Demand Planner in Hamilton at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 2/3/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Who we want 

  • Detail-oriented process improvers. Critical thinkers who naturally see opportunities to develop and optimize work processes – finding ways to simplify, standardize and automate.
  • Self-directed innovators. People who take ownership of their work and need no prompting to drive productivity, change, and outcomes.
  • Strategic thinkers. People who enjoy analyzing data or trends for the purposes of planning, forecasting, advising, budgeting, reporting, or sales opportunities.
  • Analytical problem solvers. People who go beyond just fixing to identify root causes, evaluate optimal solutions, and recommend comprehensive upgrades to prevent future issues.

What you will do

As a Demand Planner, you will be responsible for the IBP/S&OP process in Canada; working in close collaboration with marketing, sales and manufacturing teams to effectively plan and forecast inventory.

You will develop and fine tune statistical forecasting models to deliver best in class forecast accuracy by SKU each week.  This includes:

  • Updating and maintaining processes, tools and systems associated with the monthly consensus process with respect to consumption based information
  • Provide forecast insight during IBP (Integrated Business Planning) team meetings
  • Report on base, incremental, pipeline and other consumption drivers
  • Work with marketing and sales to gain valuable input to key volume drivers
  • Consolidate forecasts from all functional areas
  • Publish monthly reports to marketing and operations teams
  • Collaborate with Plant Manager/IBP team leads in the creation of the item/weekly/location level forecasting (Operational FCST)
  • Review market forecast analysis to determine customer volume patterns with sales and marketing

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Manage & lead monthly consensus meetings with marketing, sales, supply chain, finance and plant managers
  • Provide leadership & accountability of key inputs and assumptions of key stakeholders in forecasting
  • Participate in the long range planning activities
  • Provide insight into root causes of forecast error; developing and implementing solutions to drive continuous improvement
  • Participate in cross-functional development of forecast improvement processes, tools, and systems
  • Fine tuning safety stock level to minimize out of stock while maximizing fill rate
  • Provide insight into the safety stock settings and ABC Classification of inventory
  • Prepare various reports on a monthly or as needed basis for customer care team
  • Drive continuous improvement initiative to improve planning and purchasing process

What you need

A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of relevant analytical experience is required. Internal applicants with an equivalent combination of education, experience and performance over time at Stryker will be considered

Ideal candidates will also possess the following:

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills with problem solving and process improvement orientation
  • Advanced MS Excel skills required, ERP knowledge/experience preferred
  • Previous experience in medical device or other highly regulated industry is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with ability to partner and influence various levels and business functions within the organization
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills; able to manage priorities and workflow effectively in a fast-paced & dynamic environment
  • Strong sense of team work and customer service orientation

Work From Home: Occasional

Travel Percentage: 10%

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