Demand Forecasting Systems Lead

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Overview

Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

Sound good?

KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor - is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

Primary Responsibilities

The Demand Forecasting Systems Lead will report directly to the Sr Systems Lead. The purpose of this position is to lead and improve our forecasting efforts through their subject matter expertise of Demand Forecasting systems. The Leader will engage in cross functional support of our Transportation, Warehouse Operations, Merchandising and Sales teams as necessary. This role will also partner with the Supply Chain Process and Training Team to ensure forecasting techniques and systems is trained to the organization to maximize performance.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement the Demand Planning Roadmap in collaboration with the Fulfillment Roadmap to maximize system capabilities.
  • Evaluate and assess current and future Supply Chain systems need.
  • Collaborate with peer and cross-functional leaders to develop Demand Planning best practices to positively drive forecast accuracy and bias in support of Supply Chain KPIs.
  • Team up with the Process and Training leader to ensure that training is developed to support the demand best practices and strategies.
  • Serves as the FROST (Manhattan Associates' Demand Forecasting and Inventory Optimization (DFIO) Application) Liaison for matters pertaining to demand functionality and serves as the point of escalation for FROST systems issues.
  • Maintain customer channel forecasting locations in FROST and add and delete channels as necessary
  • Explores innovative techniques to improve data flow from alternative sources.
  • Collaborate with supply chain, account managers, category management and sales to drive better integration and visibility into the supply chain and other functions across the value stream.
  • Maintains the ability to drive supply chain operational performance through special projects associated with on-boarding/exiting customer, new product introduction, etc.
  • Familiarity with various programming languages, operating systems, and computer hardware platforms.
  • Facilitate root cause analysis to pinpoint opportunities within the business.
  • Update and run Safety Stock Simulation strategies for the company
  • Test and enable additional advanced features of Demand Planning functionalities within FROST application
  • Help business with seasonal and holiday readiness
  • Act as Product Flow expert and provide guidance to 15+ demand planners and several cross functional leaders
  • Work collaboratively with Supply Chain System Replenishment team and buying teams
  • Write business requirements for interface changes of internal applications within KeHE
  • Ability to extract data from reporting warehouses (Power BI) and provide insights and recommendations to business towards KPI improvement.

Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

  • A four-year college degree in Supply Chain, Business, or related field is required.
  • 5 years of progressive experience in Demand Forecasting Systems operations or development, with an advanced understanding of transportation, warehousing, supply-chain execution software and category management

Qualifications/Additional Skills/Aptitude

  • Strong analytical and thinking skills.
  • Ability to learn new skills.
  • Possess a sense of urgency and attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Ability to manage large volumes of data.
  • Talent communicating effectively both orally and in writing with people at all organizational levels.
  • Ability to effectively manage a wide variety of tasks simultaneously and often with time conflicting pressures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and effectively as part of a team.

Requisition ID

2021-11759
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Location

Easy commute off of I-88 | Walking distance to variety of cuisine options | LA Fitness in the complex (where you get a major discount) | ample parking

An Insider's view of KeHE Distributors

What’s the vibe like in the office?

KeHE is the perfect blend of hard work and diverse culture while maintaining a vibe that is fun and collaborative. It's not just a group of professionals paid to do the work, but instead everyone is part of a team working towards a common goal.

Moe Khan

Sr. Software Automation Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As the Manager of UI/UX Design, we work alongside & collaborate daily with engineers, product managers, and KeHE stakeholders to advocate UX & consistency across applications. The most exciting part about working for KeHE, besides the great people, is innovation - leading us to deliver high quality digital solutions transforming the food industry.

Ashley Plumb

User Experience Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Engineering isn't just about writing code. Understanding the needs of our users and translating those needs into a better product is a huge part of our day-to-day. Writing clean, performant code is fun and exciting, but if we don't deliver a functional product to our users at the end of the day, none of that matters.

Daniel

Lead Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

This year, the IT department at KeHE held their inaugural hackathon. It gave us the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen friendships in the spirit of friendly competition, as well as work with new and emerging technology. I cannot wait to see what is in store for next year’s hackathon!

Anthony Gacek

Software Engineer

What are KeHE Distributors Perks + Benefits

KeHE Distributors Benefits Overview

We are proud of our comprehensive benefits package - one that protects our employees and their families. Some benefits are provided automatically at no cost. Other benefits are available by choice. The benefits we offer are an important part of our total rewards which includes pay, benefits, and long-term career growth. Unique to being an employee-owned company, our team members are eligible to receive shares in the company through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan. For our tech teams, remote work will continue to be an option.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
What is an ESOP? An ESOP is a retirement plan known as an “employee stock ownership” plan. Under this type of Plan, the Company makes contributions into employees’ accounts.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Through KeHE's Flexible Spending Account option, employees can set aside pre-tax dollars towards child care expenses.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Gym discounts nationwide.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $2500 annually for continuing education.
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications
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