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Demand Planner at Kimberly Clark

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene, and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No.1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. With a 135-year history of innovation, we believe in recruiting the best people and putting them in the right jobs so that they can do their best work.


Job Description:

Demand Planning:
  • Facilitate accurate demand forecasts for each stock-keeping unit for the areas of accountability, by week/month/location for the upcoming 0-18 month time horizon.
  • Management of the category demand review process leading to the consensus agreement at Country Manager level by analyzing and driving the discussions.
  • Proactive cross functional communication to manage execution of commercial plans, balancing short term business opportunities with supply capability.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to simplify and standardize processes to improve forecasts, optimizing customer service and cash generation.
  • Facilitate Supply Chain initiatives, e.g. Reduction of working capital, SKU reduction/delist and new product launch through project management tools.

Product Sourcing:

  • Identify and set-up product sourcing within product specification and cost requirements, working with EMEA regional planners.
  • Negotiate SLA, including MOQ, production cycles, forecasting parameters, supply chain terms, and implement.
  • Manages WECA longer term forecasts with sourcing locations.
  • Ensure Master Data integrity of SAP systems through regular system Health-Checks.

Supply Planning:

  • Calculate the optimal stock level for each stock keeping unit by considering deviation in forecast, service level expectations and the planning lead times.
  • Plan the required quantity of finished goods for the East and Central Africa Region based on forecasts and the required stock level.
  • Coordinate the contract manufactured finished products planning, including orders for hard rolls and packaging materials.
  • Create and Track Purchase Orders for Exports requirements.

Co-ordinate Net Forecast Requirements To Supplier At Required Intervals:

  • Work with Shipping co-ordinator(s) to ensure the orders are being delivered on time and mitigate risks of delays in Purchase Order deliveries.
  • Regular feedback to stakeholder at Weekly S&OP meetings with regards to operational issues.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business, Supply Chain or a related discipline.
  • 7 years of work experience, with 3 years or more of experience in planning functions, demand planning is an advantage.
  • Fluent in English, French or Portuguese is an advantage.
  • Global VISA and Relocation Specifications
  • This role is available for local candidates already authorized to work in the role’s country only. K-C will not provide relocation support for this role.

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