Demand Planner

Job title : Demand Planner
Location : Tokyo
Job type : Permanent
Discipline Logistics & Supply Chain
Salary : 7,000,000 - 9,000,000
Contact : Maribeth Mockovak
Email : email Maribeth
Reference : JOB_007299[989]

A leading multinational tobacco manufacturer is seeking a Demand Planner! 

We’re totally transforming our business and building our future on smoke-free products with the power to improve the lives of a billion smokers worldwide.

With huge change, comes huge opportunity. So, wherever you join us, you’ll enjoy the freedom to dream up and deliver better, brighter solutions and the space to move your career forward in endlessly different directions.

This role own, lead, and manage the demand planning process for its market.
(1) Lead the implementation of the global demand planning template collaborating within the market to ensure

that the most relevant data and business intelligence is used to generate the most accurate demand forecast and responds quickly to demand signals maximizing service levels .

(2) Lead the overall market demand planning process ensuring timely availability and accuracy of the plans based on a statistical baseline and market intelligence collected from the various key stakeholders in the market (Finance, BDP, Commercial etc).

(3) Ensures that new product introductions are timely reflected into the demand plans while meeting service, cash and cost targets by collaborating with the Global Category Team and Customer Service.

(4) Assist and support the manager S&OP in preparation and facilitation of market S&OP, identifying main drivers, opportunities and risks while ensuring the outcome is seamlessly integrated into the subsequent supply chain planning processes.

(5) Responsible for forecasting performance, process excellence, continuous improvement and adherence/implementation of global standards and reporting requirements.


Accountability 1
Drive the forecasting process for the market to meet and beat forecast accuracy objectives by

(1) Coordinating the generation and maintenance of an 18 months rolling forecast following a precise planning drumbeat

(2) Ensure use & maintenance of the Digital Planning solution and master data to guarantee the efficiency of the process through automation

(3) Ensure identification of demand plan variations and exceptions

(4) Drive root cause analysis and corrective actions

(5) Ensure efficient management of phase-in phase-out in terms of cash, cost and service

(6) Ensure Market Intelligence is properly collected, integrated and maintained from the relevant stakeholders following a precise drumbeat for all markets & products in scope

(7) Manage business issues, their resolutions and follow up

(8) Identify forecast risks and opportunities.


Accountability 2

Assist and support the preparation of the market S&OP meetings.

(1) Advise Customer Service (Regional, local) of variances between existing forecasts, plans, actuals, budgets.

(2) Drive alignment of plans and/or corrective actions in forecasting that will improve our supply chain metrics in the area of cost, cash and services.

(3) Report on forecasting performance through standard KPIs, dashboard and reporting.

(4) Monitor the demand planning metrics and use root cause analysis to resolve largest gaps.

(5) Provide input to the supply planning organization in developing inventory and service level target on existing and new products.


Accountability 3

Collaborate with the Global Category Team, Regional Customer Service and Markets to manage products lifecycle.

(1) Ensure specific care for new product introduction by aligning plans with the different stakeholders, assessing their impact in terms of service, cash and cost.

(2) Ensure the plans are reflect into the market forecast, follow up and monitor their execution.

(3) Report on plan performance vs. actuals, previous forecast, and budget.



  • Japanese/English: Fluent
  • With at least 2-3 yearsexperience in Supply Chain within a multinational environment,
  • Bachelor or Master's degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management or related fields



Our success depends on the men and women who come to work every single day with a sense of purpose and an appetite for progress. You too can:

• Seize the freedom to define your future and ours – we’ll empower you to take risks, experiment and explore

• Be part of an inclusive, diverse culture, where everyone’s contribution is respected; collaborate with some of the world’s best people and feel like you belong

• Pursue your ambitions and develop your skills with a global business – our staggering size and scale provides endless opportunities to progress

• Take pride in delivering our promise to society: to improve the lives of a billion smokers



The world’s leading international tobacco company, with six of the world's top 15 international brands and products sold in more than 180 markets. In addition to the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, including the number one global cigarette brand, and other tobacco products, the company is engaged in the development and commercialization of Reduced-Risk Products (“RRPs”). RRPs is the term we use to refer to products that present, are likely to present, or have the potential to present less risk of harm to smokers who switch to these products versus continued smoking. We have a range of RRPs in various stages of development, scientific assessment and commercialization. Because our RRPs do not burn tobacco, they produce far lower quantities of harmful and potentially harmful compounds than found in cigarette smoke.