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Demand Planner

Job Description

Department mission

Contribute to Stryker’s profile or image of success by professionally Managing the International EMEA Inventory (free- and consignment stock) resulting in Optimal Service level at the lowest Total Cost of Ownership.

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Basic Function

The Demand Planner will be responsible for building the Demand forecast for its region / division, by analyzing market trends and capturing existing and future market requirements. For that objective the individual will facilitate necessary communication with business leaders/VP GM’s and Global Operations Integrated Business Planning Managers. The individual will work with regional marketing and operations partners to reconcile and synchronize demand forecasts to maintain product availability while keeping inventory investments at targeted levels. The forecast provided will be used by the Supply Planners to help determine manufacturing needs and resources required to meet the plan. Investment decisions could be made based on the information provided by the Demand Planner.

Reporting / Communication lines

  • Report to the Supply Chain Manager
  • Internal communication: Supply Planning, Staff, Finance, Product Management, IBP, Forecast Modelling Team, Customer Service Department, RA/QA, General Managers, VP/GM’s, Asset Management.
  • External communication: Stryker subsidiaries, Vendors


  • Work closely with the Supply Planners to ensure accurate and on time replenishment of stock and optimal Customer Service levels & Inventory levels.
  • Proactively assemble and analyze all data (historical sales, market trends, seasonality, promotions) and apply forecasting techniques to create the sales forecast. In addition, capture any new in requirements and relay the information to IBP & Supply Planners. Review resulting statistical forecast models.
  • Meet customer service needs assuring a high standard of Customer Service and Supply Chain Planning metrics performance, while sizing the optimal inventory and meeting the committed inventory investment targets.
  • Manage fill rates, forecast accuracy, Nett Requirement Plan accuracy and inventory metrics for his/her division.
  • Improve forecast accuracy by effectively analyzing sources of forecast error and recommending appropriate action plans.
  • Use Demand Planning tools and technologies and suggest improvements to improve the current demand planning process.
  • Serve as the primary planning contact for Marketing, Sales and Finance business partners and also as the primary contact for the Global Operations Integrated Business Planning Manager and Plant Networks.
  • Flawless supply chain execution for all product phase ins (launches) and new business plans, as well as existing base products.
  • Lead Demand meetings with Sales and Marketing organizations at divisional level and serve as the primary planning contact for Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Finance business partners
  • Lead EDR (Executive Demand Review) meetings at divisional level and leverage best available cross-functional inputs and apply judgment based on knowledge of the business and robust cross-functional discussions.
  • Serve as the primary planning contact for the Global Operations Integrated Business Planning Manager
  • Use Demand Planning tools and technologies and suggest improvements to improve the current demand planning process.
  • Measure, manage and improve forecast error and Net Requirements error % for his/her division by effectively analyzing sources and recommending appropriate action plans.
  • Review item master data and suggest amendments, when necessary
  • Monitor SKU levels and recommend SKU rationalization initiatives for future consideration to Divisional Management. Can make recommendations for targets based on changes in demand and market trends.
  • Participate in development, modification and improvement of procedures, policies, processes and technologies within the organization.
  • Close collaboration with Franchises to allocate products to specific Sales Companies and / or specific orders.
  • Analyze data and producing various ad hoc reports
  • Initiate and participate in Supply Chain projects to improve productivity, processes and savings.
  • Manage and control the Nett Requirement Plan for your division and region together with your supply planning partners in order to provide the best possible requirement signal to our suppliers, considering all aspects of the NRP plan (Kit requirement needs, SS adjustments, future inventory builds etc etc)
Performance Parameters

  • Service levels per Franchise.
  • Inventory targets for EMEA & other warehouses
  • Freight costs.
  • No Non-Conformities.

  • Purchase goods within policy guidelines

  • Higher Vocational Education (HBO).
  • Experience with the Oracle e-Business Suite with regard to purchasing, inventory management, PLM and forecasting modules.
  • At least 5 years experience as a Demand & Supply planner in an international environment.
  • Experience in two or more of the following disciplines are required: Supply Chain Planning, Demand Management/Forecasting, Logistics, Manufacturing, Procurement, Order Management, Inventory Management and/or Contract Manufacturing.
  • Background in new product introductions and supplier metrics is preferred; experience of ERP systems is required.
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to drive results through a global matrix structure is required.
  • Proven ability to communicate and present to all levels of the organization.
  • Strong analytical / quantitative skills
  • Ability for decision making, to work under pressure, and capacity to make good judgment under critical situations. Accuracy and prioritization in a fast-paced environment.
  • Team work and customer service orientation.
  • Demonstrate planning processes and inventory management skills.
  • Good knowledge of the English language

Available to travel and to provide on-call support after working hours.

Special Training Required

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Materials Management, Life Sciences, Engineering or equivalent is required.
  • Hands on work experience with inventory, planning, order management and MRP computer systems are required.
  • Must have knowledge of demand management/forecasting tools, forecasting processes in sales, marketing operations, finance, manufacturing and supply chain issues. Prior experience with demand planning tools like Oracle Demantra, Demand Solutions or SteelWedge is a plus.
  • APICS certification is preferred. Lean Manufacturing Training is also preferred. Process Excellence/Six Sigma tools, training and/or certification experience is highly preferred.
  • Fluency in English. Fluency in a second language at international divisions is a plus.
  • Must be proficient in Project Planning software, Flow Charts, and management of Database tools.
  • Must have experience using statistical software packages and must be capable of extensive spreadsheet analysis.
Work From Home: OccasionalTravel Percentage: 10%