Sr. Demand Planner

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Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan with world class steel manufacturing mills in Jackson, Michigan, Monroe Michigan, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and metal processing facilities in Huntington, Indiana, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, Canton, Ohio, and North Vernon, Indiana. Gerdau Special Steel group is the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.
We believe our employees are the best in the business. We have high standards and our employees constantly strive to reach even higher levels of success. Gerdau growth is based on our values and on a vision focused on excellence. We see customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, total safety in the workplace, a commitment to our stakeholders, employees, and communities, and profit as a measure of performance.

Gerdau is currently seeking a Sr. Demand Planner for its Jackson Office, MI facility.

Position Overview
In this role, the Senior Demand Planner leads and coordinates the demand planning process aligning the Company's Marketing, Sales, and Finance plans to a consensus demand forecast. Responsibilities include providing effective information to support decision making, supporting collaborative planning processes to increase supply chain visibility, and driving supply chain performance improvements.
The role is responsible for managing and administering the monthly demand process at three steel mills and six value added facilities. This includes facilitating the development of the Sales (Outside and inside) and Market Intelligence monthly forecast worksheets and coordinating the data updates and alignments within the statistical forecasting model. This position works in close coordination with the company's sales and finance teams and chairs the demand planning meeting.
The Demand Planner will lead the monthly Demand Planning meeting to create a consensus demand plan with participation and agreement from Finance and Sales. The incumbent's main responsibility will be to accumulate all available product change information in order to make informed adjustments to the statistically generated baseline demand forecast. The focus of the meetings is to provide a comprehensive review of forecast at the industry/product level to determine adjustments by exception.
Generates and presents the monthly 12 - 18 month baseline statistical forecast on all products by hierarchy/mill for review, discussion, and consensus
Gathers and analyses Sales and Market Intelligence and incorporates into baseline forecast
Reviews forecast exceptions based performance metrics from prior period
The Demand Planner will lead the monthly Demand Planning meeting to create a consensus demand plan with participation and agreement from Finance and Sales.
Reviews and highlights product exceptions
Organizes and leads the monthly demand planning meeting, including conflict resolution
Has authority to challenge marketing adjustments to baseline forecast and drive consensus among S&OP, Sales & marketing and Finance teams
Records all action items and maintains monthly forecast changes
Generates final consensus demand plan and passed information to Supply Planning Team
Establish, monitor and conduct weekly/monthly demand planning scorecard metrics (KPI's) and act upon trends;
Owns and maintains the process and data requirements associated with the demand planning process;
Identify profit maximization opportunities;
Prepare and present management reports at all levels of the organization from the Company President to individual facility leaders.

Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Business, Finance or related/applicable discipline required. (Master's Degree a plus!)
5+ years' experience in operations and supply chain required
2+ years' experience in demand planning/forecasting required
Advanced skills and experience with Microsoft Excel required
APICS CPIM, APICS CSCP, IBF CPF, or other supply chain oriented professional development certification preferred, but not required.
Intermediate skills/experience with MS Word, Access and PowerPoint
Thorough understand of supply chain interaction required
Previous ERP experience for Planning (SAP APC a plus!)
Excellent communication skills required
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to interpret quantitative and quantitative data and communicate results clearly and concisely

Gerdau offers opportunities for advancement in an ever challenging, high-tech environment. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and the opportunity to grow with a world-class, multinational company. We recognize the contributions of our team members and provide opportunities for advancement.
Gerdau offers excellent benefits that start the FIRST DAY OF EMPLOYMENT!
Medical and Prescription
Health and Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
Health Advocate Services
Employee Assistance Program
Tuition Reimbursement Program

Gerdau is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to diversifying its workforce. All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.

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