Demand Planning Staff

Job Title: Demand Planning Staff
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Shinjuku, Japan
Salary: 4000000 - 5000000
Reference: 10480
Contact Name: Mike Byrnes
Job Published: August 03, 2018 09:00

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Demand Planner is responsible for style level forecasts for specific categories from pre-season estimates to in-season monthly demand forecasts using historical data, statistical projections, and market feedback. The forecasts need to be monitored and maintained throughout the season. Forecast confidence, opportunities and risks need to be effectively communicated to Supply Planners and Buyers.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Build seasonal and monthly demand forecasts at style-color level based on strategic category revenue and profitability goals, market conditions and opportunities, advertising plans, customer bookings and sell-through, category cancellation trends, account door profiles and growth plans. The demand plan is the input for the finished goods flow plan maintained by the Supply Planner.

  • Provide on-going reconciliation of the style forecast to the financial targets.

  • Support line development process by creating initial consensus seasonal style level forecasts in collaboration with Sales and Merchandising.

  • Provide analysis to help Merch set style count targets at the beginning of season.

  • Support line planning, SKU management, and long range material planning by creating seasonal full-price sales forecasts at the style and style-color level.

  • Determine and communicate forecast confidence, including risks and opportunities, to the

Supply Planners.

Secondary Functions:

• Build and maintain customer profiles including reorder and cancel patterns, door growth, direct ship volumes, assortments, etc.

• Understand, explain and track anomalies that affect the demand curves and category forecasts.

  • ​​​​​​​Provide analysis, information and recommendations of opportunities to the Merchandising team.

Participate in line planning meetings.

Review and evaluate Sales Rep forecasts.
Contribute to the smooth flow of information and efficient operation of the organization by maintaining positive, open lines of communication with all company management and staff, other departments and other office locations.
Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Superior analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Proactive and assertive in follow-through with colleagues and business partners, including a high degree of self direction.

  • The ability to collaborate and influence others.

  • The ability to apply experience and knowledge to provide creative solutions to problems.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write clear and concise business communication.

  • The ability to speak in front of groups of varying sizes and levels within the company.

  • The ability to manage ambiguous information.

  • Experience in key supply chain functions including sales forecasting, material requirements, master production schedules, production planning, manufacturing, inbound and outbound logistics, and distribution.

  • Experience using information systems associated with demand and supply planning.

  • Significant experience using Microsoft Excel to create spreadsheets, charts and pivot tables; proficiency with functions such as sumif, vlookup, etc.

  • Basic experience using Microsoft Access, including creating queries, table joins, creating simple reports

Core Competency

• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Supply Chain Management or equivalent work experience Logistics or Business Management

  • Proactive and “can-do” attitude.

  • Highly organized and detail oriented.

  • Good at teamwork.

  • Can working under pressure.

  • Good learn ability and change management.