Senior Manager Demand Planning

Portland | United States | Accounting & Finance

Purpose and Relevance for the organization

Your task as Senior Manager Demand Planning is to lead, develop and guarantee the best possible performance of your team. In addition you are responsible for the steering and creation of the Wholesale Demand Plan for the sales area Adidas America. The Demand Plan (DP) is the basis for Purchasing and significantly influences the inventory management/stock turn and re-order availability. Therefore it is also the foundation for reaching sales and inventory targets. Main KPI is the Demand Plan accuracy in consideration of availability and inventory levels.


Personnel management of direct reports

  • Fill open positions in the team
  • Establish a high-performance culture via the communication of clear expectations and targets
  • Develop the functional and social competencies of all employees
  • Evaluate the performance and competencies of your employees within the given SCORE appraisal framework
  • Introduce a feedback culture and ensure that the Creating the New – Behaviors (Creativity, Collaboration and Confidence) are followed throughout the department.
  • Manage talents within your team to develop their competencies and managing skills to grow within the DP department
  • Responsible for a frictionless collaboration within the team and all other key contacts
  • Adhere to the responsibility towards the employee (e.g. Online Time, etc.)
  • Ensure the adherence to all employee-relevant adidas guidelines and all legal obligations  

Ranging & BU strategy

  • Ensure volume alignment between Integrated Business Planning process and Operational Planning on category level
  • Execution of DP processes to support strategic initiatives to fulfill Business Unit (BU) requirements
  • Provide analysis for BU marketing to enable a fact-based decision making for future strategy
  • Be the main contact for the Marketing BU for day-to-day business/operations
  • Support and consult the Merchandising teams throughout the range creation and identify risks and opportunities based on analysis of the current business development
  • Lead/Support BU projects


  • Steer the WHS BU RDP in close cooperation with the Director Demand Planning to match the overall BU strategy
  • Optimize existing planning process and strive for efficiency
  • Responsible for creating and updating the Rolling Demand Plan (RDP) for defined Business segments on article level for Wholesale
    • Forecast extrapolation  
    • Create analyses and statistics
    • Ensure pre-order business
    • Balance the product availability for the re-order period
    • Monthly distribution of the RDP reflecting market demand
    • Create and update size curves
  • Observance of local and global timelines and deadlines
  • Liaise with cross-function departments on time (Marketing, Finance, Purchasing)
  • Observe markets regarding changes, chances and risks
  • Support the DP & Supply Chain Purchasing alignment for the respective BUs with regard to the inventory review process and as well the demand/supply review


  • Demand Plan accuracy
  • Demand Plan reliability
  • Inventory management/stock turn
  • Optimization/reduction of excess stock
  • Availability

Key Contacts

  • Business Unit Marketing teams
  • Marketing Finance
  • Concept to Consumer/Range Architecture
  • Direct to Consumer
  • Marketing Operations
  • SCM Purchasing
  • Sales
  • IT

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to manage complex situation and challenges
  • Proven managerial skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking
  • Good project management skills
  • Very good analytical skills
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Advanced SAP knowledge (APO & AFS)
  • Advanced MS Excel skills
  • Good knowledge of MS Office (Access, Power point, Word)
  • Fluent in English

Educational Background/ Minimum requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. 5-7 years of work experience in demand planning or a similar field
  3. 1-3 years’ management experience
  4. Experience in the sporting goods industry preferred
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The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Manager Demand Planning
Team Accounting & Finance
Brand adidas
Location Portland
Country United States
Number 194669
Position Type Full time
Date Apr-16, 2019
Relocation no

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