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Demand Planning Analyst (Boise, ID)

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


In support of the Food Groups strategic direction, this position plays a critical role in progressing the Food Group’s Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process. The role is accountable for driving discussion and decisions, prior to and as a component of the integrated demand management review working through senior leaders to help drive key business decisions.  In this element of the planning process, this person will work closely with Sales & Marketing and Operations to help match demand to supply in an efficient and profitable manner.  This role is responsible for the development of demand shaping recommendations for consideration by the demand owners through cross functional collaboration with teams including Sales & Marketing, Operations and Finance etc. to help shape and optimize customer and product portfolios.  This role requires discipline to manage within strict timelines as defined by the S&OP process.  This role requires significant emphasis on skills including analytics, critical thinking, communication and relationship management.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead teams with participants from Operations Planning, Finance, and Sales & Marketing to advise senior demand management team on maximization of long term profitability through active management of product and customer mix. 
  • Develop sales forecasts through a compilation of demand streams including statistical modeling, market inputs, macroeconomic signals, competitive threats, qualitative feedback through both Sales and Marketing and consideration of risks and opportunities against the plan. 
  • Collaborate with Sales, Marketing, Operations and Finance to optimize customer satisfaction and profitability through improved case fill rates, increased forecast accuracy, and optimization of inventory positioning. 
  • Develop proposals to improve demand fulfillment with consideration for the customers’ needs across a holistic view of the supply chain network (customer/Simplot).  Work with key customers to deliver better integrated network performance and solutions. 
  • Coordinate with Sales and Operations to maximize customer satisfaction while ensuring alignment to strategy.  Ensure effective utilization of capacity through situational events (i.e. allocations, raw crop transitions, etc.). 
  • Coordinates communication of business plans and collaborates on solutions with the Operations teams to find optimal supply options particularly in times of constraint.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university
  • Degree in Mathematics, Economics and/or MBA strongly preferred 

Relevant Experience

  • 2+ years related experience and/or training

Other Information

  • Possess an aptitude for understanding the supply chain dynamics involved in forecasting, production, inventory and distribution. Experience with a formal Sales and Operations Planning process a plus. Experience with demand planning / forecasting software is preferred.
  • Higher math beyond algebra; Experience with supply chain software; Excellent communication skills (verbal and written); Excellent interpersonal skills; The Demand Planning Analyst resolves most questions and problems and refers only the most complex issues to higher levels. Assignments are frequently non-routine.
  • Ability to work with strict time-lines; Exhibits both excellent critical thinking and interpersonal skills.
  • Preference given to Master's degree or APICs certification.

Job Requisition ID: 12035

Travel Required: None

Location(s): Simplot Headquarters - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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