Demand Planner

Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands

Posted: 17-May-2018

Ref#: 4278

As the ‘home of unique offerings’ within SABIC, the Strategic Business Unit of Specialties is set to work on the hard, difficult endeavors in technology for they can bring a fundamental progress to the way we travel, communicate, work and live. This SBU provides unique high heat resins, functional compounds and additives, specialty fluids, nanotechnology and thermoplastics composites to markets such as Additive Manufacturing, Consumer & Industrial, Electrical & Electronics, Healthcare, Mass Transportation, Automotive and Water Management."

Demand Planner, SBU Specialties

Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands

Demand Planning is part of Supply Chain Management for Specialties Europe. The Demand Planner is responsible for the demand planning process and uses historical data, statistical forecasting methods and market intelligence to come up with the best possible forecast that is used as input to our Sales & Operations Planning process; a critical step to ensure the right customer service level. Moreover, (s)he drives value creation through defining, designing, executing and driving supply chain related cross departmental improvement projects and acts as the gatekeeper for SCM being a linking pin with e.g. Business Management, Sales, Technical Marketing, Manufacturing, Site Logistics and Control.
The Demand Planner reports to the Demand Planning Manager. He/she will interact with Product Marketing, Sales, and Customer Service to optimize costs, inventory and service.

  • The demand planner is responsible to create the demand plan. (S)he uses historical, statistical information as well as commercial intelligence to predict the demand. The demand plan is the basis for the Global S&OP process, which is used for business planning. 
  • The demand planner is responsible for executing the agreed (constraint) demand plan, managing both demand as well as allocation. 
  • The demand planner is responsible for tracking the demand vs. plan, analyses deviations, identify risks and opportunities, communicates to stakeholders and initiate actions to mitigate risks / facilitates opportunities and manage the demand (allocation)
  • The demand planner continuously works on improving the demand plan. (S)he follows up on the KPI’s, (Sales forecast accuracy / Demand plan accuracy / S&OP execution) analyses the data and initiate improvement actions. 
  • The demand planner is responsible to facilitate the yearly process of creating the operational plan which is the baseline for next year business planning. 
  • The demand planner is responsible to create value by coordinating and/or implementing improvement projects to optimize the cross departmental supply chain processes
  • The demand planner has an overview of approximately one and a half year.
  • The demand planner works with Commercial, Customer Service and Master Planning in the midterm planning. Furthermore, the demand planner is working with Commercial, Global S&OP, Supply planning, Product management and Business in the tactical processes. 

  • Master degree in Business Administration, Econometrics, Logistics, Engineering or comparable.
  • Additional education in Supply Chain Management (e.g. APICS) would be a strong asset.
  • 2-5 years of related business experience. 
  • Strong analytical skills and process oriented.
  • Effective communication skills and strong interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Good decision-making skills even in case of uncertainty.
  • Team player and able to build and maintain professional relations at different levels within our organization.
  • A fluent English speaker and writer.
  • Self-reliant and able to set priorities and work accurately also when under time pressure. 
  • SAP and APO system knowledge would be another strong asset.
  • Experience and systems knowledge/affinity are highly valued. 

At SABIC, we create the conditions for our talent to flourish: fulfilling work environments, state-of-the-art technology and the empowerment you need. As a SABIC employee, you will benefit from career opportunities that are accompanied by an attractive package and benefits. You will have access to comprehensive training and development programs which are amongst the best in the Petrochemical industry. Furthermore you will be offered opportunities in a diversity of disciplines and locations worldwide.

Important notice: please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment is part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request dependant of local regulations. 
Responses from employment agencies will not be considered

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