Planning & Strategy
Act as a reliable business partner to effectively pick up demand associated requirements across all sales channels (Retail/ Digital/ Wholesales, etc) in Japan (occasional back up to other regions/markets)
Responsible for facilitating the monthly market Demand Review process and ensure FuturMaster reflects the latest Demand Plan for both baseline statistical forecasts and Scheduled Demand for the next 18 month period.
Lead market S&OP meetings and interacting with the retail operation, digital, business development, finance, and other commercial functions to understand demand forecast drivers.
Formulate demand plan for events like a new product launch, new store opening, product phase-in/out and promotion/seasonality, etc
Monitors and understands sell-through performance in relation to forecast
Facilitate cross-functional decision-making process with fact base and simulation scenarios
Capture all follow up action items and follow up with action owners to ensure proper execution as plan
Collaborate closely with global and market supply chain, and ensure aligned understanding of business expectation and key decisions made
Keep track of assumptions against reality and commit analysis to identify the forecast changes and potential gap
Monitors weekly demand consumptions and contribute to Weekly Tactical Demand and Supply Review in the region to ensure demand is prioritized in case of stock constraints.
In collaboration with logistics, communicates stock constraints and Demand Prioritization to relevant Key stake holders.
Reviews and understands gaps between market forecast and budget and communicates these with key stakeholders Channel performance management
Shape forecast for the key sales channel and coordinate with supply team to define individual safety stock level
Monitor the channel supply status and coordinate with individual commercial teams for supply allocation decisions during constrained situation
Maximize and well balance the service level and stock availability for each sales channel Systems and processes
Manages all Demand related parameters/configuration in forecasting system to allow high quality and reliable data available for planning and business decision-making.
Ensures Demand Planning activities are undertaken in line with global standards and share market insight with global DP team for continuous improvement
Provide feedback and recommendation to the global team for system/process improvement/enhancement. Financials and performance management
Support commercial teams to review the status-quo and identify risks or opportunities to ensure target achievements.
Engage in annual budget and quarterly financial forecast processes to ensure proper alignment of unit forecast trend to latest sales budget
Monitor demand associated metrics (Forecast accuracy, bias error, etc) regularly to identify key performance drivers, commit analysis in detail to generate intelligence for future improvement
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Degree holder in Supply Chain, Statistics or other Business related disciplines
Minimum 5 years of practical experience in planning and analysis, preferably with retail experience in multi-national company or cosmetic industry
Solid experience in S&OP or IBP process is required.
Strong business acumen with outstanding analytical as well as problem-solving skills.
Ability to build effective and influential relationships in a cross-functional and international team environment
Excellent interpersonal & organizational skills
Proactive and methodical approach to work
Experience with the demand planning systems is an advantage