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Employer: Unilever
  • Acquisitions - Logistics - Supplies
  • Production
  • Transport
  • Job type: full-time
    Job level: 1 - 5 years of experience
  • nationwide
    Updated at: 10.04.2019
    Short company description

    On any given day, two billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life. With more than 400 brands focused on health and wellbeing, no company touches so many people's lives in so many different ways.

    Our portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps, luxurious shampoos and everyday household care products. We produce world-leading brands including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann's and Omo, alongside trusted local names such as Dero and Delikat.

    For us, sustainability is integral to how we do business. With 7 billion people on our planet, the earth's resources can be strained. This means sustainable growth is the only acceptable model of growth for our business. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sets out to decouple our growth from our environmental impact, while at the same time increasing our positive social impact. We believe that as a business we have a responsibility to our consumers and to the communities in which we have a presence. Around the world we invest in local economies and develop people's skills inside and outside of Unilever.


    Skills/ Experience/ Qualifications:
    • 2 years experience in Planning / Supply Chain environment including hands-on experience in DP role
    • Experience working with statistical forecasting software,
    • Experience managing a portfolio with high product and channel complexity
    Knowledge & skills
    • The role requires an individual with strong communication skills that can adapt their influencing style and presentation skills according to the forum and /or audience
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Leadership ability and a willingness to take responsibility and accountability, but confident in holding others to account
    • Strong commercial acumen
    • Strong analytical mind-set
    • Strong problem-solving skills and bias for action
    • Ability to function independently
    • Self-motivating, able to work in virtual teams and cross-functional teams
    • Advanced Excel Skills, but forward looking in terms of other, interactive, reporting tools (power BI, Tableau)
    • Knowledge and awareness of wider supply chain processes
    • Ability to learn on the fly


    Key Accountabilities:
    • Takes overall responsibility for the demand plan figures within the Demand Planning system, ensuring they are representative of the agreed “most likely outcome” consensus plan
    • Understand past and future assumptions, risks and opportunities, challenging where necessary through critique and analysis to ensure realism / accuracy. Clean the sales data, carry forward demand and build base forecast while keeping track of sales and marketing activity logs
    • Understand and apply statistical models, depending on historical patterns and horizons using exception-based planning
    • Builds promotional planning for re-packs. Working with marketing to establish forecast for the chosen assortment.
    • Work closely with Re-packing team in order to support promotional/seasonal execution respecting lead times and the deadlines
    • Takes responsibility for Innovation planning for local roll out of new products including all launch activities.
    • Documents and maintain Risks and Opportunities database, challenges accuracy and tracks changes in/out from the demand plan
    • Provides insights on E2E SC Demand Planning performance of respective portfolio to the Planning Manager
    • Report all the KPIs selected, comments on the performance and drives improvement (e.g. Forecast Bias, Forecast Accuracy, Extreme Bias)
    • Healthy portfolio Management – make delisting proposals for non-performing products
    • Leads Business Waste and engages with CD, R&D, SP, Marketing to coordinate and optimize the SKU transitions, to minimize the returns from the customer and take pro-active actions for the slow mover SKUs.
    • Translate potential supply risks from the Sourcing Unit and ensure clear communication to internal and external customers
    • Runs Segmentation analytics engaging all relevant business stakeholders to set the right SC priorities for different business needs inside the portfolio. Ensures we have the high Flexibility for Agile Category, high Service for Responsive category, Low Cost for Lean Category and Simplification for the Nurture Category.
    • Has the high analytical skills and huge passion for designing the future planning to ensure we challenge the status quo for faster & better service and lower stocks. Has the curiosity and digital adaptability to lead the transformation for the department.
    • Deputise for the Demand Planning Manager where necessary and support driving process best practice

    Other info

    As a Demand Planner, you will be expected to sit in the middle of the S&OP Process where you will work closely with our sales, marketing and factory teams to build an integrated volume plan and to manage short term requests from the business. You will be owner of the sales forecast for portfolio of 300/400 SKUs for short, mid and long term periods.