Job Summary : The Demand and Supply Planner builds sales forecast in cooperation with the countries in Middle East region which will be used as basis in the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP).
Manages the supply of Finished Goods (FGs), reagents, instruments and packaging Materials (PM). Ensures that these are systematically delivered to local 3PL facilities complete in quantity, in good quality condition, on the most economical and timely basis (Distribution costs, costs of inventory, scrap costs).
The role ensures continuous improvement of sales forecasting processes, systems and interfaces to distributors. This is a backfill position for a period of 12 months.
Key Duties and Responsibilities :
Plan future market demands in cooperation with countries and maintain data in SAP APO, provide inou for S&OP through demand review meeting with countries
Prepare background information (demand history, sales trend, seasonality) to support sales forecasting
Work with the Sales and Marketing teams to integrate market intelligence into the forecasts
Prepare and support the Forecast Review process
Measure and report forecast accuracy
Lead root-cause analysis into major forecast variances
Lead initiatives to improve forecast accuracy
Develop and monitor SAP settings for consuming the forecasts and accepting orders
Work with the New Product Development team to forecast sales of new products (PIPO team)
Monitor and report on significant variances between sales forecasts, budgets and business plans
Coordinate with production planners in RDG in handling exceptions
Ensure that the sales forecasting systems are used effectively
Provide input to the development of inventory policies and parameters
Develop Standard Operating Procedures for the sales forecasting processes for RDME and each country of the region
Material master data administration
Material setup in SAP when requested by local Marketing or when the product is launched globally and needs to be added it in affiliate’s assortment.
Continuous maintenance and updates of master data, according to the life cycle of each individual item.
Shelf Life Monitoring
Guarantee that stock in the warehouse meets the predefined minimum shelf life (MSL)
Define MSL per product, whenever applicable
Inform Marketing and Customers about the MSL per product
Customer relationship Development
Through close collaboration with the logistics representatives in countries develop robust planning procedure (involvement of the distributor is required).
Develop and roll out standards on S&OP process, that guarantee smooth processing.
Warehouse Coordination and communication :
Coordinate stock movements, claims and issues with the warehouse
Ensure that products that are blocked or under investigation by quality department are under quarantine, not available for sales orders.
IT improvements and testing
Develop and request IT improvements in SAP with local and / or global IT department
Processing of tests for changes in SAP, coordinated by global or local IT
Compliance : You are expected to adhere through your conduct to all applicable laws and regulations as well as to the high integrity standards as set forth by Roche
Qualifications, Skills and Experience :
The applicant must hold a BSc degree in Supply Chain or Business Administration
Five years of experience in Supply Chain
You are expert SAP / APO module and experinence of S&OP
You are able to communicate in both English (read, write, speak)
You have good reporting, Negotiating, Problem Solving skills
You have a Strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with both internal and external customers
You are self-motivated and practical
You are able and willing to work on your own, or as a member of a team
You can demonstrate competence in analytics (numeric / data processing and interpretations) inventory management