Demand Planner

US, US, CA - San Diego

Minimum Level of Education Required: Bachelors Degree

Percentage of Travel: Up to 10%

Location: CA - San Diego

Ref#: 17891

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Job Description

The Demand Planner position is responsible for a timely and accurate demand plan for the organizations and products/portfolios assigned. They lead the monthly S&OP process for their respective customers and products and will use multiple sources to develop the demand plan of both component and set level including statistical forecasts, sales plans, scenario planning, portfolio management (new product introduction/phase-outs) and market intelligence

This position leads the S&OP dialogue each month, proposes the appropriate levels of demand to plan for and gains consensus from their key counterparts in Sales, Marketing, Finance, Development, and Supply.


  • Own and drive continuous improvement within the demand portion of the Sales and Operations Planning Process(S&OP). Lead the monthly forecasting cycle and oversee the forecasting process from long term strategy to short term execution for assigned products/portfolios. Develop and implement focused supply chain strategies to support business growth and profitability.
  • Achieve minimal forecast error in monthly demand planning forecasts through appropriate analyzing and calculating of historical data and gathering extrinsic information from their customers to plan future demand.
  • Keep Master Data and MRP / SAP system parameters accurate and up to date, to ensure the detailed demand component schedules are appropriately driven through MRP and are producing accurate and actionable data for Purchasing to execute against.


  • Utilize demand history to statistically forecast projected demand to support planning horizon for all products and families assigned.
  • Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, compare & refine statistical forecast models, summarize data, validate and evaluate forecast results.
  • Lead and participate in cross-functional reviews to reconcile variances in demand forecasts and refine to reflect updated Sales & Marketing initiatives & inputs.
  • Keep cross-functional partners, management and manufacturing sites aware of trends, potential changes and upside/downside risks.
  • Manage and drive the S&OP demand planning & regional review sub-process for applicable portfolio, focusing on operational plan change drivers and financial plan gap-closing opportunities.
  • Support business execution of new programs and initiatives that include promotional activities, new product launches, update projects, phase-outs and network and distribution redesigns.
  • Develop and implement long-term supply chain strategies and that address master data, data integrity, and cross-functional product maintenance decisions in support of business growth.
  • Support master data maintenance and planning processes, ensuring integrity of data to optimize demand planning performance.
  • Use, understand and maintain cross-functional linkages within the organization’s demand planning software. (SAP, Cognos, or other ERP system)
  • Provide input to the Supply Planning organization in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs.
  • Participate in and lead collaborative projects with other cross-functional partners to remove barriers and advance our operational excellence.
  • Partner with the procurement team, other Regional Demand Planners and other organizational colleagues to address constrained demand, when needed.
  • Monitor key performance indicators, analyze cost-to-serve performance data, and coordinate cross-functional work teams to increase effectiveness of supply chain initiatives.
  • Reconcile annual plans with demand plans and communicate gaps.
  • Facilitate demand shaping with commercial partners.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Management, Operations, Logistics, Supply Chain or related field, or equivalent and 2 to 4 years of related planning experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  2+ years demonstrated results in supply chain management or demand planning with Bachelors degree.

Strong statistical, analytical and problem solving ability. Entrepreneurial spirit is a must. Experience working with detailed product line forecasts and familiarity with the sales and operations planning process (S&OP). Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities.  Experience with low volume, high mix product lines highly preferred. APICS or IBF certification preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

N/A

NuVasive is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. The “EEO is the Law” poster options are available here.

About NuVasive
NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) is the leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery and beyond with minimally invasive, procedurally-integrated solutions designed to deliver reproducible and clinically-proven surgical outcomes.The Company’s portfolio includes access instruments, implantable hardware, biologics, software systems for surgical planning, navigation and imaging solutions, magnetically adjustable implant systems for spine and orthopedics, and intraoperative monitoring service offerings. With $962 million in revenues (2016), NuVasive has an approximate 2,300 person workforce in more than 40 countries serving surgeons, hospitals and patients. For more information, please visit www.nuvasive.com.
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