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Executive Summary:

This Planning Manager position is responsible for all demand forecasting, inventory planning, and SIOP activities associated with assigned business units/divisions, customers and products. The role require extensive partnering with various internal and external teams to develop and implement a robust replenishment process as well as advise & influence the SIOP process.

The manager ensures the team creates and maintains forecast models for customers and/or products, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from sales, marketing, finance, and other sources, which the team will then plan inventory based on these forecasts.

Job Functions:

  • Coach, motivate and develop the Supply Chain Planning team to successfully deliver department objectives.
  • Own the SIOP process to create an integrated plan that delivers financial results.
  • Develop/implement inventory strategies to achieve service level goals and optimal inventory levels; monitor the performance of inventory policies.
  • Deliver optimized finished goods inventory levels balancing service, cost, and obsolete inventory.
  • Optimize capacity plans and production schedules ensuring processes are in place to identify potential gaps.
  • Identify and implement supply chain improvement projects to deliver continuous improvement for the entire function.
  • Recommend improvements to optimize supply chain performance utilizing tradeoff analysis and scenario planning.
  • Actively participate in the process to create brand and category strategies then lead the execution of these initiatives functionally for successful implementation.
  • Ensure critical KPIs are tracked and met.
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing, factories, customer service and logistics to proactively identify and resolve key customer service issues.
  • Lead the development and execution of the demand forecast based planning process, which consists of
    • Creating 12 to 18 month rolling statistical based demand forecasts
    • Reviewing the forecasts with sales and marketing to confirm or modify the forecasts (overrides)
    • Leading the cross-functional team to agree on a consensus demand plan
    • Creating a supply planning based on the consensus demand plan
    • Review previous period’s forecasts and inventory vs. actual and AOP, and formulate gap recover actions if needed.
    • Driving and leading a monthly SIOP process and review with the executive team
  • Provide analytics to continuously improve the forecast and drive accountability.
  • Create supply planning strategies and ensure execution at the facilities.
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Commercial leaders to provide Pareto analysis on opportunities to improve schedule achievement and consistency.
  • Minimize obsolescence by identifying slow moving inventory and proactively working with cross functional teams to create plans to stimulate sales
  • Oversee all planning related business processes and ensure optimal use of the ERP system

Required Education / Experience / Specific Job-related Skills

Years of Experience:

3-5 years of experience in a similar role


BA/BS college degree or its equivalent. MBA preferred.


APICS / IBF or other forecasting Certification preferred


  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistics, forecasting and forecasting methods with an understanding of their financial and operational impacts.
  • Knowledge of Demand Planning tools (SAP APO, Oracle, Manugistics or other software) related to demand management is preferred.
  • Experienced with other software packages including Windows, and Microsoft Office.
  • This position requires strong analytical, organizational, decision making, and presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are also essential to effectively interact with all teams, areas and levels of business affecting the forecast process.
  • Must have
    • The ability to influence at all levels of the organization
    • The ability to see bigger picture and envision step-change scenarios
    • A collaborative approach
    • Excellent interpersonal, time management, decision-making and conflict management skills
    • High ethical standards to support a professional business code of conduct
  • Passion for driving business improvement and leading change in a large, complex, global environment
  • Strong coaching and facilitation skills
  • Business level English written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally; limited
  • Broad knowledge of multi-functional, multi-site, global organizational processes and financial business methods
  • Detailed knowledge of quality theory and lean tools and methodologies

An advocate for standard work, written procedures, and streamlining workflow and processes

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
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