Senior Demand Planner

Aurora Cannabis - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Reporting to the Demand Planning Manager, the Senior Demand Planner will support our exponential sales growth by balancing supply and demand to ensure availability of the right product at the right time, with heavy emphasis on a sense of urgency, internal collaboration, and teamwork. The Senior Demand Planner is responsible for all forecasting activities which include, but are not limited to, creating and maintaining forecast models, collaborating with the business intelligence team and gathering information from sales, marketing, finance and other internal and external sources.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversee demand planning and manage processes for new products
Develop demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons as part of a demand planning function
Create statistical forecasts: gather/analyze and validate data, execute statistical modeling software, review resulting statistical forecast model, apply error analysis techniques to improve forecasting, summarize/aggregate statistical forecasts
Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results
Develop cannabis allocation strategy, deciding on how best to deploy cannabis across markets, channels, categories, and sku’s.
Develop allocations to maximise revenue, margin, increase Brand value and achieve strategic targets.
Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions
Interact with sales, marketing, and customer finance to understand demand forecast drivers
Utilize a collaborative and consensus approach by working with Sales, Marketing and Customer Finance to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used for demand forecasts
Use and maintain the Demand Planning software as the primary forecasting system tool
Provide input to the Supply Planning organization in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs
Closely coordinate and communicate customer action plans with supply planning

KNOWELDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrated proficiency in statistics, forecasting and forecasting methods with an understanding of their financial and operational impacts
Broad knowledge and excellent understanding of a range of business intelligence concepts and common business functions and practices, including but not limited to maintenance management, inventory management, customer service, records management, policies and procedures and reporting
Demonstrated ability to quickly adapt; maintain focus and a high degree of accuracy while working with complex data in an environment of ever-changing deadlines, priorities and requirements
Strong analytical, organizational, decision making, and presentation skills
Strong facilitation skills are required
Strong interpersonal skills are also essential to effectively interact with all teams, areas and levels of business affecting the forecast process
Self-motivated, solid time management
Strong computer skills – including excel (e.g., Pivot tables, VLOOKUP, linking, macros, etc.)

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
3-5 years experience in a similar role within a global growth-oriented CPG environment
Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Business, Economics, Marketing or relevant discipline
Experience using ERP systems – Sage, SAP, JDE, or Oracle Demand Planning or other software related to demand planning is preferred

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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