Demand Planner


Company :  McKesson
Location :  Saint-Laurent, QC, Canada
Job Type :  Full-time
Job Status :  Permanent
McKesson is in the business of better health and we touch the lives of patients in virtually every aspect of healthcare. At McKesson Canada, we touch the lives of 12 million Canadians every day. We carry more than 35,000 products in 17 distribution centers and ultimately provide distribution to 6,300 retail pharmacies, 1,350 hospitals, long-term care centers, clinics and institutions all over Canada. But we're so much more than a distribution company. We've automated 2,500 retail pharmacies and dispense over 100 million doses a year through our automation solutions. Manufacturers, healthcare providers and patients count on us for a full range of services that contribute to the quality and safety of care for us all.

At McKesson Canada, you’ll help us carry out our mission to improve lives and advance healthcare. Working here is your opportunity to shape an industry that’s vital to us all.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Demand Planning and Promotions, the Demand Planner develops and manages forecasting plans for regular and promotional volumes on existing and new products by SKU, category, customer and location. Responsibilities include maintaining required business and system parameters in the forecasting environment for preparing accurate and timely projections in units, dollars and equivalent size units. This role assists the Procurement Operations team in collaborating with customers on forecast quantities and commitments on past and upcoming inventories. Additionally, this role is responsible for working closely with the Procurement Strategy team in communicating, and validating forecast volumes by SKU and at aggregate levels, facilitating vendor positioning and negotiations.

Section A – Specific Responsibilities

Forecasting (50%)
  • Analyzes historical data and define key assumptions to generate, manage, and calibrate a statistical baseline forecast for all SKUs, categories, customers and location hierarchy levels.
  • Captures sales forecasts and identify market trends to adjust demand based on SKU selection and pricing.
  • Generates a single consensus demand plan achieved through a structured process across functions (Account Management, Finance, Procurement Strategy, and Procurement Operations).
  • Revises key assumptions and adjust demand plan based on past events, progressive quantitative analysis and inputs from vendors and customers.

Collaborative Planning (35%)
  • Exchanges information with the Procurement Strategy team and vendors on new product launches and product phase outs to select comparable product proxy for increased forecast accuracy.
  • In collaboration with Account Management and customers, develops joint business plans including projected volumes and commitments on inventories.
  • Liaises with Account Management, customers and suppliers to investigate gaps between forecasts, planned commitments and actuals.
  • Responsible for achieving alignment on a single forecast number (SKU and aggregate) with vendors and customers.

Revenue Generation Support and & Execution Support (10%)
  • Prepares assumption-based projections to help the management team understand forecast rationale for vendor and customer negotiations.
  • Provides Distribution Center (DC) Operations with projections on DC capacity risks at aggregate levels in appropriate units of measure

Section B – General Responsibilities

Other (5%)
  • Maintains relevant business knowledge of product categories and stays abreast of market and industry trends and conditions.

  • Acts as a McKesson ambassador of corporate values.

Section C – Position Requirements Working Experience
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a related demand planning role (JDA Forecasting System experience an important asset)

  • Experience in Retail / Wholesale / Cosmetics / Over the Counter / Food.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Management, Engineering, Business Administration, or related discipline.

  • High level of integrity, showing ability to challenge opinions.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership and influencing skills.

  • Excellent partnering skills.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

  • Ability to collaborate with various levels of management and employees.

    Technical Skills

  • Perfectly bilingual, both written and spoken.

  • Proficiency with ERP systems, planning systems, and replenishment systems an asset.

  • Extensive knowledge of MS Office products (Power Point, Excel, Word, Project and Visio).

  • Knowledge of forecasting processes, forecasting systems and statistical analysis.

Other Skills and Capabilities
  • Strong ability to handle multiple activities at the same time and operates under pressure to meet aggressive timelines.

  • Solid experience working with senior management.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform in a cross-functional team environment.

  • Attention to detail, whilst maintaining a strong sense of summary and ability to synthesize.

  • Team player.

  • Ability to identify operational and strategic issues and proactively drive solutions.

Benefits & Company Statement
McKesson believes superior performance – individual and team – that helps us drive innovations and solutions to promote better health should be recognized and rewarded. We provide a competitive compensation program to attract, retain and motivate a high-performance workforce, and it’s flexible enough to meet the different needs of our diverse employee population.

We are in the business of better health and we touch the lives of patients in virtually every aspect of healthcare. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting.

But we can’t do it without you. Every single McKesson employee contributes to our mission—whatever your title, whatever your role, you act as a catalyst in a chain of events that helps millions of people all over the globe. Talented, compassionate people are the future of our company—and of healthcare. At McKesson, you’ll collaborate on the products and solutions that help us carry out our mission to improve lives and advance healthcare. Working here is your opportunity to shape an industry that’s vital to us all.

Agency Statement
No agencies please.

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Primary Location : Canada-Quebec-Saint-Laurent

Job : Purchasing
Organization : McKesson Canada
Schedule : Temporary
Shift : Standard

Job Type : Full-time

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Job Posting : Dec 21, 2017
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