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Demand Planning Analyst

Date: Jan 17, 2019

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands, NL

Company: HARMAN International

Job Description: Demand Planning Analyst - Operations


Position Summary:

The Demand Planning Analyst supports different departments in the Lifestyle organization by providing operational support and driving business control. He/she understands the business and business processes to improve the way business in EMEA is conducted, in alignment with overall company procedures and goals. The Demand Planning Analyst is a specialist function in a variety of operational areas.


The Demand Planning Analyst works in the Operations department, reporting directly into the Associate Director, Purchasing & Freight-In, though working closely with the Sr. Demand Planning Analyst and S&OP Analyst.

High engagement with Sales, Marketing, Product Management and Supply Chain at all levels in the EMEA organization. This Demand Planning position is responsible for the long-term forecasting activities for the entire EMEA organization. This role creates and maintains forecast models for the internal commercial teams, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from sales, marketing, finance, and other sources. The Demand Planner is the integration point into the commercial organization. This position leads the dialogue each month with the Commercial and Marketing department and will contribute to deliver input on the EMEA total Demand Plan


Job Responsibilities:

  • Demand Planning
    • Manage monthly cycle of product forecast process
    • Develop demand forecast at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons
    • Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models and evaluate forecast results
    • Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine forecast models to reflect updated Sales and Marketing assumptions
    • Continuously benchmark sales forecast quantities with sales offices
    • Utilize a collaborative and consensus approach by working with Sales, Marketing and Finance to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used for demand forecasts
    • Ensures timely publication of internal reporting; monthly forecast templates, preparation of regional and EMEA total S&OP decks and forecast accuracy reporting.
  • Business Support
    • Ensure general Business Control
    • Strong supporting role towards Sales and Category Management
    • Preparation of materials for internal Sales and Customer meetings
  • Drive Business Process Improvement and Financial Accountability
    • Provide business control framework around commercial processes
    • Recommend and provide active support in business improvements projects
    • Work with departments to improve financial accountability
  • Perform ad-hoc Analysis and participate in Projects
    • Manage and execute all incoming requests for business analysis
    • Manage or participate in departmental improvement projects
    • Participate in business improvement projects


  • Management Reporting and Data Management
    • Provide regular reports on results, including variance reporting and KPI reporting
    • Safeguard data accuracy
    • Control and maintain ERP operational systems


      Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor to Master education in the functional area.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ work experience in the own discipline combined with business knowledge.
  • Forecasting experience for at least 2-3 countries within Europe.
  • Operates independently on specific work field.
  • Discretion and integrity are highly important.
  • APICS or specific forecasting certification are preferred


    Demonstrated proficiency in statistics, forecasting and forecasting methods with an understanding of their financial and operational impacts. Knowledge on working with SAP IBP and/or SAP APO is preferred.

    Experienced with other software packages including Windows, and Microsoft Office. This position requires strong analytical, organizational, decision-making, and presentation skills. Strong interpersonal skills are also essential to effectively interact with all teams, areas and levels of business affecting the forecast process.



    Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to work in our office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands


HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status.  HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (

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