Demand Planning Analyst in Huntersville, NC at American Tire Distributors

Date Posted: 10/15/2021

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Are you looking for an opportunity to turn your ambition and your people skills into a rewarding career with an industry leader? Join our team at American Tire Distributors! As the nation's premier tire distributor, ATD’s coast-to-coast distribution network provides approximately 80,000 customers across the U.S. and Canada with rapid and frequent delivery of high quality tires, custom wheels and shop supplies. 

Position Description: 

This Demand Planning Analyst position is responsible for all forecasting and demand planning activities associated across sales channels and products. The Demand Planning Analyst creates and maintains demand plans by taking statistical forecasts and incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from internal and external sources.
The Demand Planning Analyst is the highly visible interface to sales, marketing, pricing, procurement, supply chain, category management and finance. This position leads monthly dialogue with key counterparts in these departments and provides input to business plans.

Primary Responsibilities:

Basic Functions:

  • Basic and advanced time-series forecast modeling.
  • Develop demand plans at multiple levels of item, location and time horizons.
  • Collaboratively work with sales, marketing, pricing, procurement, supply chain, category management and finance to:
    • Ensure that current and accurate business assumptions are included
    • Research demand drivers and evaluate the impact on demand plan
    • Research and reconcile significant demand plan variances
    • Refine the demand plan to reflect assumptions from collaborators
  • Provide input to Supply Planning team in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products introductions, and product phase-outs.
  • Use and maintain Demand Planning tool parameters and assumptions.

Job Functions:

  • Create, execute and aggregate statistical forecasts at multiple levels
    • Gather, analyze and validate data
    • Review resulting statistical forecast models
    • Identify root causes and drivers to improve forecasts
  • Review demand drivers including sales, financial and marketing plans:
    • Present, solicit, and assess feedback from key stakeholders
    • Review promotional plans with sales
    • Review marketing plans with marketing
    • Review pricing adjustments with pricing
    • Review assortment changes with category management
  • Facilitate collaborative planning process with stakeholders to reach consensus:
    • Prepare relevant material to facilitate research and discussion
    • Lead demand plan review meetings with stakeholders
    • Manage demand planning/vendor meetings
    • Recommend adjustments for operational forecasts
    • Enter and modify data and ensure the correctness of product hierarchy
    • Monitor monthly trends in forecast error and identify drivers
    • Identify relevant market-related data and competitive intelligence
    • Prepare and maintain reports to support demand planning process

Key Results:

  • Monthly demand plan which incorporates current market information that allows the company to predict customer demand and provide its supply chain with the appropriate information to plan how to meet that customer demand.
  • Relationships with sales, marketing, pricing, procurement, supply chain, category management and finance to facilitate knowledge sharing.
  • Feedback to the supply chain team around opportunities and risks regarding customer replenishment approaches and goals.
  • Demand plan input to annual and quarterly financial/ business plans.
  • Continually improved systems, tools and methods to improve forecasts.

Key Partners (Positions):

  • Stakeholders in the Executive Sales & Operations planning process (SVP or EVP level)
  • Subject matter experts including but not limited to sales, marketing, pricing, procurement, supply chain, category management and finance personnel
  • Cross-functional team members including but not limited to sales, marketing, pricing, procurement, supply chain, category management and finance personnel
  • Strategy, business development and transformation team members
  • Senior Executive team

Experience(s) that Best Prepares You:           

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university required: MBA or other advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience:  Prior experience in forecasting is highly desirable with minimum 3-4 years of post-MBA experience.  APICS or other forecasting Certification preferred      

Key Competencies:

  • Expert level of proficiency in Time-Series Forecasting.
  • Knowledge of Demand Planning software (e.g. ToolsGroup, Kinaxis Logility) preferred.
  • Understanding of financial and operational impacts of forecasts and uncertainty.
  • Ability to solve new problems through problem structuring, analytics and approach
  • Knowledge of Tableau, Alteryx or other data mining/ analytical software is preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, decision making skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group from subject matter experts to executives.
  • Meeting leadership/ facilitation and presentation skills required.
  • Expert level proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access). 
  • Team and people management including ability to lead and work in teams.
  • Proactive with the ability to work effectively under tight timelines.
  • Be accountable for results:  Assume full responsibility for the consequences of one’s behaviors and decisions.

Physical Demands/Work Environment/Travel Requirements:

  • Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk, hear, taste and/or smell; the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Travel Required: Minimal.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying the position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodations.  Nothing in this job description creates a contract of employment in any way for any person.   All employees hired by American Tire Distributors, Inc. are employees at will and the Company reserves the right to terminate employees at any time for any reason or no reason at all.

Build a challenging and rewarding career with us!

American Tire Distributors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace

Shift Type: 1st Shift (United States of America)
Job ID: R16725