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2017611: Demand Planner II
Location:Salt Lake City, Utah
Company:Black Diamond Equipment
Department:Supply Chain Management
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Shift Work:No
Position Summary:

The Demand Planner 2 will own a variety of planning, forecasting and reporting activities. The primary responsibility of this position will interact with a variety of departments or regions to collect sales and market data with the ultimate goal of developing a demand forecast in support of company goals. The position will be expected to own and drive a variety of projects related to demand analysis, inventory, market trends, and best practices related to forecasting, operational planning, and supply chain optimization.

Essential Functions:

Authorized and responsible to continuously improve upon and perform all duties according to BDEL Quality, Safety and Employee Policies and procedures:

1. Responsible for aspects of the monthly Sales & Operations Planning cycle. 

2. Work with the Sales, Product, and Operational leaders of assigned Brands or Geographies to derive the demand plan based on historic trends, sales results, competitive and economic influences, and comparable products.

3. Perform analysis to break down aggregate level budgets and forecasts into their constituent categories, styles, colors, sizes and SKU’s

4. Communicate the impact of market trends and resulting demand plans to the Executive management team

5. Ensure systems are updated with monthly forecasts. Work with management to make recommendations and updates to safety stock policy as needed.

6. Perform global forecast consolidation in support of production planning and purchasing activities.

7. Assist in the creation and maintenance of a forecast performance reporting database. Identify and drive actions for improvement for any areas performing below expectations.

8. Track the accuracy of key customer forecasts and coordinate monthly review meetings. Identify and drive actions for improvement for areas performing below expectations.

9. Review metrics and update forecasts for assigned products or geographies

10. Own the ongoing maintenance and continuous improvement of demand and operational planning systems.  Take initiative to identify and implement best-in-class processes and tools for forecasting, production scheduling, and buy plans creation (MRP)

11. Support the Supply Chain Management department through various data entry, reporting and analysis activities as needed

12. Support Product Category Directors with ad hoc and regularly recurring profitability analysis, sales performance analysis, and other analyses with the goal of supporting the maintenance of the existing product line and introduction of new product.




Bachelor’s Degree in a quantitative discipline



Finance, Accounting, Supply Chain or Business w/APICS certification


Work Experience


1 year full time of directly relevant work experience (planning)



2-5 years in a planning or quantitative role in a manufacturing or supply chain environment using MRP or Advanced Planning tools. International business and language experience a plus.

Skills and General Experience:

Excellent communication and organization skills. Proven ability to follow through on assigned tasks and pay attention to detail. Ability to independently identify and take initiative for improvement and optimization of planning and forecasting tools & processes. High degree of proficiency with MS Excel is required.  Knowledge of MS Access, macros, and database report writing tools is a plus. Demonstrated success in a demand planning role using planning software or algorithms.  Aptitude for numbers, analytics, and an ability to compile, interpret, and communicate market trends and resulting implications to the business.

Alternative qualification:  Proven ability to excel in a complex quantitative environment and extensive knowledge of the outdoor industry.

Required licenses:  Passport