented the first piston sprayer for agriculture, FMC has continued a proud heritage of pioneering solutions for our customers. Today, we use an array of advanced technologies in manufacturing, research and development to produce customized products and solutions for the many markets we serve.
As a global leader utilizing advanced technologies and customer-focused research and development, FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a broad spectrum of insects, weeds and disease, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control.