Demand Planner

Barnstaple, Devon
£25,000 - £35,000 + bonus + significant benefits
03 Jul 2018
25 Aug 2018
Full Time

Demand Planner, Barnstaple

Role: 14-month fixed term contract

Location: Barnstaple, Devon

Salary: £25k – £35k + bonus + significant benefits

The Role:

We’re seeking a methodical and customer focussed Demand Planner to support our customer and product forecasting activities, generating accurate market information and communicating this to our Supply Planning team for action in-line with our commercial strategy, service level agreements and S&OP framework requirements.

Working closely with your assigned customers, channel partners and our Commercial teams, you’ll generate accurate product demand forecasts and input to our volume planning activities using our sales data, promotional plans, market intelligence and information from clients around their activity plans. Having prioritised your demand forecasts (taking into account available supply), you’ll communicate your forecasts to key stakeholders and our Supply Planning team, highlighting any variations or key demand forecast drivers, to ensure relevant product is available in our Distribution Warehouse for processing. To maintain an accurate picture of demand, you’ll keep in close communication with your clients and channel planners, notifying the Supply Planning team of any updates or issues, monitoring Channel Allocation Plans during busy periods or times of shortage and helping to resolve any order issues with customers to maintain agreed service levels. In addition, you’ll represent the Demand team at commercial and customer meetings and proactively investigate any new business opportunities. 

To support the smooth running of the department, you’ll follow company processes and regularly update company systems to ensure accurate data is available at all times, monitor forecast error trends to support continuous improvement initiatives and produce relevant reports for management.

The Person:

With experience in a similar supply chain role with a good understanding of S&OP processes, you’ll ideally have good awareness of demand management or using forecasting tools (e.g. Infor, Manugistics, SAP, APO). With strong IT skills, you’re experienced across the Microsoft Office suite (including advanced level Excel skills), using database functions and have a good understanding of ERP systems. With strong organisation skills, you’re confident managing your own workload to meet deadlines and adapting to changing work priorities in a fast-paced environment.

Known for your excellent communication and interpersonal skills, you’re comfortable liaising with all levels of authority, navigating cultural differences and using your judgment to constructively challenge, where appropriate. You’ll also have excellent numeracy and literacy skills (in written and spoken English) and a sound commercial acumen. A degree-level qualification in a relevant business or supply chain subject or an APICS qualification would be beneficial, as would experience in the pharmaceutical sector, but this is not essential.

The Rewards:

In return, we offer a competitive salary package (with bonus scheme), a generous pension scheme and 27 days’ holiday (plus bank holidays) per year. We also offer a range of other benefits to support our team, including childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, subsidised restaurant facilities and healthcare options. Not to mention the opportunity to be part of a progressive and expanding business with increasing global reach, and the support of ongoing training and development.

How to Apply:

If you possess the experience, passion and ability to make this role a success then we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV with covering letter to by 17th July or for further details you can contact Hattie via email on hattie_booth [at]

A Bit About Us:

Accord Healthcare is one of the fastest growing generic pharmaceutical companies in the UK and Ireland, involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of medicines to over 70 countries around the world. Recognised as a ‘Partner of Choice’ across the industry for our quality and customer service, our core aim is to support patients to receive the medicines they need, when they need them. With an ambition to become a top 5 pan-EMENA generics company by 2021, we’re looking for the best and brightest technical minds and forward-thinking business professionals to work for Accord Healthcare or our subsidiary, Actavis UK and Ireland. Keeping our people at the heart of all we do, we offer rewarding opportunities for those looking for continued personal and professional growth, investing in training and development tailored to each individual’s focus. So, if you’re looking for an inclusive company to take your career to the next level, you’re certainly in the right place.   

This role is being recruited by Actavis UK & Ireland, a subsidiary of Accord Healthcare.

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