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We’re looking for an outstanding Senior Demand Planner to join our Kipling EMEA Operations team in Antwerp, Belgium, reporting to the Operations Director.
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You are responsible for managing, evaluating and improving all activities associated with forecasting and sales & operations planning. You will build, maintain and adjust SKU level forecasts for all Kipling wholesale markets in the EMEA regio
n and make sure all forecasts are in line with financial- and go to market objectives by partnering with other functions like sales, sales-ops, marketing, product development and finance. You play a key role in driving brand review process including monthly S&OP demand reviews, S&OP reconciliation- and go to market meetings. As part of the Kipling operations team, you are responsible for balancing demand and supply in the most cost-effective way.
li>Develop understanding of the Kipling multi-channel business in terms of:
Go to market strategy: What are the expected revenue levels, growth plans and product mixes for these channels?
Therefore, you will need to work closely together with product development, marketing, finance, sales, and sales-ops
Build/maintain/automate multi-channel statistical forecasting models:
Gather, analyse, and provi
de monthly forecast data in a timely manner.
Monitor forecast versus financial targets/actual sales/ strategic plans and provide continuous feedback to improve FC accuracy, FC bias and service levels to customers.
Monitor changes in forecast and assess impact on inventory. Make recommendations to solve inventory imbalances.
Include forecast assumptions and measure risks and/or opportunities in each forecast.
Ensure effective new product introduction in
line with GTM objectives.
Partner up with the supply planning team
Develop and communicate forecast calendar to each channel responsible matching the supply planning calendar.
Generate, monthly, a consolidated demand FC that will serve as input for the supply and inventory planning process.
Report season summary with facts, figures, recommendations, and key learning.
d maintain a close relationship with Sales
Perform root cause analysis to determine next steps for continuous improvement of inputs, methodologies and statistical manipulation of forecast models supporting monthly forecast development.
Take leadership in driving, improving, and documenting the demand planning process (techniques/method/approach) and tools (current and future).
Become a key player in the monthly Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
process, act as back-up for the weekly forecast tracking meeting.
Validate and challenge DTC and digital titans buy plans.
In future, develop team of demand planners through objective setting and coaching. Make sure all back-up functions are in place.
What you need to succeed?
Master’s degree in business, engineering, or related field.
Minimum 2 years of experienc
e in a planning role (ideally demand planning).
Strong knowledge of computer systems is a must with emphasis on Microsoft Office Excel/Power Query/Power Pivot. Knowledge of Visual Basics, power BI or tableau is an asset.
Prior experience with planning software (such as SAP) is preferred.
Strong analytical and mathematical skills. Ability to extract conclusions from available data and “tell a story”
Excellent communication skills (written
and verbal), problem solver, proactive, able to prioritize tasks, stress resistant.
Team player but can also work independent at the same time, able to keep the helicopter view.
Fluent in English, spoken as well as written. Knowledge of Dutch language is an asset.
What’s in it for you?
Along with a competitive salary and benefits program we offer a flexible, casual work setting. It’s n
ot just our products which set us apart from others, our people first approach is what drives us, this is why we offer:
A supportive feedback-based culture where respect and integrity guide us in what we do
Tailored training. We are committed to helping you grow and drive you career forward
An inclusive international environment where people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and nationalities love working together
Be part of an iconic lifestyle bra
nd in a multi brand, multi countries organization
On site gym offering health and well-being initiatives
A discount card with 50% on all VF brands
If you like what you have read and want to join our team then we would like to hear from you!
Apply, visit vfc.com, kipling.com or follow us on our LinkedIn and Instagram pages. See you there!
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