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[Vision Care] Demand Planning Manager, Supply Chain Plan, Demand and S&OP

  • Titel [Vision Care] Demand Planning Manager, Supply Chain Plan, Demand and S&OP
  • Fungsi Supply Chain Planning
  • Sub Fungsi Demand Planning
  • Golongan Manager, Demand Planning (PL7)
  • Location Chiyoda, Tokyo-To, Japan
  • Posted
  • ID Permintaan 2406174671W
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The Vision Care Plan Lead (Manager) is a position within the Vision Care Global Demand Planning organization responsible for Regional Demand and S&OP to IBP Journey

The Vision Care Plan Lead is accountable for leading and improving the demand planning and IBP processes for his / her region by reducing forecast error, optimizing inventory utilization, and influencing cross-functional partnerships.

The Vision Care Plan Lead will work closely with the Regional Commercial, Finance, and Deliver organizations to drive IBP maturity, increase forecast accuracy, and orchestrate unconstrained demand conversations, including events such as promotions, NPI launches, and Product discontinuations.

Partnership with global Product Supply and Manufacturing is key:  The Vision Care Plan Lead will ensure that the established forecasting process is well defined and that the Demand forecast is generated, reviewed and validated to enable visibility to product supply requirements.

Job Scope

The role will cover all aspects of Regional Demand and Integrated Business Planning including:

   Regional Executive IBP

   Market and Regional Forecasting and Demand Shaping (Demand Reviews)

   Short and medium-term Planning (1-18 months)

   LRFP translation into the planning system (18 to 36 months)

   Integration of Financial forecasting with IBP

   Regional Portfolio Management Review

   Scenario Planning & Inventory Optimization

   Regional Planning Metrics and Analytics

   Implementation of Best Practices and tools


Main Duties & Responsibilities

   Collaborate with Regional Commercial, Finance, Deliver, and other SC partners to improve the overall IBP process, by aligning and preparing/ facilitating PMR, Exec IBP, and connection with Financial forecasting.

   Facilitate Market Demand Reviews with the cross-functional teams and ensure forecast accuracy through shared commercial/ supply chain accountability.

   Lead discussions with market and regional teams (in DRs and Exec IBP) to ensure promotions, special events and programs are incorporated into regional forecast submissions.

   Ensure Units and NTS are being discussed in all forums

   Translate market intelligence, customer forecast, promotional activity, seasonality, and other internal or external factors that impact demand into the forecast projections.   

   Design and generate a monthly analysis of demand, providing visibility to trends and anomalies to share with key stakeholders to enable better-informed decisions. 

   Identify opportunities to effectively shape demand to influence service and/or cost (i.e. inventory).

   Act as a central point of contact for his / her region for Demand, Supply, or Service-related concerns.

   Prepare, monitor, and report shared metrics (MAPE, BIAS, NTS $, etc.) to Regional and Global management.

   Develop and maintain analytics to support continuous improvement (i.e. trends, forecast ability, Forecast Value Add), developing new and ad hoc reports as required.

   Segment portfolio and apply appropriate techniques to each segment.

   Make recommended adjustments to the forecast based on this information.

   Continuously suggest and lead improvements to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of processes.

   Create and maintain documentation and standard operating procedures for demand planning processes and systems.


Education and Experience 


   University Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Operations, Supply Chain, Marketing, Finance or equivalent. MBA in Engineering, business, or equivalent is preferred

   Experience with ERP (SAP, APO, SNP, JDA, etc.) & Advanced Planning Systems

   Min 8 years of business experience with 5 years of experience in Demand, Supply, or Manufacturing Planning, S&OP/ IBP, and/or Forecasting Experience, Medical Device or Consumer industry preferred


   Planning Certification (APICS/ IBF)

   Green Belt Six Sigma Certification.

   Experience working in an S&OP environment 

   People Management experience

   Familiarity with relevant legislation – e.g. Import/ Export legislation, GMP, ISO requirements



   Excellent communication skills with the ability to make the complex clear in both written & oral forms. 

   Ability to build strong collaborative teams and relationships, leading cross-functional/ virtual teams where required.

   Persuading and influencing skills

   Flexible approach to work

   Self-directed and able to work with limited supervision

   Ability to influence Director & VP Levels within the organization and in a matrix environment.

   Deep understanding of forecasting techniques.

   In-depth knowledge of analysis and problem-solving techniques.

   Strong understanding of financial valuation

   Strong analytical skills and statistics

   Understanding of trade promotions and marketing plans.


   This role will be based within key VC Regions

Role will require approx. 10-20% travel

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