Demand Planner, EEMEA - 28547BR - EN in Venlo at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 3/13/2018

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Job Description

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Basic Function
The Demand Planner will be responsible for building the EEMEA Demand forecast, by analyzing market trends and capturing existing and future market requirements. For that objective the individual will facilitate necessary communication with business leaders and Global Operations Integrated Business Planning Managers. The individual will work with regional marketing and operations partners to reconcile and synchronize demand forecasts in order to maintain product availability while keeping inventory investments at targeted levels. The forecast provided will be used by the Supply and KIT Planners to help determine manufacturing needs and resources required to meet the plan. Investment decisions could be made based on the information provided by the Demand Planner.

Reporting / Communication lines
  • Report to the Supply Chain Manager EEMEA
  • Internal communication: KIT Planning, Supply Planning, Staff, Finance, Product Management, Customer Service Department, RA/QA, General Managers, President of EEMEA.
  • External communication: Stryker subsidiaries

  • Work closely with the Supply Planners to ensure accurate and on time replenishment of stock and optimal Customer Service levels & Inventory levels.
  • Proactively assemble and analyze all data (historical sales, market trends, seasonality, promotions) and apply forecasting techniques to create the sales forecast. In addition, capture any new KIT requirements and relay the information to IBP & Supply Planners.
  • Flawless supply chain execution for all product phase ins (launches)
  • Lead Demand meetings with Sales and Marketing organizations at divisional level and serve as the primary planning contact for Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Finance business partners
  • Lead IBP meetings at divisional level and leverage best available cross-functional inputs and apply judgment based on knowledge of the business and robust cross-functional discussions.
  • Serve as the primary planning contact for the Global Operations Integrated Business Planning Manager
  • Use Demand Planning tools and technologies and suggest improvements to improve the current demand planning process.
  • Measure, manage and improve forecast accuracy for his/her division by effectively analyzing sources of forecast error and recommending appropriate action plans.
  • Review item master data and suggest amendments, when necessary
  • Monitor SKU levels and recommend SKU rationalization initiatives for future consideration to Divisional Management. Can make recommendations for targets based on changes in demand and market trends.
  • Manage Safety Stock levels linked to inventory sharing EEMEA/EU and keep EEMEA stock levels in line with company guidelines (KPI inventory free stock (days)) and forecasted demand (in cooperation with the Supply Planner)
  • Close collaboration with Franchises to allocate products to specific Sales Companies and / or specific orders.
  • Analyze data and producing various ad hoc reports
  • Initiate and participate in Supply Chain projects to improve productivity, processes and savings.

Performance Parameters

  • Service levels per Franchise.
  • Inventory targets for ELI & other warehouses
  • Freight costs.
  • No Non-Conformities.


  • Purchase goods within policy guidelines

AvailabilityAvailable to travel and to provide on-call support after working hours.

Special Training Required

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Materials Management, Life Sciences, Engineering or equivalent is required.
  • Hands on work experience with inventory, planning, order management and MRP computer systems are required.
  • Must have knowledge of demand management/forecasting tools, forecasting processes in sales, marketing operations, finance, manufacturing and supply chain issues. Prior experience with demand planning tools like Oracle Demantra, Demand Solutions or SteelWedge is a plus.
  • APICS certification is preferred. Lean Manufacturing Training is also preferred. Process Excellence/Six Sigma tools, training and/or certification experience is highly preferred.
  • Fluency in English. Fluency in a second language at international divisions is a plus.
  • Must be proficient in Project Planning software, Flow Charts, and management of Database tools.
  • Must have experience using statistical software packages and must be capable of extensive spreadsheet analysis.

Job Requirements


  • Higher Vocational Education (HBO).
  • Experience with the Oracle e-Business Suite with regard to purchasing, inventory management, PLM and forecasting modules.
  • At least 5 years experience as a Demand & Supply planner in an international environment.
  • Experience in two or more of the following disciplines are required: Supply Chain Planning, Demand Management/Forecasting, Logistics, Manufacturing, Procurement, Order Management, Inventory Management and/or Contract Manufacturing.
  • Background in new product introductions and supplier metrics is preferred; experience of ERP systems is required.
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to drive results through a global matrix structure is required.
  • Proven ability to communicate and present to all levels of the organization.
  • Strong analytical / quantitative skills
  • Ability for decision making, to work under pressure, and capacity to make good judgment under critical situations. Accuracy and prioritization in a fast-paced environment.
  • Team work and customer service orientation.
  • Demonstrate planning processes and inventory management skills.
  • Good knowledge of the English language

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