Senior Demand Planning Manager

AP Professionals
July 16, 2021
Job Type
Street Address
500 Linden Oaks
Rochester, NY


AP Professionals has partnered with a manufacturer looking for a Senior Manager of Demand Planning. The Senior Manager of Demand Planning will provide strategic guidance, tactical execution, and people development on their team. Create and lead the sales inventory and operations planning (SI&OP) process and handle the overall production planning for product lines. Candidates who are experts on material planning and sales and operations planning processes are encouraged to apply. Prior experience in a manufacturing environment required.

This position is not eligible for sponsorship and requires a U.S. Citizen


  • Lead, coach and mentor direct reports that will deliver in a growth environment
  • Prepare efficient training programs for all planning processes and manage inventory level for all components and finished products and ensure compliance to all business requirements
  • Develop, implement, drive, and manage the SI&OP process and execute the plan that supports a “zero back-order” environment while optimizing inventory positions
  • Build and foster a culture of “planning excellence” and accountability
  • Drive product alignment across the teams
  • Champion operational excellence, establishing metrics and processes for planning and operations assessment and improvement
  • Be the Subject Matter expert in master data and the SI&OP process
  • Work with Product Management, Operations, and Sales to manage the current and forecasted demand for each production value stream.
  • Develop and lead the implementation of tools and templates to drive consistent planning and outcomes. Work with the Commercial and Operations Teams to develop strategic, operating, growth, action plans and related dashboards.
  • Implement a master schedule system to coordinate all production planning activities, including monitoring of customer demand through booked orders and forecasts, and scheduling current capacity relative to equipment, material availability, and manpower
  • Assist the Commercial Team in developing lead times, schedules, and production plans in development of customer contracts
  • Plan and manage inventory levels for the factory against monthly and quarterly goals, provide inventory forecasts to leadership, and develop/optimize detailed locations for all raw material.
  • Coordinate tactical activities to ensure successful on-time-delivery through effective planning and execution of personnel, machine capacity, materials, and processes in partnership with operations and purchasing
  • Produce regular reports and statistics on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis for on time performance metrics to customer requirements including root cause and corrective action measures for improvement.
  • Report to operations management any discrepancies and threats on a timely basis with the objective of resolving any issues and to avoid production delivery delays.
  • Leverage and recommend improvements to the ERP system to drive planning activities, metrics, performance, and operational execution



  • Bachelor's degree in Operations Management, Materials Management, Supply Chain, Business, or related field
  • APICS Certification preferred
  • Lean Six Sigma certification preferred


  • 7+ years’ experience in Demand Planning and Operations required
  • Experience with MRP/ERP systems, JDE experience a plus!
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment required
  • Prior experience in leading demand planning/supply chain teams and supporting their success
  • Prior experience with developing and/or leading SIOP process

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics

  • Effective and persuasive leadership comfortable with all levels of staff
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to implement change management for optimum team performance
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