How to become a Demand Planning Rock Star in the Chemical Industry

August 24, 2011

At many companies, demand planners often work as a team of one, gathering data and interpreting it in order to improve the company’s ability to predict what supplies and ingredients it needs to purchase. The demand planner can easily be a scapegoat for things that go wrong in this process. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right tools and guidance, you can turn this sometimes lonely position into one that improves the company’s flexibility and profitability. And turn yourself into the company’s rock star with a solid career that adds value to the bottom line by taking three steps:

  1. Identifying and engaging stakeholders 
  2. Obtaining the right data at the right time 
  3. Presenting data and motivating change to secure results

This white paper covers the areas that are critical to successful demand planning, such as identifying stakeholders and their unique needs, and how to develop and implement the demand planning process as a continuous improvement model that drives business and meets the company’s individual and overall goals. In addition, this white paper provides some real-life examples of successful demand planning strategies as well guidelines and expectations based on interviews with chemical industry demand planners and overall industry findings.

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