Demand Planning Manager - 12 month contract

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Areas of Expertise:
Marketing, Business Operations, Sales
South East UK
Guildford, Surrey
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We are EA
We entertain millions of people across the globe with the most amazing and immersive interactive software in the industry. But making games is hard work. That’s why we employ the most creative, passionate people in the industry.

The Challenge Ahead:

EA are currently seeking a Demand Planning Manager on a 12 month contract. Reporting directly to the UKI Country Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring high quality forecasts (Units and Prices) are created by leveraging the best available cross­functional inputs and applying judgment based on knowledge of the business and robust cross­functional discussions. You will be accountable for the local S&OP process; acting as a liaison to senior managers in the Commercial, Marketing and Finance teams to help them understand the forecasts and their implications / risks / opportunities. Forecast accuracy will be the main measure of your performance.

What a Demand Planner does at EA:

Develop and deliver accurate, high quality Sell Through and Sell In forecasts (Units and Prices) for all assigned products (SKU’s) within the Annual/Monthly/Weekly Demand Planning cycles
Build and coordinate local forecasting processes in synch with the IPO (International Publishing Organisation) Demand Planning process
Hit weekly and monthly deadlines of the IPO Demand Planning process
Develop and interpret cross­functional inputs for the Demand Forecast with particular attention to Market Data and Competitor Analysis
Solicit and facilitate cross­functional discussion to improve forecast accuracy around key forecast inputs (in particular determination of the Sell Through profile, the week 1 Sell Through expectation, the Digital/Packaged Goods split)
Lead the Local Demand Review that takes place before the Monthly Forecast lock
Accountable for the final Demand Plan (ST/SI Units and Prices) that will drive revenue projections, supply chain operations, server capacity sizing
Set Local Demand Forecast accuracy objectives, and manage the organization to meet or exceed those objectives
Define and build the key metrics, analysis, trends and market info necessary for efficient forecasting Demonstrate sound judgment and business acumen in the development of forecasts
Manage product life cycles and make recommendations accordingly
Be able to work as part of the virtual IPO Demand Planning Team

Manage the Consensus Forecast process, including process reviews and upgrades
Ensure active participation from all required functional teams and a clear issue resolution process Be the liaison to local Exec Management on forecast, process questions and issues
Successfully integrate Demand Planning into the Local Sales & Operations Planning processes and into the IPO Demand & Supply Planning processes
Support and drive the agenda for Vision implementation: work with the Vision analysts to push and drive for daily data feeds into Vision and understand the data integrity
Initiate, lead, and manage projects as required to further EA’s strategies and objectives

The next great EA Demand Planner also needs:

Bachelor’s degree (MBA preferred)
Experience within Demand Planning in a FMCG environment
Strong general knowledge of the games, entertainment and software industry
General knowledge of business forecasting processes in Finance, Supply Chain, Marketing, Sales, and field organizations. International experience is necessary
Thorough knowledge and understanding of New Product Introduction, Life Cycle Management and Event driven promotional management
Knowledge of forecasting/demand planning software, Demantra preferred Knowledge of reporting tools, Hyperion Planning (Essbase) and Tableau preferred Strong quantitative and analysis skills
Demonstrated strong cross­functional leadership
Able to build effective internal customer relationships and respond to needs quickly. Develops strategic partnerships and sets and monitors internal service standards.
Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels internally.
Personal interest within video games

We appreciate the work contractors provide, so here at EA we like to offer you great facilities while you are working onsite including:
Free onsite gym
Two annual parties (Summer & Christmas)
Brand new onsite cafe
Our very own barista
Games Area

Contact Details:
Tel: 01483 463415
Contact: The Recruitment Team

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