Job Posting Date: 2018-11-12

Demand Planner


Responsible for modeling demand, planning replenishment and managing inventories with an emphasis on ensuring service level goals are achieved at the lowest possible cost on all products within a specified area of responsibility. Work on building product level forecasts across VWR product offerings. Support Operations? initiatives in the areas of inventory and financial analysis. Participate in business planning and tracking team performance relative to goals. Develop proactive reporting tools that enable informed sourcing and purchasing decisions. Work with Suppliers to improve service level and fill rates to VWR and our customer.


Job Responsibilities:


  • Proficient in MS office suite (Excel, Access, Word). Demonstrated ability to analyze large data sets; Strong system aptitude preferred

  • Able to apply statistical analysis and methods to explore and gain insight to the data and support decision making

  • Participate in inventory planning activities including, but not limited to, ownership and maintenance of supply planning models and/or ERP planning system.

  • Support monthly Sales and Operations Planning process efforts.

  • Apply appropriate mathematical and statistical tools to resolve business issues.

  • Partner with Finance and Purchasing Teams to project, track and control Excess and Obsolete Inventory levels. Prepare purchasing and inventory forecasts and financial projections. Analyze variances between actual and budgeted/forecasted activity.

  • Partner with purchasing team to ensure monthly, quarterly purchasing and inventory plans are met.

  • Partner with Marketing, Advanced Operations and Product Development in the forecasting and coordination of both legacy products and new product launches and ensuring forecast/new product launches are properly input into planning models. Analyze the predicted impact of new supplier/product launches, product promotions, or discontinuations.

  • Proactively adjust forecast and replenishment strategies to optimize inventory investment.

  • Commit company resources to support new launches and initiatives.

  • Negotiate changes with suppliers as needed.

  • Identify and correct Supply Chain constraints by acting as liaison between Sales, Customer Service and Suppliers.

  • Establish, maintain, report and analyze trends for Key Performance Indicators for forecast accuracy, demand variability, inventory, and backorder.

  • Develop an understanding of product family life cycles and perform trending analysis to determine proper inventory levels.

  • Drive process standardization.

  • Monitor inventory data integrity (e.g., receiving/inspection, cycle count accuracy).

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Experience & Skills:

  • Proficient in MS office suite (Excel, Access, Word). Demonstrated ability to analyze large data sets; Strong system aptitude required

  • Understanding of forecast and replenishment theory, obtained through APICS or similar training coursework.

  • Solid written and verbal communication skills, experience in a matrix environment desirable.

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Solid knowledge and practical use of Forecasting and Inventory Planning tools; i.e. Logility, SAP, or equivalent. Mentor Buyer team.



  • College degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Management or other applicable discipline

  • 2-3+ years procurement experience with enterprise level planning

  • Experience with?forecasting tools highly desirable

  • APICS/CPIM certification desirable

  • Global Supply Chain experience a plus

  • Formal problem solving training desirable, i.e. Six Sigma


Environmental Working Conditions & Physical Effort:

  • Typically works in an office environment with adequate lighting and ventilation and a normal range of temperature and noise level.

  • Work assignments are diversified. Examples of past precedent are used to resolve work problems. New alternatives may be developed to resolve problems.

  • A frequent volume of work and deadlines impose strain on routine basis.

  • Minimal physical effort is required. Work is mostly sedentary but does require walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting or carrying objects that typically weigh less than 10 lbs.


About Avantor?
Avantor??is a global manufacturer and distributor of high-quality products, services and solutions to professionals in the life sciences and advanced technology industries. As our channel brand, VWR offers an integrated, seamless purchasing experience that is optimized for the way our customers do business. Operating from over 30 countries worldwide, the company seeks to enable customer success in the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, healthcare, educational, industrial, government, aerospace & defense, and semiconductor industries. For more information visit?www.settingscienceinmotion.com. ??


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