Demand Planner - NJ

Elizabeth, NJ
Full Time
Atalanta Corporation
Mid Level

Company Overview:

The Gellert Global Group (GGG) is the largest privately held food importer in the United States. Comprised of several companies (Atalanta Corporation, Camerican International, Finica, Tipico Cheese Products), GGG sources the highest quality cheese, meats, frozen fruit, shelf stable fruit, vegetables, seafood, and specialty products. These items are sourced from over 60 countries and sold to leading retailers, food service distributors, restaurant chains, and food manufacturers. GGG is a third-generation family-run business with 600 employees and combined revenues exceeding $1.7 billion.


The Demand Planner will be responsible for forecast planning, including the creation of weekly and monthly forecasts by SKU, product launches and transitions.   The responsibilities include creating and maintaining forecast models for all customers, incorporating business intelligence and forecasting information gathered from sales, marketing, finance, retailer replenishment analysts and other sources.

The Demand Planner and Forecaster is the liaison between Sales and Supply Chain organization. This position leads the dialogue each month for their respective customers and products with key counterparts in Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain and Operations.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons as part of a demand planning function.
  • 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 the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions.
  • Interact with Sales, Marketing and Business Development team to understand demand forecast drivers.
  • Utilize a collaborative and consensus approach working with Sales and Marketing and Business Development to obtain and ensure current and accurate information is used for demand forecasts.
  • Provide input to the Procurement organization in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products and product phase-outs.
  • Closely coordinate and communicate customer action plans with Procurement.
  • Create statistical forecasts and review sales plans, latest estimates and demand drivers.
  • Achieve consensus for operational demand forecasts by facilitating a collaborative planning process with Sales and Marketing departments.
  • Prepare and maintain relevant reports pertaining to demand planning process.
  • Initiate and lead SKU rationalization process.
  • Maintain Item Master information.
  • Perform customer demand forecast which incorporates current and accurate market information that allows the company to correctly predict customer demand and provide its supply chain with the appropriate information to plan how to meet that customer demand.
  • Improve relationships among planners, sales, marketing, creative and operation, which will lead to effective knowledge sharing and an optimal consensus forecast to better guide the company.
  • Refine systems and methods to continually improve forecasts so that the company can better anticipate customer needs.
  • Execute with excellence in the area of customer replenishment and feedback to the Supply Chain group the opportunities and risks regarding customer replenishment performance metrics.
  • Other duties assigned as needed.

Skills and Qualifications:
  • 3-5 years of experience within supply chain and demand planning, ideally within the food industry or other related CPG
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required, but MBA is preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistics and forecasting methods with an understanding of their financial and operational impacts.
  • Knowledge of SAP/APO, Manugistics, Oracle Demand Planning or other software related to demand planning is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Infor ERP platform highly preferred
  • APICS or other forecasting certification.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, decision making and presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills.

Our Benefits
We care about your total well-being and will support you with the following, subject to your location and role.
  • Health:  Medical, dental and vision insurance, Company-paid life, accident and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts
  • Wealth:  Competitive pay, annual bonus opportunity, matching 401(k) with immediate vesting upon enrollment, generous employee referral program
  • Happiness:
    • Professional Growth:  Online training courses, virtual and classroom development experiences, education assistance program
    • Work-Life Balance:  Paid-time off, parental leave, flexible work-schedules (subject to your location and role)
    • Team Building:  Employee engagement and recognition programs, wellness, philanthropic and DE&I initiatives, Company-sponsored celebrations, and team building events

The Gellert Global Group of companies is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state, or local law. Gellert Global Group is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact [email protected].


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