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Demand Planner, AR


Date: Aug 18, 2019

Location: Bentonville, AR, AR, US

Company: DANONE

Danone North America is the largest Benefit Corporation in the world. Our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Some of our brands include: Dannon, Activia, Horizon Organic, Happy Family, International Delight, Silk, Vega, Oikos, Light & Fit, So Delicious Dairy Free, Stok, Two Good, Wallaby Organic, Left Field Farms, Good Plants Diary Free, Yo Crunch, Evian & Nutricia.


Danone North America is looking for a Demand Planner, AR in Bentonville, AR.


The Demand Planner will provide timely and accurate forecasts as a key part of the S&OP process by brand, pack group and sales division monthly basis for other departments. They will ensure the correct use of forecast consumption models, innovation planning, and provide accurate input for the forecast alignment process in terms of Baseline forecast, Marketing event impact and Trade Events intelligence working with the Sales and Marketing teams.




  • Use of syndicated data and forecasting models to build customer/brand forecasts
  • Analyze and adjust forecast based on category/product trends along with changes in marketing and sales plans.
  • Active leader and participation on the S&OP forecast process, responsible for building and aligning 18 month forecast by brand/product group based on sales and marketing plan input
  • Align with field sales planning and VPs on forecast updates and drivers on rolling 18 month
  • Development of forecasts for new product rollouts and line extensions, utilizing SAP based APO Demand Planning system (knowledge of APO system a plus) and like item performance
  • Develop and analyze short term forecast and promotional volume in APO (Demand Planning Tool) utilizing POS trends, promotional plans, marketing plans, and customer inventory levels
  • Maintain scorecard data to monitor and optimize forecast performance on an on-going basis.
  • Analyze the short term/long term forecast vs. actual, by promotion, UPC and major customer through report development, preparation and review.
  • Responsible for the accuracy of S&OP forecast brand, sales division, pack group by month
  • Manage new launches from a demand planning perspective and give proactive feedback to the Demand Planning team and to the Brand and Sales team as well.
  • Develop projects to improve the Demand Planning organization and efficiency.


Education and Experience (Requirements):


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Supply Chain, Engineering, or Finance
  • 4+ years of Demand Planning experience or relevant work experience.
  • Expertise in Demand Planning software


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • SAP APO application experience preferred
  • Experience in CPG industry with a specific emphasis on Planning or Supply Chain functions preferred
  • Superior MS Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point skills
  • Expertise using Syndicated data sources (IRI, Nielsen, Retail Link)
  • Superior analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate technical and analytical concepts
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work both on short term and long term planning
  • Experience in work with cross functional teams
  • Presentation and communication skills



Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit 

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

Nearest Major Market: Fayetteville

Job Segment: Engineer, Supply Chain, Demand Planner, ERP, Field Sales, Engineering, Operations, Technology, Sales

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