Demand & Supply Planner

at Al-Futtaim
Published May 14, 2022
Expires July 13, 2022
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Category Other  
Job Type Full-time  


Demand & Supply Planner| Planning Merchandising| ACE| DUBAI

Location: Dubai, AE


Company: Al Futtaim Private Company LLC


Job Requisition ID: 130774


Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim Group today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and healthcare; employing more than 35,000 employees across more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Al-Futtaim Group partners with over 200 of the world's most admired and innovative brands. Al-Futtaim Group’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organization to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate.


By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration and integrity; Al-Futtaim Group continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day


Overview of the role:




Manages, balances and analyses all demand and supply in the supply chain, using advanced analytical, statistical, and optimization techniques.


Develop, communicate, and execute end-to-end product demand and supply plans across all channels of distribution in the GCC Region for a current or future product line in collaboration with Commercial, Marketing, Finance and Store Operations.




Responsible for measuring, optimizing and continuously improving forecast accuracy, planning inventory flows and phasing, inventory levels, minimizing errors, driving continuous improvement through processes, analysis, etc. Implement and use the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process to harmonize and drive global improvement with common targets to ACE




Job Key Details:


Description of Accountability:


Forecast demand, inventory, and multi-channel sell through. Generate weekly, monthly and yearly supply plans that meet ACE & Homework’s financial objectives. Evaluate risks. Plan and implement contingency plans to mitigate

Create baseline forecasts, maintaining data and forecast integrity in the forecasting tool(s) as well as other related platforms; communicate forecast to internal customers

Conduct monthly forecast maintenance & address demand-related issues in a timely and effective manner.

Use latest AI (Artificial Intelligence) / ML (Machine learning) techniques for forecasting & demand planning

Plan & monitor replenishment across the Distribution Centre network, stores & online by maintaining the accuracy replenishment parameter

The position is responsible for maintaining capacity plans to ensure the efficient delivery of inventory, service and cost objectives, in collaboration with Logistics (warehousing) and Store Operations.

Correcting replenishment parameters, lead times are regularly conform to business levels

Lead Supply planning process and analyse trends impacting the product launches, promotions, customer behaviour, and commercial decisions).

Defining forecast & replenishment process for New product introduction with buyers & range planning team to avoid over-buy/under-buy and stock out situation in stores

Provides supply planning expertise to the commercialization of new products or resolution of key inventory shortage issues

Build Power Users in business across Supply Planning leading practices in the initial set-up & continuous improvement of inventory, replenishment, and capacity planning policies, parameters, and configuration settings to optimize JDA plan outputs and process performance

Defining forecast & replenishment process for New product introduction with buyers & range planning team to avoid over-buy/under-buy and stock out situation in stores

Implement and conduct monthly S&OP cycles by respective department, enabling necessary measurement, performance assessment, corrective actions and full visibility

Schedule the necessary meetings with stakeholders on a monthly / regular basis

Monitoring monthly ageing stock level and building liquidating strategy with Buying team through inter-territory/store transfer, clearance & promotions.

Assist in developing annual budgets and cost-effectiveness initiatives.

Maintain training materials and organize trainings to team members.



Job Qualifications and Experience:


4+ years of extensive planning and forecasting experience.

4+ Years working experience on OTB calculations.

Knowledge of  Demand & Supply planning processes, general knowledge of Supply Chain

Prior experience in product planning, production control, inventory management, or production/manufacturing operations is a plus. Project management desired.

Experience with using ERP systems (preferably SAP) and advanced Panning tools with statistical modeling



What equips you for the role:


Minimum Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s degree desired)


Advance system proficiency, SAP & JDA experience is additional advantage

Proven analytical skills.

Experience with planning software/tools and merchandise management systems is preferred

Ability to work & influence in a matrix environment with multiple business functions

Strong team player and ability to work with the cross functional partners and senior management on all aspects of the business

Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet established deadlines.

Ambitious, resilient and driven, with the desire to succeed.

Passionate about their work with a can-do attitude

A team player capable of working cross-functionally in a collaborative manner.

Results-orientated, with the ability to drive and deliver the implementation of new ideas

Excellent presentation, time management and delivery skills

About Al-Futtaim Retail


Al-Futtaim Retail has established itself as one of the leaders in Retail across the Middle East, Africa & Asia over the past 30 years. We have developed partnerships with some of the biggest and most respected Brands in the world including IKEA, ACE and Toys R Us in the Middle East and the Inditex Group of Brands (Zara, Mango, Bershka and P&B) across Asia. We are also one of the largest Global partners of Marks and Spencer’s in both regions with over 75 stores offering both fashion & food options.


Most recently we have been responsible for bringing brands to the Middle East for the first time with the exciting launches of Watsons and B&Q and we aim to continue to be agile and adaptive to our markets with new launches and further development. For this to be possible we aim to recruit the best talent from all backgrounds who will continue to challenge and develop our diverse workforce which includes over 100 nationalities across 12 countries. Join us today and make a difference…

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