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Demand Planner


  • Kildare
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  • Permanent full-time
  • Updated 07/11/2017
  • Kerry Group
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Demand planning is to provide Kerry with 'one set of numbers' driving the business. To generate a monthly forecast for a portfolio of products through a combination of statistical analysis, gathering of market intelligence.


Kerry is responding to consumer demand for real ingredients with better, more authentic and nutritious taste experiences. With 40 years' experience and 24,000 staff on six continents, Kerry has a renewed focus on Taste & Nutrition where the science of taste merges with the science of nutrition. We combine our deep understanding of taste with our in-depth knowledge of people, culture, life stage and daily nutritional needs. By partnering with Kerry, customers are taken on a journey to make food, beverage and pharma products that people enjoy and feel better about. We call this Leading to Better.

We are looking for people with ambition, vision and a commitment to excellence in a dynamic business environment to achieve and sustain this growth on a long-term basis. In return we offer stimulating and rewarding careers from employee to management to leadership levels in a global food organisation.


Demand planning is to provide Kerry with 'one set of numbers' driving the business. To generate a monthly forecast for a portfolio of products through a combination of statistical analysis, gathering of market intelligence and engagement with customers/commercial on understanding and forecasting future demand. Review orders received versus forecast and understand where orders not received. The demand planner plays a critical role in facilitating the communication between the commercial team, finance and the supply chain. The demand planner is also tasked with securing a demand consensus as part of the monthly process.


Key responsibilities of the role are summarized below and are subject to change according to business needs:

  • Generate a monthly consensus Forecasts of all product categories at multiple levels of aggregation at a planning horizon of 18 months.
  • Coordinate cross-functional activities in cooperation with commercial managers, and Finance to ensure a coherent forecasting plan reconciling significant variances and reflecting updated trends in the market.
  • Provide timely, accurate and insightful analysis and commentary on trends and patterns to support commercial and finance.
  • Provide input to Supply Planning in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-in/outs
  • Work closely with Finance to understand how volume forecast translates in value terms.
  • Review Forecast Accuracy and Bias results, where necessary carry out root cause analysis and provide recommendations to future forecasts.
  • Manage the monthly demand reconciliation review reporting on the relevant KPIs, assumptions and risks contained in the demand plan.
  • Be intrinsically part of the NPI process managing the integrity of data on the system.

Technical Skills & Experience

  • Candidate will be qualified to degree level and have at least 1+ Years Professional/Industry experience
  • Familiar with forecasting and planning methodologies is desirable.
  • Have a strong commercial and market understanding
  • Customer orientation and marked Commercial skills
  • SAP experience desirable
  • Experience in an FMCG environment desirable
  • Strong excel skills
  • Excellent analytical skills

Personal Competencies

  • Must be a team player who has ability to be flexible and develop in the role.
  • Customer service orientated
  • Good communication and influencing skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Process and procedurally oriented
  • Strong communication skills
  • Change management skills

Leadership Competencies

  • Role Modelling 1Kerry
  • Vision & Strategic Thinking
  • Matrix Management / Business Connect
  • People & Self Development
  • Leading & Managing Change
  • Delivery of Sustainable Results
  • Customer Engagement & Relationships

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Ref: 2017-10205_1508248552
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