iRobot Corporation

  • Demand Planning Manager

    Job Locations US-MA-Bedford
    Category Marketing/Business Development
    Requisition ID
    Job Post Information* : Posted Date
    2 days ago(4/23/2018 1:32 PM)
  • Summary

    iRobot is seeking a Demand Planning Manager to develop and manage the demand planning systems, processes and analytics for the Americas region. This position is responsible for creating rolling 18-month model level sales forecasts/ demand plans that drive the overall production and supply decisions for the region. The Demand Planner will work on a cross functional basis to develop the consensus demand and financial forecast by closely collaborating with key retail customers, the America’s sales force, operations and product management. This position will utilize predictive market analytics derived from weekly point of sales data, key retailer forecasts, product plans, and advertising and promotional plans to formulate the consensus demand plan for key retailers and the overall region.  This position will take a lead role in the enhancement, testing and validation efforts for the new Global Demand Planning tool project, ensuring requirements are met and the tool supports future business growth.  This role works within a matrixed environment, and will need to manage cross functional inputs and requirements effectively.  The Demand Planning Manager will also be responsible for developing business intelligence tools such as forecast accuracy KPI’s, daily sales tracker, weekly sell through tracker, various Tableau reports and other ad hoc reporting as needed. 


    Essential Functions/ Job Duties

    The Demand Planning Manager has responsibility for all aspects of demand planning for the America region including:

    • Support the America’s business in developing business insights that provide the organization with high value information with respect to its consumers, customers, products and the financial health of the business
    • Lead the overall effort to create and maintain accurate item forecasts for the region.  Highlight risks and opportunities to the business and work collaboratively to implement any forecast changes through the appropriate channel
    • Demand Planning/sales forecasting system and process design, maintenance and improvement
    • Utilize historical sales trends, key retailer input, and predictive analytic models in the development of a consensus demand plan.  Assess and improve on the overall forecasting process including collection of inputs, identification of new sources of relevant information, forecast model selection and validation, and system use
    • Define and document the regional forecast accuracy metrics, ensuring all team members understand the goal and how they contribute to its achievement.  Accountable to achieve set targets and drive for continuous improvement
    • Develop, maintain and deliver clear and concise monthly regional business communication which conveys the most relevant business information to many levels of the organization
    • Be the main point of contact for channel inventory and sell thru management, trends and insights
    • Manage the Demand Planning/sales forecasting function for the region.  Ensure the functional capabilities continue to grow to support the business, enhance processes and systems on a continual basis, and provide education to the organization on how Demand Planning contributes to overall department and company success


    • College Degree in a relevant field required, MBA a plus
    • 6+ years’ experience working in Demand Planning, Sales support, Operations, or Supply Chain required
    • Experience with predictive analytics and with demand planning software, implementation experience a plus
    • Experience with Hyperion a plus
    • Experience with Tableau a plus
    • Experience with forecasting demand at the consumer level through retail customers
    • Understanding of S&OP principles and practices, ability to work cross functionally to achieve business goals
    • Ability to develop clear action plans and drive processes with numerous interdependencies
    • Proficient in Microsoft Applications:  Excel, Access, PowerPoint
    • Strong organizational, planning, communication and presentation skills required
    • Results driven and customer focused
    • Some travel required

    About Us

    We are the leading global consumer robot company, designing and building robots that empower people to do more, both inside and outside of the home. Founded by MIT roboticists who had the vision of making practical robots a reality. To date, we have sold over 20 million robots and globally employ more than 800 of the robot industry’s best and brightest. iRobot is committed to fostering invention, discovery and technological exploration in the pursuit of practical and valuable robot products for the home. iRobot stock trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the ticker symbol IRBT.


    iRobot is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, accessible by our corporate shuttle directly from Alewife Station. We also have offices in California, the United Kingdom, Japan, China & Hong Kong. Imagine the future you could help us build as a fellow iRoboteer!


    Check out #LifeAtiRobot and follow us on Instagram: @irobotcareers



    iRobot is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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