Demand Planner

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Multiple Locations - Full time

Overall Responsibility: A Demand Planner implements a methodical forecasting approach to help ensure product availability and minimize inventory exposure. Demand Planners develop and implement a proactive demand forecasting model and drive a structured approach in gathering data and formulating product forecasts. This position will work closely with Divisional Sales and Marketing to develop a rolling 12 to 18-month demand forecast at the SKU level. A Demand Planner uses the SAP APO forecasting system and proven techniques to enhance forecast accuracy and support the current supply chain initiatives.

Essential Duties:

  • Assume responsibility for forecast based on input from divisional stakeholders (Sales, Marketing, Editorial, and Finance), adoption schedule, revenue potential and historical usage/trends
  • Understand various statistical models available and determine most appropriate model to use at an item level
  • Identify historical outliers as they occur and add appropriate commentary/note to APO to document pertinent information
  • Continually monitor and update forecasts based on actual usage, trends, wins/losses, new product introductions, and revised sales plans
  • Review dashboards and weekly reports to gather information and create action plans for updating forecasts
  • Maintain constant and proactive communication with Supply Planning counterparts of material forecast changes, to minimize business risks, via email alerts
  • Participate in weekly meeting with DP/SP team to advise of problems and significant variances between existing forecasts /actual usage and review any open alert items
  • Maintain a weekly ad hoc list of titles to pass from APO to Supply Planning when a full pass is not on the schedule
  • Use current tools and reports that measure forecast accuracy and errors to understand root causes and then apply techniques to improve the forecasts
  • Provide forecast analytics for area of responsibility to Planning Manager for use in the monthly Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) meetings
  • Update ABC codes as needed to ensure inclusion in APO
  • Interface directly with Project Managers, Inventory Management and Supply Planners
  • Work with cross-site/cross-functional teams to establish and communicate best practices

Skills/Competencies Required:

  • Become proficient with F2F processes and understand HMH Global Supply Chain procedures to become a key contributor to the supply chain functions
  • Demonstrate proficiency with statistical modeling and APO forecasting methods and use them effectively to create the demand plan forecast for ABC titles
  • Maintain a full knowledge of the assigned HMH product lines
  • Demonstrate high analytical capabilities
  • SAP ECC6 (Master Data, MRP, BW) knowledge and experience is desired
  • Proven problem-solving skills, research skills and demonstrated ability to tackle roadblocks of varying complexity head on
  • Produce new and residual sales, gratis, and outlier demand forecasts for assigned titles in APO DP to feed ECC6 MRP in a timely manner
  • Proactively analyze forecast accuracy against usage and market intelligence, making and communicating adjustments as needed
  • Able to work independently; calculate forecasts, proactively resolve issues, and form meaningful connections with forecast intelligence
  • Building Strategic Working Relationships with other HMH teams
  • Possess excellent communications skills needed to successfully work across teams and present during meetings
  • Develop and provide strategic leadership competencies: Leading through Vision and Values / Strategic Leadership / Decision Making / Drive for Results

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma/GED equivalent required; Bachelor's Degree (Business, Finance, Supply Chain Planning) preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Planning
  • SAP ECC6 (Master Data, MRP, BW) knowledge and experience is preferred
  • Expert level command of Microsoft Excel

Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing)
  • The person in this position need to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls and online meetings

PLEASE NOTE: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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Locations

Boston, Massachusetts
New York
Orlando, Florida

Role

Finance

Experience Level

Mid Level

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape.

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