Associate Director, Global Demand Planning

Job Title: Associate Director, Global Demand Planning
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Cork
REF: 123965
Contact Name: Larry O’Leary
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 1 year ago

Job Description

Associate Director, Global Demand Planning
Our client, a Biopharma company with strong development pipeline and multiple blockbuster products, now seeks an experienced Demand Planning expert at leadership level who will build a comprehensive demand plan for finished goods based on a global forecast.

Purpose of this role is to mature and manage demand planning and forecasting activity for finished goods globally utilizing deployed processes to execute S&OP activity in order to ensure product availability for our patients.

The successful candidate will lead creation of demand forecasts/plans with markets at multiple levels of aggregation over a 5 year time horizon while strictly adhering to the monthly demand planning calendar.

This will involve the development, validation and circulation of the consensus based global forecast which reflects the regional demand requirements and includes orchestrating the monthly demand planning process, annual process and LRP strategic demand processes.

Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data with markets, develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results
Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile variances and refine the forecast while understating and explaining error drivers
Utilize a collaborative approach by working with Sales, Marketing, Finance, Manufacturing and Trade/Customer Operations to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used to build demand forecasts
Use and maintain demand planning software as the primary forecasting system/tool
Provide input to the supply planning organization in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs
Closely coordinate and communicate customer/market action plans with supply planning
Lead local market and regional demand review meetings to also include pre-work and building of relevant material/presentations to be reviewed during each meeting
Lead forecast/demand accuracy performance management activity and review with relevant business partners to improve portfolio performance
Coaching, mentoring and initiation of improvement projects with business partners, where required
Ensure identification, monitoring and reporting of assumptions, risks and opportunities relating to the medium and long term business plans.
Continually review the forecasting and demand planning process to ensure it continues to be up to date with current best practice and suitable for business needs.

Bachelor’s or advance Degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, or Management is preferred. Plus exceptional analytics capability.
10+ years experience and expertise in forecasting and demand planning, including some of which in pharmaceutical operations/cGMP environment highly desirable.
Proven experience of forecasting principles, concepts, practices in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry
Project management, supply chain transformation/business process improvement experience
Budget management and financial analysis skills
People management and project leadership experience
Provide strong and visible leadership to business partners
Strong communication skills, an ability to envision, energize, and enable the organisation and other functions, leading performance management decisions.
Travel required – up to 25%

Please phone Larry on +353 (0)1-2302400 /

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