Demand Planner

Purchasing/Procurement PLAINFIELD, Indiana


Position at Balkamp

Job Description

The role of the Demand Planner is to develop and maintain a detailed demand plan using statistical tools, intelligence gathering and internal/external collaboration. This position is a key driver in creating and managing the demand signals by which to align the rest of the supply chain and company resources. Responsibilities: *

Job Functions

Manage Sales Line forecasts and develop rolling 18 month line level demand plans

  • Work closely with Sales, Marketing, Category & Sourcing Managers to identify trends and refine the demand plan
  • Function as team member of the S&OP Process. Maintain KPI's of forecast accuracy and bias, service metrics, and total sales vs. quota
  • Develop, monitor and communicate reports on forecast accuracy to Business Unit and Supply Chain organizations, while driving continuous improvement
    • Track performance and provide analysis of actual versus demand plan
  • Lead the pre-consensus discussion from a demand/forecasting perspective at Sales Line level
  • Work proactively with Sales, Marketing, and Supply Chain to avoid order shortages and excess inventory
  • Work to maintain 12 month promotional calendar in conjunction with Sales and Marketing
  • Monitor promotions, events, and market conditions to ensure accurate demand plans
  • Develop New Item Introduction and Life Cycle Plans
  • Provide analysis and reports as required in support of KPI improvement
  • Provide analysis and support for SKU rationalization and other business initiatives


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 1-4 years of demand planning or relevant supply chain coursework/experience 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Outlook etc.) 
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • Strong project management, process and conceptual skills 
  • Demonstrated success in problem solving 
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Financial acumen coupled with effective inter-personal style
  • Track record of cross-functional interaction
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously Perferred Experience
  • Automotive Aftermarket 
  • Demand Solutions DS1 Forecast Management

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.