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Demand Planner

Date:  Jul 7, 2021

Salisbury, MD, US, 21804

Req ID:  42463
Job Function:  Supply Chain & Logistics

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into its second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


The Demand Planner will interact with Customer Service, Sales, Trade Marketing and Supply Planning associates to gain intelligence to improve quality of forecast for assigned channels, customers or products. They will monitor forecast accuracy and bias and tune statistical forecast models to improve overall forecast quality. The Demand Planner will work cross functionally to resolve Issues related to Imbalances between supply and demand.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Manages JDA statistical forecast models. Accurately maintains master data that drives forecast models. Takes action, based on forecast exception reports, and tunes forecast models to improve forecast accuracy and quality.
  2. Monitors forecast accuracy and bias for assigned customers, channels or products. Takes a proactive approach to gain intelligence needed to improve forecast quality. Systematically reviews forecast with Sales team for assigned channels to gain consensus of overall forecast.
  3. Reacts to forecast concerns raised by Supply Planners, Trade Marketing, Sales or Marketing. Continuously works to improve overall forecast Quality.
  4. Maintains weekly reporting that illustrates forecast accuracy, forecast bias and future supply and demand balance where appropriate.
  5. Takes a leadership role in vetting forecast with assigned channels or customer groups quarterly. Makes appropriates changes to forecast to match expectations of individual sales teams. Passes updated forecast to finance to be used as volume input to the company’s financial forecast. Maintains reporting that shows comparison of ongoing statistical forecast to quarterly financial forecast updates and annual operating plan.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelors degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Statistics, Mathematics or related field.  In the absence of a degree, related work experience may be considered.

Experience Requirements

  • If degreed, 0 - 3 years work experience. 
  • Possesses sound usiness and industry experience and above average numerate and analytical skills. 
  • Knowledge of statistics and forecasting techniques; knowledge of JDA demand and Demand 360 and knowledge of SAP as it relates to customer orders, history and hierarchies are required. 
  • Requires a detailed and working knowledge of computers and an understanding of how data is passed between systems. 
  • Above average analytical skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and proficiency in use of Excel are required.

Experience Preferred

  • Similar industry and supply chain experience is a plus. 
  • Working knowledge of planning systems such as JDA/Manugistics/SAP APO a plus.  

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

Position is mostly sedentary but may require occasional moving to other offices or buildings.  May need to move light equipment or supplies from one place to another. May need to access files, supplies and equipment.

When in a plant environment: Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces.

May be exposed to temperatures of 28 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both ambient and 100% humidity. May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db. to 110 db.

May be exposed to all chemicals used in poultry, food, processing facility.

Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job as directed by the Company.  May need to climb ladders.

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Salisbury