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Demand Planner


Corby, ENG, GB, NN17 9FH

Brand:  RS Group
Function:  Supply Chain
Work Location:  Hybrid

Demand Planner

Hybrid Working – Home, and 1-2 days per week in our friendly Head Office in Corby


If you enjoy using your data management and forecasting skills to influence others and keep our supply chain running as efficiently as possible, we have a great team for you to join!!!


About the role


  • To be the primary interface between Inventory, Markets and Product and Supplier cell and category teams
  • Establish collaborative relationships with local Sales, Marketing, and Category teams to ensure forecasts reflect market-level economic conditions, customer plans, sales initiatives, and marketing campaigns. Ensure hubs and markets are appraised of actual performance v applied uplift.
  • Demand Sensing using digital data.
  • Accountable for adjusting and improving forecasts for all articles sold in their market/cell/category and for enhancing aggregate/market level views. In turn improves service, stock turn and reduction of excess Inventory
  • Ensure best practise forecast processes, methods, parameters and rules are used to enable the delivery of on-going forecast accuracy improvements globally. To ensure forecast exceptions are reviewed and managed to a defined work plan.
  • Enable the delivery of downstream benefits of improved forecast accuracy i.e. stock levels, customer service and supply chain efficiencies.
  • Promote innovation and optimisation within Demand Planning to support the delivery of business KPI’s


What you will be doing


  • Ownership and delivery of article level demand forecasting for assigned Category/Market, based on best practice principles that supports and enables achievement of best forecast accuracy performance leading to group service, stock and cost management objectives
  • Interprets Global Inventory Strategies to identify forecasting opportunities and potential risks and respond accordingly
  • Reviews and interprets forecasting exceptions and determine most appropriate actions to resolve by applying Demand Segmentation approach
  • Identifies events or causal factors that impact the forecast and drive divergence from the normal ‘run rate’ e.g. promotions, supply issues, environmental factors, competitor activity
  • Enrichment of short term strategic forecasts through gathering of internal and external insight
  • Reviews forecast accuracy reports; analyses and understands root cause of inaccuracy and takes action required to address
  • Works with category, cells, and markets to understand forecast and demand issues and determine actions to resolve
  • Able to influence stakeholders to provide information and implement changes to plans to enable the achievement of greater forecast accuracy
  • Validation and adjustment of demand history at article level to improve forecast accuracy
  • Maintenance and optimisation of statistical modelling software parameters according to product characteristics and lifecycle stage
  • Development and implementation of processes to identify lost demand and incorporate into forecasting processes
  • Work with Senior Demand Planner to create the optimum macro Demand Plan to contribute to the Regional discussions, Category business plans to improve alignment and transparency.


What we are looking for from you:


  • Understanding and application of forecast and demand planning methodology
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and translate data
  • Problem solving ability addressing root cause and implementing solutions
  • Proactive and forward thinking
  • Knowledge of forecasting systems / applications (JDA or similar)
  • Understanding of business impacts as a result of forecast initiatives
  • Appreciate impact of forecasting on wider business performance
  • Ability to translate complexity into simplicity
  • Build and foster collaborative relationships cross functionally and internationally
  • Strong cultural awareness
  • Confident decision maker and able to influence others


We are RS Group.


RS Group is a global integrated omni-channel solutions partner for industrial B2B customers who design, build, and maintain industrial equipment and operations.  We are a FTSE 100 company with £2 billion in revenue, operating in 32 countries, shipping 60,000 parcels a day to over 1.2 million customers worldwide.

Our Vision is to be first choice for all our stakeholders, and we know that starts with our people. At RS we want everyone to show up to work as themselves and know that they will be supported and encouraged to develop and grow. We want work to be a place that excites and empowers, a place where you can be passionate and challenge people to think differently. 

We want to hire the best talent, people who share our values and understand that when we act with respect and humility, we can do great things.  That’s why we’ve put our purpose at the heart of our organisation, we want to make amazing happen for a better world. We empower our people to make a difference, innovate to make more possible and deliver to make it happen.



RS Group Brands:  RS, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark, IESA, Synovos, Needlers and Liscombe.


Are you ready to explore the possibilities?




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