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Junior Demand Planner

Howdens Joinery



£NEG Excellent Salary + bonus + benefits


Posted: 02/08/2022

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Howdens Joinery are looking for a Junior Demand Planner to join our busy commercial business planning department, based at Howden. As a FTSE 100 business which is undergoing an exciting period of transformation and growth, this role offers an ambitious and data focused individual the opportunity of directly impacting the capacity and resource planning for manufacturing, logistics and suppliers. 

This Junior Demand Planner role: offers an excellent opportunity to establish a rewarding career, with planned training and development to reach role objectives and opportunities for promotion. 

The Demand Planner role is to forecast as accurately as possible, expected demand for stock on all primary distribution centres, for a chosen group of products. This is achieved by reviewing sales, allocations and despatch history and adjusting it where necessary, creating the most appropriate statistical forecast models, seeking out & applying relevant MI and selecting the best forecast model, based on forecast accuracy metrics and sales trends. 

As Junior Demand Planner, will have the opportunity to build strong relationships across several departments including Marketing, RTM Support (Route to Market) and Supply Planning.  Inquisitive by nature, you will gather relevant management information, and ensure understanding and alignment to the business demand plan. 

Key to the role is the ability to confidently articulate the Demand Plan, provide appropriate context information to the supply planning and purchasing teams and demonstrate its accuracy. The requirement is too pro-actively identify and address forecast accuracy issues, as well as responding to business queries in a prompt and professional manner. 

What is required:

- Minimum "GCSE" Level qualified with passes at Grade C or above in both Mathematics and English.
- Strong ability of IT Systems including Microsoft Packages 
- Clear written & verbal communication  
- Proactive, with an ability to make decisions, combining data, MI, and intuition 
- Ability to build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships 
- The role will suit a graduate, or someone who has experience of working in an office environment.

What we can offer you:

- Competitive salary plus generous company bonus
- Development plan and training as a Demand Planner
- Enhanced Pension Plan
- 25 days holiday + bank holidays with the option to buy additional days
- Free onsite car parking 
- Free daily lunch at our onsite canteen
- Staff Discount.
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Exceptional Reward and Recognition events.

About Howdens:

Howdens is a successful FTSE 100 organisation with an ambitious growth agenda.  We are the UK's number one trade kitchen supplier, with a population of over 11,000 talented people across the UK and Europe and a fast paced and entrepreneurial culture.

As a British manufacturer, we were founded on the principle that the business should be worthwhile for all concerned. That includes our customers, the homeowners they serve, the local communities we operate in, local and national charities, our large network of suppliers, our investors, and of course our people.

Our commitment to these areas has led to many accolades, which include being voted in the Top 25 Best Big Companies to work for by the Sunday Times in 2020. We also hold a Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen to supply goods and services to Royal Households since 2015.  And in 2020, the Mintel group named us as the UK's number one supplier of trade kitchens

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