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Demand Planner

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Demand Planner

  • 2021-25516
  • Hercules, California, United States

Bio-Rad's global Planning team is looking for an experienced Demand Planner to join us. This position leads the global and regional demand planning process for assigned products. The Demand Planner is the driver behind the development of the demand forecast, including the management of the process. The Demand Planner is also responsible for ensuring that high-quality demand forecasts are developed by leveraging assumption-based cross-functional inputs, trends, new product introductions, and knowledge of the business.


  • Manage and drive the global and regional demand planning process for assigned product families.
  • Generate a rolling 24 month demand forecast evaluating results and adjust statistical models.
  • Review historical sales data, identify trends, and adjust forecast as required.
  • Review forecast error metrics and identify actions to reduce forecast error and bias.
  • Collaborates with Commercial and Product Managers to ensure that cross functional inputs are captured, assessed, and incorporated into the demand forecast. 
  • Review trends and key forecast changes to the demand forecast in the monthly Demand Review meetings to align the Commercial and Product Managers, Finance, Global and Regional Supply Planners, and Operations.
  • Monitor & track metrics to assess the effectiveness of the demand planning process and forecasting performance, and to work towards continuous improvement.
  • Monitor and ensure the integrity and accuracy for relevant master data maintained in SAP to support the demand forecasting tool.
  • Work with the Supply Planners to identify items for the SKU Optimization Process.
  • Assist in development of annual plans and to identify gaps to the annual plans compared to the bottoms up demand forecast build.
  • S&OP:
  • Participates in the monthly S&OP process for their business/product family and serves as the key contact between commercial team and operations team.
  • Ensure relevant issues are raised in the Supply Review Meetings and any follow-up actions or decisions are communicated back to the organization and acted upon.
  • Aligns with team on current month + next 90 day forecast, balance of the year forecast and quantifies risks and opportunities of the consensus demand plan (CDP). 
  • Explains demand shortfalls and spikes to the appropriate stakeholders in the SOP process, including the options/plans to mitigate risk.
  • General:
  • Ensures that aligned forecast from the S&OP process is input into SAP before last Friday of the month
  • Leads the analysis to identify potential gaps and opportunities to improve forecast accuracy and bias.
  • Monitor supply chain key performance indicators, perform root cause analysis, implement action plans and strive for continuous improvement.
  • Provide process and system training for new personnel.


  • Required BS/BA; quantitative majors preferred.
  • 3-5+ years Demand Planning quantitative experience required.
  • Experience with Demand Planning systems – SAPAPO, KInaxis, i2, JDA/Manugistics, Demantra.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Power BI).
  • Working knowledge of time-series forecasting.
  • Strong analytical, numerical and problem solving skills.
  • Effective time management skills to meet deadlines.
  • Strong influence skills to work in a matrixed organization.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Cross-functional team leadership skills, including ability to identify and resolve issues/opportunities.
  • Demonstrated thought leadership by independently developing and advocating a point of view.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks.
  • Results oriented self-starter with a strong sense of ownership.
  • Supply-chain knowledge preferred.


Vaccination Requirement:


Due to the higher threat of more infectious and deadly COVID-19 variant strains emerging, Bio-Rad recently announced a new mandatory vaccination policy requiring its US employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Bio-Rad will make reasonable accommodations for valid exemptions based on disability, medical, or religious reasons. With this policy, Bio-Rad joins a growing list of companies that are prioritizing sound science and available facts to best ensure the ongoing safety of its employees and the community.


About Bio-Rad:


Bio-Rad is a global leader providing a broad array of clinical diagnostics and life science research products. With a team of more than 8,000 employees and a global network of operations serving our customers, we help people live longer, healthier lives.


Bio-Rad was founded over six decades ago and has continued to provide the healthcare industry with innovative and useful products that help life science researchers accelerate the discovery process and medical diagnostic labs obtain faster, better results.


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