Demand Planner

Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
Full time Full day

The role will involve having your own portfolio of brands to manage, analysing data cross functionally to understand trends and forecast and raising purchase orders based on this.

Client Details

Our client is a market leading distributor based in Darlington, working with national, online and independent retailers both UK and Overseas.


  • Working closely with our Sales and Brand teams (and other key stakeholders) across our UK and French businesses to ensure that accurate, SKU-level demand forecasts are created and maintained for a portfolio of premium brands.
  • Raising and reviewing purchase orders correctly in line with both deadlines and demand requirement.
  • Meeting all service and inventory metrics for the assigned brand portfolio.
  • Communicating changes clearly and effectively to the rest of the group businesses.
  • Reviewing variances in forecasts vs actuals, forecast trend analysis, supplier lead times and customer ordering patterns and adjusting forecasts and methodologies accordingly.
  • The identification and countermeasure of potential service issues before they occur.
  • Playing a key role in our group S&OP program, ensuring that customer demand is met across multiple distribution centres whilst minimising network excess.


  • Previous experience within a comparable role.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Deep and detailed knowledge of demand planning and forecasting processes.
  • Excellent proficiency in the use of office products (predominantly Excel).
  • The ability to work to strict deadlines and with a high attention to detail.
  • The ability to effectively prioritise own workload.

Job Offer

  • Flexible hybrid working patterns,
  • Generous holiday entitlements plus bank holidays,
  • Contractual sickness benefit and pension contributions,
  • Discounted outdoor wear with partner brands,
  • Life milestone gifts (marriage, significant birthday, new baby, etc.),
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay,
  • Length of service awards,
  • A range of training and development opportunities,
  • Cycle to work and staff purchase repayment schemes,
  • Employee assistance programme,
  • And every now and again our managers like to treat their teams to lunches out or an array of sweet treats.

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