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Senior Demand Planning Analyst in San Jose, CA at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 2/19/2019

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    San Jose, CA
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Job Description

General Description:

The Demand Planner will be responsible for developing and maintaining high quality consensus demand plans for the organization by leveraging statistical analysis with the best available cross-functional inputs, and applying sound judgment based on knowledge of the business.   This position will collaborate with the Business System Administrator and Forecast Modeler roles to optimize the performance of the statistical models/parameters used.  They will also partner with local or regional Sales and Marketing partners and product launch teams to reconcile business objectives and strategies to support the creation of the final consensus demand plan.  This position will facilitate or lead the demand planning process, coordinating/consolidating plans with other Demand Planners, to ensure the process is effective and runs efficiently.  They will act as a liaison to cross-functional senior management to provide education around the demand plan and its implications and risks, and will provide monthly, detailed documentation of key assumptions.  They will partner with the IBP team to ensure demand plans are communicated effectively across the supply function.

Essential Functions:

  • Create and maintain high quality demand forecasts and demand forecast analytics.  Must assemble and analyze all data pertinent to creating/maintaining the demand forecast, including historical order bookings/shipments, item master data, market and macro-economic trends, seasonality, promotions, and product life-cycle management 
  • Serve as the primary demand planning contact for Marketing, Sales and Finance business partners and also for the IBP Franchise Manager, Analyst or Global Operations Master Scheduler(s) for matters concerning demand planning for products
  • Successfully partner with cross-functional teams in the monthly demand planning working sessions and Executive Demand Reviews
  • Ensure the demand plan is collected and approved by the required business and financial leaders as defined in the process flow per the required monthly cadence
  • Represent the demand planning process within Stryker’s Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process, demonstrating thought leadership, creativity in solving problems and the ability to appropriately communicate and escalate issues as needed
  • Support execution of the product life-cycle management process for all new product launches and product exits as it relates to the demand planning function.  Monitor SKU levels and recommend rationalization initiatives for future consideration to Divisional/Global Operations leadership. 
  • Partner with the Business System Administrator and Forecast Modelers to create reporting of analytics to support the business needs for better information in decision-making
  • Understand the corporate/departmental objectives for demand planning and ensure adherence to established standard business and system processes
  • Drive continuous improvement in the development, modification and adjustment of procedures, policies, processes and technologies within the demand planning organization.
  • Improve the demand forecast quality by effectively analyzing sources of forecast metrics and recommending appropriate action plans 
  • Achieve or exceed the identified goals and KPI targets, supporting corporate/department goals and KPI targets as directed
  • Support training and education sessions as needed both within the demand planning team and across the organization as warranted
  • Maintain awareness of industry best practices and the ability to advocate for and translate those into forecasting practices where appropriate
  • Act as a role model to the department and organization for your work ethic, integrity, and team approach.



  • At least 2 years experience in following disciplines is required: Supply Chain Planning, Demand Management/Forecasting, Sales Operations/Planning, Finance/Accounting, or Marketing.  
  • Business experience in the medical device or related industry preferred.  
  • Background in sales analytics, new product introductions and supply chain metrics is required.
  • Prior experience with demand planning tools like Oracle Demantra, Demand Solutions or i2 is preferred.
  • Knowledge of ERP(Oracle) transactional data
  • Statistical background is a plus
  • Cross-functional experience in related fields is a plus


  • Excellent, demonstrated analytical and organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of demand planning applications and how to apply them to a business
  • Ability for decision making, to work under pressure, and capacity to make good judgment in critical situations.
  • Focus on accuracy of work and prioritization in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Team work and customer service orientation.
  • Proven ability to communicate and present to all levels of the organization
  • Strong interpersonal skills


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.  MBA or related degree is preferred. 
  • Must have knowledge of demand management/forecasting tools, forecasting processes in sales, marketing operations, finance, manufacturing and supply chain issues.
  • APICS/IBF or other professional certification in Supply Chain concepts is preferred. 
  • Must have understanding of end to end supply chain interactions and interdependencies
  • Fluency in English.  Fluency in a second language at International selling Divisions is a plus

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: None

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

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