US Demand Planner

Medtronic Inc. Boulder , CO 80301

Posted 2 weeks ago

Careers that Change Lives

Do meaningful work, make a difference, and improve lives starting with your own. We are seeking a Demand Planner to lead the regional forecasting cycle and oversee the forecasting process from strategy to execution for assigned portfolio.

The Minimally Invasive Therapies Group strives to enable earlier diagnosis, better treatment, faster complication-free recovery, and enhanced patient outcomes through less invasive surgical solutions.

We value what makes you unique. Be a part of a company that thinks differently to solve problems, make progress, and deliver meaningful innovations.

A Day in the Life

As the Demand Planner, you will be part of a highly collaborative global, cross-functional team working to develop and implement focused supply chain strategies which support business growth and profitability objectives, including customer satisfaction and product cost management. You will advance and implement strategies throughout each stage of the product lifecycle, including new product launch planning and execution, inventory and obsolescence management, product rationalization, and performance monitoring. You will own and drive continuous improvement within Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning Process (SIOP) assessing variation within demand and supply and proactively manage alignment and communication flows. You will liaise with and coordinate across multiple manufacturing sites and distribution centers which directly impact product availability and customer service level.

You will:

  • Utilize demand history to statistically forecast demand for all products and families assigned (operational forecasts).

  • Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, summarize data, validate and evaluate forecast results.

  • Participate in cross-functional reviews to reconcile variances in demand forecasts and refine to reflect updated Sales & Marketing initiatives & inputs.

  • Keep cross-functional partners, management and manufacturing sites aware of trends, potential changes and upside/downside risks.

  • Manage SIOP demand planning & regional review sub-process for applicable portfolio, focusing on operational plan change drivers and financial plan gap-closing opportunities.

  • Support business execution of new programs and initiatives for new product launches and phase-outs.

  • Support master data maintenance and planning processes.

  • Use, understand and maintain cross-functional linkages within the organization's demand planning software. (SAP, Manugistics, or other ERP system)

  • Provide input to the Supply Planning organization in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs.

  • Participate in collaborative projects with cross-functional partners.

  • Partner with Supply Planners and other Regional Demand Planners.

  • Monitor key performance indicators to increase effectiveness of supply chain initiatives.

  • Reconcile annual plans with demand plans and communicate any gaps.

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

Bachelors Degree plus a minimum of 2 years demonstrated results in Supply Chain management, demand planning, production scheduling, and / or forecasting

Nice to Have:

  • Experience using SAP, Manugistics, or other ERP system

  • Demonstrated knowledge of use of Microsoft Office products

  • MBA or equivalent Masters degree with an emphasis on supply chain management or advanced supply chain information systems.

  • Strong communication skills with a proven ability to understand key concepts and communicate with business stakeholders.

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to perform under pressure and manage multiple priorities with competing demands.

  • Strong analytical, data processing and problem-solving skills.

  • Proficiency in process formulation, process improvement and project management.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistics, forecasting and forecasting methods with an understanding of financial and operational impacts.

  • Building relationships with key internal and external customers based on trust and confidence.

  • Data gathering and quantitative and qualitative data analysis, including business process metrics and measures linking to business KPIs.

  • Translating business goals and metrics into business process outcomes and related business cases for specific projects.

  • Knowledge of finance, sales, marketing, regulatory, R&D and other supply chain functions.

  • Ability to overcome ambiguity, imperfect data, and the limits of process definition to achieve exceptional and timely results.

  • Experienced in utilizing outputs from Sales, Inventory and Operational Planning systems to improve supply chain planning and inventory management.

  • Medical Device or other regulated industry experience.

  • Experience with large global manufacturer/distributor operations in a matrix organization.

  • Experience developing and implementing change initiatives requiring collaboration and influence management skills.

  • Institute of Business Forecasting and/or APICS certification

  • Super user knowledge of SAP APO and R3 and/or other planning systems

  • Experience applying DMAIC or lean sigma methodologies

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let's work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients' lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)


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