Tea Demand Planner

Unilever

Dubai, UAE

Posted
Ref: MP598-497

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Company Profile:

At Unilever you are more than your job title, you are part of the world's most successful, purpose-led business. Work with brands that are well-loved around the world, that improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us.

We produce world-leading brands including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann's and Omo, alongside trusted local names and innovative-forward thinking brands like Ben & Jerry's, The Dollar Shave Club and Surf.

Be part of the most successful purpose-led business in the world. Have the opportunity to see the true impact that you're having in the work you do - every small thing counts.

Main Job Purpose:

- To own and generate the secondary sales forecast and demand management process across Arabia markets with sales, marketing and SC teams.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

Base Demand Plan:

- Identify the right historical sales horizon to use for the baseline generation
- Clean the historical sales data from any outliers
- Identify the most appropriate statistical forecasting algorithm and models that should be used
- Generate the baseline using the model selected and adjust where necessary
- Communicate the generate baselines to relevant stakeholders

New Product Demand (NPD) Plan:

- Analyse the NPD bottoms up volumes provided by the Sales & Marketing team by using like model and scenario planning techniques
- Challenge the NPD volumes (if required) then incorporate them in the demand plan
- Work closely with Supply Chain and Category teams to ensure landing the NPD OTIF in all markets
- Monitor the NPD performance for the first 3 months and highlight the need to amend forward forecast to the Category team

Facilitate the Demand Planning Process:

- Own the forecast in any of the S&OP meetings (monthly cycle) and in the weekly operational meetings
- Build the activities (that are over and above the baselines) provided by the Sales & Marketing teams
- Maintain an assumptions tracker that would be used to evaluate the performance of the activity and challenge volumes going forward
- Present the exceptions in the activity meeting and facilitate the process of reaching consensus on the final agreed unconstrained demand
- Minute all the forecast changes that take place in any forum to ensure all stakeholders are aligned
- Upload agreed unconstrainted demand in APO, ensuring Master Data related to each product is maintained on system to ensure accurate data flow.
- Send finance a constrained plan basis the demand and supply reconciliation output

Communication with Extended Supply Chain:

- Communicate the most updated demand plan with the relevant supply planning and customer service teams
- Work with Customer Service team to ensure stocks availability in all markets and to develop scenarios to mitigate supply gaps (if any) through demand adjustments
- Ensure the promotional plans are aligned with the promotion team

Continuous Improvement:

- Analyse forecast accuracy and bias to identify and implement process enhancements to improve these KPI's
- Present the KPI's to the Category team in order to find ways to improve them
- Champion the development of changes to current processes
- Coach the Category team on forecasting techniques to facilitate discussions while simultaneously improving KPIs

Requirements

Key Competencies & Skills:

- Industrial Engineering (preferred) or engineering degree, Business graduates with statistical courses, Supply Chain specialized degree.
- Fresh graduate or maximum three years of experience
- R-tool proficiency is required
- Proficient in MS Office (Knowledge of AP, APO and R-studio is a plus)
- CPIM or CSCP certification is a plus
- Analytical and critical thinking
- Adaptable to changes in a fast-pasted environment
- Challenger to the status quo
- Bias for action and proactivity
- Excellent communication skills

About the Company

Unilever is one of the leading FMCG company with 400 brands spanning 14 categories of home, personal care and foods products, no other company touches so many people's lives in so many different ways.

Our brand portfolio has made us leaders in every field in which we work. It ranges from much-loved world favourites including Lipton, Knorr, Dove and Omo, to trusted local brands such as Blue Band and Suave.

From comforting soups to warm a winter's day, to sensuous soaps that make you feel fabulous, our products help people get more out of life.

We're constantly enhancing our brands to deliver more intense, rewarding product experiences. We invest €1 billion every year in cutting edge research and development, and have five laboratories around the world that explore new thinking and techniques to help develop our products.

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