Manager Demand Planning – EM South careers in adidas Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Full Time

Website adidas

This Job Listing is about adidas in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa 2022

About the job

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

Planning Integrated Business Planning (IBP) / International Logistics Sourcing (ILS/SP).Execute the IBP process to align the unconstrained demand of EM South between Marketing and Sales from an unbiased perspective across all categories and channels. Foster cross-functional collaboration to achieve one committed Sales Plan linked to the market budget plan/forecast for Emerging Markets South.Ensure that current business assumptions (ASPs, Category/Channel Growths (Profiles) are documented and formalized)Disaggregate the IBP plans into the article forecasts (ILS/SP) to ensure visibility for the global planning team, to enable better factory planning capacity decisions and factory constraint management.

Inventory & IDL Management & Simulation

  • Construction and maintenance of SSI Model (Sales, Supply, Inventory), ensuring that an 18 month rolling NS phasing (along with ASP/volume & SM/COGS forecast) is tracked and actualized, matching the RFC on a Mainstream level, as well as an Ambition view to validate Buying Volumes (as forecast or purchases).
  • Liaise with SCM to ensure latest Buying Volumes are maintained and aligned with IBP FC (Marketing FC) at both an Import and Local Supply level.
  • Ensure maintenance of Average Cost Prices to ensure that volume & value forecasts are matching or bridged and documented for Inventory Simulation & profiling (by month).
  • Provide inputs into OWC discussions and Inventory phasing (actuals & forecast) across DTC Stores, WHS & GIT & reconcile COGS (monthly) for IDL calculations (targets, actuals & forecasts). Business Decision Support
  • Support the EM South Brand and Channel Business Intelligence function to provide timely, well-structured data and high-quality analysis to enable fact-based decisions taken by adidas EM South teams including Category Business unit heads and consumer to consumer functions.
  • Document current state of processes, gather data relating to IBP, SBP, Inbound Logistics & operational Inventory distribution to provide support and transparency on supply chain, warehouse capacity requirements, store planning & DTC Inventory management & inform CTC ranging decisions.

Key Responsibilities


  • Consolidate monthly information for Senior Demand Planning Manager to assess budgets to enable better strategic decisions at an SLT level for EM South.
  • Facilitate monthly Marketing meetings, monthly sales meetings, monthly Operations meetings and monthly sign off of IBP.
  • Align with Marketing, Sales, Finance and Operations on the monthly IBP submission.
  • Act as an IBP champion in the market locally to support the IBP process (across brands and channel)
  • Disaggregate Africa (Export) business plans, incorporating them into IBP cycle and breaking it down by category.
  • Review ILS/SP/MBV monthly submission.
  • Ensure that IBP assumptions (ASPs, Channel shapes, Category Drivers) are documented and shared across Channels/Brands.
  • Respond to monthly global questions and provide insights to global on trends in SA market.
  • Communicate with EM stakeholders to ensure adequate flow of information for unit projections.
  • Review input for the specific ad-hoc queries before submission.
  • Ensure that Ambition Templates are aligned with Channels/Finance/SLT and submitted on time as per monthly deadlines.

Inventory (IDL)

  • Setup and maintenance of SSI Model
  • Update & alignment of SCM buying volumes (purchases & forecasts) for local and imported product
  • Completion of Monthly Inventory simulation templates & presentations
  • Update of IDL model (targets, actuals, forecast)
  • Documentation of assumptions (ACPs, ASPs, SM-COGS)

Business Decision Support

  • Track and monitor Go-in margin (GIM) as orders are captured
  • Consolidate the GIM each season by category and updating the Average selling Price reports for the business.
  • Maintain Buying Volumes Template to link SCM & treasury on currency monthly/seasonal currency demands.
  • Monthly review and analysis of the Brand critical articles. Identifying gaps and communicating to the product team the success rate of the products.
  • Draft category analysis when requested by global and EM team to better understand Product categories.
  • Consult and oversee matrix templates and related enhancements.
  • Analyse the Net Sales tracker to predict yearly sales target achievement.
  • Maintain a high level of communication with key stakeholder department heads – provide Product marketing on a monthly basis with one page summaries of their category performance.
  • Monthly analysis and buy decisions made to track success rate.
  • Review local sourcing reports and providing analysis into data trends.
  • Monthly analysis of their unit performance based on order book progression.
  • Ad hoc reports and door analysis.
  • Support the Demand Planning Senior Manager with relevant business requests.
  • Train Marketing and Sales and respond to ad hoc queries relating to the customer analysis file used for ROI calculations, campaign planning, range selection and sales timeline analysis.

Key Relationships

  • Internal: Finance, SCM, Sales, EM BI Team, Product Managers (CTC) & Marketing
  • External: BI Global & EM Team, IBP Global & Emerging Markets Team

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Enthusiastic, energetic and represents the Group value of integrity.
  • Ability to contribute to and execute strategy.
  • Comprehensive business understanding of processes and structure.
  • Confident to interact with Senior and Junior members of the Cluster.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Capable of managing and prioritizing a substantial and diverse workload.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex issues in an understandable manner.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Very good PC skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel.

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in Business (or equal education), preferably in Accounting/Finance.
  • 5 years experience doing Planning / Finance Controlling / Data Analytics.
  • Experience within Retail, Supply Chain, Marketing or Sales advantageous.
  • Fluent in English (writing and verbal)

Company: adidas

Vacancy Type: Full-time 

Job Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Application Deadline: N/A

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