Demand Planner- Confections

Job Locations US-PA-Scranton
Posted Date 2 months ago(4/27/2022 9:05 AM)
Job ID
2021-1490
# of Openings
1
Category
Other

Overview

Bazooka Candy Brands (BCB), the Confectionery Division of The Bazooka Companies, Inc., is seeking a Demand Planner. 

 

With iconic brands including Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Bazooka® Bubblegum, & Juicy Drop®, BCB is one of the leading manufacturers & innovators of non-chocolate confections in the US.

 

WHAT IS BAZOOKA CANDY BRANDS?

Bazooka Candy Brands manufactures and markets the popular lollipop brands Ring Pops, Push Pops, Baby Bottle Pops and other candy and gum products, including the iconic Bazooka Bubble Gum.

 

Job Overview:

At The Bazooka Companies, Inc., the Senior Demand Planner / Demand Planning Manager role requires prior experience in Demand Planning and S&OP/IBP process and broad experience/understanding of supply planning and materials planning.       

We are looking for an entrepreneurial and energetic candidate, capable of flexing in both strategic and tactical activities, with a proven ability to demonstrate progress in a dynamic environment.  This role interacts daily with business leaders in Marketing, Sales, Finance, Supply Chain, Procurement and key external partners to drive business objectives.

Our portfolio creates an exciting and critically important role for a creative and solutions-oriented candidate to make a significant difference of our portfolio.  Opportunity to operate at both a strategic and tactical level, to identify, align and develop partnerships, identify new and breakthrough solutions that continue to lead the category

Responsibilities

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead Demand Forecast & Planning:
    • Manage all aspects of brand level and key customer level demand forecasting for new and baseline skus.  Includes review of customer demand, consumption trends, new/lost business, change in market trends, and risks and opportunities.
    • Develop and analyze consumption to shipment model for total US, LATAM and Canadian markets as well as key customers.
    • Lead monthly Demand Reviews with sales & marketing team to evaluate forecasts, promotions, forecast accuracy and impact of production status, proactively identify and communicate risks/opportunities and drive their resolution.
    • Analyze Nielsen/IRI monthly data and shipments by customer, to discuss and recommend sales forecast with Sales, Marketing and Finance, and develop key insights to facilitate a robust demand review.
    • Serve as the communication leader between the Operations, Marketing and Finance teams on forecasting issues, facilitating meetings to reconcile demand/supply challenges.
    • Understand the leading demand planning trends in the industry and bring new ideas to adapt and overhaul the current process to improve the effectivity and accuracy.
  • Lead S&OP/IBP process
    • Lead a series of routine monthly consensus planning meetings to ensure that sales trends, consumption insights and consumer promotion strategies are triangulated to deliver a high-quality business forecast-, short- and long-term supply plan and the resulting MRP.
      • Prepare agendas, reports, minutes and action item follow ups to share with cross functional teams.
    • Lead reviews with Sales, Marketing and Finance to evaluate forecasts, consumption, promotions, shipments and customer inventory levels.
    • Represent Operations in the S&OP process to review KPI performance, capacity saturation, growth opportunities and trends, network risks, plans for at-risk inventory as well as new business/SKU offering inventory status. Work closely with supply and procurement management drive S&OP process.
    • Be a key partner in the annual sales planning process. Lead the demand function in the annual budgeting process and partner with Sales, Marketing and Finance ensuring that key deliverables and deadlines are met to deliver a successful budget.

Qualifications

 Desired Skills and Experience:

 

  • B.A. or B.S. degree
  • 3 – 5 years of prior Demand Planning and S&OP experience in a CPG company
  • Strong knowledge of Nielsen or IRI
  • Advanced skills with MS Office required, intermediate MS Excel required, advanced Excel helpful;
    • Working knowledge of quantitative methods to analyze situations and solve business problems
    • Develop excel based tools to facilitate the procurement roles
  • Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication.
  • Must be detail oriented, self-starter and comfortable taking initiative, as well as capable driving and delivering high quality results on a sustainable basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively influence both internal and external customers/relationships
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to organize work and manage/lead multiple projects and priorities while meeting deadlines
  • Excellent customer service / support skills, ability to work well under pressure, professional demeanor and strong written and oral communication skills

 

The policy of The Bazooka Companies, Inc. is to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment and all employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health choices gender, gender identity or expression, the status of being transgender, gender stereotyping, sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, military or veterans status, citizenship status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law and to affirmatively seek to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity.

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