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Demand Planner

CPA Recruitment
£30k - £35k per annum
Closing date
7 Feb 2021

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Planning, Supply Chain
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

A fantastic opportunity has become available for a Demand Planner in Northamptonshire for an international food business. Due to expansion and progression there is a need for a new Demand Planner to join a well-established and dedicated Supply Chain team.

Job Role
You will be required to communicate on sales, demand, distribution and supply trends in order to support the growth of the business. Accurate forecasting is essential and you will be involved in creating inventory strategy which aligns with the business plans and operational plans through S&OP process. Ensuring an effective Demand Plan is in place to identify and resolve any issues in a timely fashion.


  • Co-operate with the Sales and Marketing divisions, create, review and revise forecasts for your brands ensuring accurate measures are achieved and improved
  • Drive the S&OP process for your brands with support of the Supply Chain team
  • Develop a 12 month baseline demand forecast by using all relevant inputs (including Sales Forecast, Statistical Forecasts, Historical sales)
  • Manage the 12 months rolling forecast in demand planning using excel sheets
  • Analyse trends and promotional volumes to make reasonable adjustments and recommendations where needed
  • Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models and evaluate forecast results
  • Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions
  • Analyse operational planning performance of sales vs plan by defining root causes and corrective actions collaborating with other departments for next planning cycles
  • Use a collaborative approach by working with Sales, Marketing and Finance to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used for demand forecast
  • Manage and maintain the demand planning process including updating relevant spreadsheets and databases
  • Provide input to the Supply Planning organisation in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products and product phase-outs

Personal Profile

  • Experience of Demand or Inventory Planning within FMCG
  • Experience working with the major UK retailers is highly beneficial
  • Strong numerical and analytical ability
  • Great time management skills to work to tight deadlines
  • Strong communicator both written and verbally
  • Ability to work with a wide range of products
  • Experience of S&OP processes

Ref Code: FMW39467

Due to a high volume of responses, we cannot reply to each application individually. If you have not had a response within one week, we are sorry to say your application has not been successful on this occasion.


International specialists in the provision of practical recruitment and resourcing solutions, across every sector of the food and drink industry, CPA Recruitment is a name synonymous with quality and service, as well as being a business that’s justifiably proud of its well earned reputation.

Offering a global capability, we’re able to draw on an unrivalled wealth of in-house expertise and are clearly acknowledged as one of the market leaders in our field.

Highly respected in the food & drink industry, we are dedicated to building partnerships in business, with both clients and candidates that bring, mutual benefits to all parties, on a long term basis.

With twenty year’s experience, we have grown a talented team of consultants, whose knowledge and experience and expertise of the food and drink recruitment market guarantees that success will be at your disposal to achieve your recruitment objective.

We are renowned for providing bespoke solutions, with in-built flexibility and have a long and successful history of handling both UK and overseas assignments, at all levels, on behalf of a loyal and growing client base – ranging from global blue-chip organisations to independent enterprises.

Find Us
020 8203 1000
Eclipse House
20 Sandown Road
WD24 7AE
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