Demand Planning Manager

Supply Chain Orange, Connecticut Countryside, Illinois


Position Overview 
Reporting to the VP of Procurement, the Demand Planning Manager will be at the helm of our demand planning function, ensuring our inventory levels are perfectly aligned with market demand and customer needs. 
You will play a crucial role in driving efficiency, enhancing service levels, and supporting our growth ambitions. Key responsibilities will include developing and implementing robust demand forecasting models and processes to accurately predict customer demand through our new GAINS Demand Planning System; collaborating closely with sales, marketing, and branch managers to ensure alignment on demand planning strategies and initiatives including promotional activities; and using advanced analytics and data-driven insights to drive inventory optimization and reduce excess stock. 
Position Responsibilities 
Demand Planning 
  • Develop and continuously improve demand planning initiatives and demand forecasts. 
  • Ensure full and successful deployment of GAINS Demand Planning System across the business including new acquisitions as needed.  
  • Become subject matter expert in Gains Demand Planning System and other future systems associated with demand planning.  
  • Ensure effective key performance indicators (KPIS) and reporting in place in GAINS and via Power BI dashboards.  
  • Lead the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process to align demand with supply plans while collaborating cross-functionality with other stakeholders 
  • Ensure optimal inventory levels and further develop strategy and processes to prevent excess while ensuring product availability. 
  • Supports promotion and new business opportunity through demand management and updates to GAINS to support. 
  • Responsible to achieve all corporate goals on working capital and terms improvement, inventory turns, order fill rate, dead stock \ slow moving, EBITDA improvement, and service level targets are met. 
Team Leadership 
  • Oversee a team of demand planners/others, providing support,  guidance, and training while continuously improving. 
  • Ensures team has the highest level of responsiveness, and addresses issues and expedites in a timely manner to ensure highest level of service delivery.  
  • Performs personnel functions such as selection, training, and evaluation including conducting interviews, making hiring decisions, participating in onboarding activities, coaching and development.  
  • Completes team assessment and developmental path. Ensures metrics are in place to measure performance (stock outs, purchase order status and processing, cost savings, etc.).  
Customer Service 
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations on KPIs for/to leadership, including use of Power BI
  • Maintains strong working relationships with key stakeholders including branch managers and inside sales team. 
  • Supports Category Manager in implementation of purchasing and sourcing strategies in terms of demand forecasting and inventory positioning. 
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders to develop and implement strategies in the region to drive growth and EBITA improvement through demand planning and alignment to financial goals. 
  • Supports acquisition integration as needed. 
What You’ll Need for Success 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Supply Chain or a related field 
  • 5+ years’ experience in Supply Chain with additional experience in Demand or Supply Planning, preferably in a distribution business 
  • 3+ years’ experience in  Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) or Sales Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP) 
  • Prior experience with demand planning software systems, preferably GAINS, and with ERP solutions, preferably Netsuite and Epicor Prophet 21 
  • Proven experience leading teams, preferably in a matrixed environment 
  • Exceptional communication skills with ability to collaborate both within and outside of the department and present to variety of stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and drive strategies in planning and buying functions 
  • Demonstrated use of metrics and KPIs to monitor and drive goals 
We Can Offer You:
We value performance that exhibits a high sense of urgency, coupled with attention to detail and a strong customer service orientation! We also care about the welfare of our employees, which is why our salary and benefits are competitive. Colony’s benefits include: 
  • Quarterly bonuses based upon Company/corporate-level performance
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, short-term and long-term disability (STD and LTD), Life Insurance
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Competitive Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Industry leading training and development
  • Wellness Programs
Life at Colony
With over 60 locations and 1,200 employees, Colony Hardware is the leading distributor of Tools, Equipment, Fasteners, Supplies, and Safety Products to commercial construction and industrial accounts throughout our markets. At Colony, our people are our most valuable asset. Success as a Colony Associate means being reliable, conscientious, and passionate. With our direction centered on teamwork, every employee at Colony will not only find their work to be meaningful, but will have the opportunity to grow alongside Colony, both professionally and personally. If you possess a will to win and would like to join a culture where integrity and collaboration are integral to success, apply to Colony Hardware today to join our growing family!
Colony’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Colony Hardware Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, religion, marital status, victim of domestic violence, familial status, genetic predisposition or information, disability, Family and Medical Leave, military or veteran status, citizenship, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.