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Nutricia North America, a subsidiary of Danone, is looking for an Associate Manager, Demand Planning in the United States for

Rockville, Maryland.

Danone is a global food company holding top positions in healthy ood through its four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission, bringing health through food to as many people as possible, embodies commitment to human progress and business success. It gives meaning to the work of our 100,000 Danoners worldwide on an everyday basis.

For passionate people looking for autonomy and exciting career opportunities, Danone truly has something special inside.

Position Summary:

The Associate Manager, Demand Planning will be responsible for the creation, analysis, and communication of an optimal base forecast of the demand plan utilizing SAP APO modeling and key figure structure for US and Canada locations. The position will lead the collaborative S&OP process with key stakeholders for alignment and creation of optimized total forecast to meet business planning needs and to ensure maximum service at lowest cost. The Associate Manager, Demand Planning will play a key role in the budget process in leading the development of the bottoms up baselines with key stakeholders. Will also play a key role in the Innovation and Renovation project process, to ensure project timelines and metrics are met.

Key Responsibilities:

The key responsibilities cover North America Nutricia Operations (US and Canada).

1. Demand Planning

Create and maintain a rolling 18 months forecast in SAP APO.

Analyze and clean historical data such as non-repeating events and stock outs.

Optimize system forecast output by maintaining statistical model parameters.

Track and report in APO additional customer-based intelligence, competitive impact,marketing or sales intelligence to enhance baseline forecast.

Maintain both commercial and sample forecasts.

Calculate, analyze, and report key performance indicators.

Maintain APO related master data in the system based on agreed set parameters and business rules.

Work with sales analyst to provide specialized analytical support for Sales, marketing and Supply Chain on an ad hoc basis.

Provide reporting for the Integrated Business Plan (IBP)process.

2. Sales and Operations Planning Process

Lead demand planning and activity management monthly meetings within an 18 months horizon.

Prepare and lead meetings with key business stakeholders by providing reviews of past planning performance and gap vs forecast.

Drive forecast consensus.

Analyze and outline deviations from targets in both volumes and values, identify root cause and implement corrective action plan with the S&OP team including financials.

Develop and lead animation of NPI/Renovation scorecard.

Partner with Associate Manager, Supply planning to drive a successful business unit S&OP process.

3. Activity Management - Innovation and Renovation Process

Own supply chain project tasks.

Coordinate project between global and local key stakeholders according to project timeline so the demand information are reported in a timely manner in the demand plan.

Ensure streamlined communication between market project team and global key stakeholders.

Understand and communicate cost impact variances to project plan.

4. Projects / Process

Participate in Category Team meetings for intelligence into S&OP process and to represent supply chain planning for consultation and leadership.

Lead self-audits and reviews of S&OP process for re-engineering opportunities and continuous improvement.

Other projects as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Strong statistical and analytical knowledge.

Strong experience in Sales and Operations Planning, both process improvement and process leadership.

Strong ability to prepare and present data to multiple levels in the organization.

Strong analytical skills.

Ability to manage multiple priorities, projects and deadlines.

Ability to communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.

Project management experience utilizing a defined and clear methodology.

Team player, pro-active, doer, and result oriented.

Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Working conditions:

Office and warehouse environments.

Requires less than 10% domestic and international travel.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor Degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, or related field.

3-6 years of Demand Planning, Sales and Operations Planning, and/or Project Management.

Knowledge of Advanced Planning Systems (SAP APO).

Preferred qualifications:

Masters degree

APICS certification

PMP certification

Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (SAP ECC or MAS)

Success Factors:

Planning and resourcing

Lead projects and action plans at CBU level to deliver sustainable performance across the extended value chain

Lead change through engagement

Judgement; decision making; influencing

Lead a large, cross-functional team

Team work

For more information about Danone, its people and its business, please visit We have something special inside, do you?

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Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition is focused on pioneering and delivering specialized nutritional solutions and Best Care for medical professionals and their patients, helping people live healthier and longer lives. Nutricia North America was established in 1983 and is headquartered in Rockville, MD. We seek to provide solutions and services wherever nutritional intervention can be shown to improve clinical outcomes. In partnership with doctors, healthcare professionals and caregivers, we work to make a real difference in people's lives by speeding recovery and encouraging independence. Our ambition is to deliver only proven benefits through nutrition, as an integral part of disease management.

Consisting of a wide variety of FDA and Health Canada regulated nutrition products, we are especially active in the management of inherited metabolic diseases, severe pediatric allergic and gastrointestinal disorders, pediatric epilepsy, and long term and critical care for seniors.

Nutricia North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

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Company Profile
ffering everyone high quality, natural food that helps to build health through all of life’s stages. Cultivating a taste for things that are good for you. Feeding young children and vulnerable people as well as those in good health. Adapting our products to all cultures. Exploring what scientific research can bring to our daily diet. This is the adventure in which Danone has chosen to participate.

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