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Demand Planner

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: Beam Suntory

Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Rooted in two centuries of family heritage, Beam Suntory has evolved into the world's third largest leading premium spirits company ... where each employee is treated like family and trusted with legacy. With our greatest assets - our premium spirits and our people - we're driving growth through impactful marketing, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. Beam Suntory is a place where you can come Unleash your Spirit by making an impact each and every day.



Demand Planner  


The following position is open in IllinoisUnited States.


What makes this a great opportunity?

In this cross functional role, you will work with people throughout the Supply Chain and Operations to support our facilities, customers and business in order to provide the best spirits in the world. 


Role Responsibilities

  • Conduct a monthly deep dive of high-value and high-variance SKUs. Collaborate with Commercial, Brand, and Supply Planner to prepare findings and recommendations for review at the monthly Demand Clinic Meetings.
  • Compare statistical forecast to Commercial highlight gaps
  • Support monthly Demand Clinic meetings and assist with Demand Review preparation, tailoring presentation material, and effectively communicating at the appropriate level for varied audiences.
  • In APO, maintain SKU transition, creation of CVC, historical data alignment and assumption inputs. 
  • Generate monthly accuracy report in APO and format for communication.
  • Analyze all data pertinent to creating the demand plan such as historical sales, market trends, seasonality, promotions, customer POS, and inventory levels.
  • Work with the Brand and Project Teams to ensure new product launch plans (and initial volumes) are properly planned. Closely monitor early-life sales and adjust forecasts promptly as required particularly for high-value and high-variance SKUs.
  • Partner with Supply Chain Management functions to support S& OP initiatives and achieve customer serviceability requirements.
  • Collaborate with Commercial Finance, Sales, and Supply Management on product lifecycles in order to effectively manage end of life inventory planning.


Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of relevant forecasting/data analysis experience required.
  • SAP/APO experience strongly preferred.
  • APICS/Forecast certification a plus.
  • Ability to use rigorous logic and defined methods to solve difficult problems that impede achieving objectives.
  • Commitment to delivering a high level of customer service throughout the supply chain.
  • Advanced computer skills and ability to use business systems effectively (e.g., SAP, APO, Microsoft software).
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to express ideas clearly, inform others effectively, practice attentive and active listening, and achieve mutual understanding.
  • Ability to influence others and be seen as a team leader who can accomplish goals through mutual cooperation.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize workload, work proactively, and meet deadlines under pressure.



At Beam Suntory, people are our number one priority, and we believe our people grow together in diverse and inclusive environments where their unique insights, experiences and backgrounds are valued and respected. Beam Suntory is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, military veteran status and all other characteristics, attributes or choices protected by law. All recruitment and hiring decisions are based on an applicant’s skills and experience.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago