Senior Demand Planning Data Analyst

Posted 5.20.24
Seattle, WA
Who We Are:
At Brooks, we believe a run can change a day, a life, the world. Everyone who works here is a key part of our obsession to make the best running gear on the planet. We want our business — which also happens to be our passion — to be a place where everyone feels welcome and comfortable being themselves. Our company culture defines us, bonds us together, and drives our success. We live this culture daily through our brand values: Runner First, Word is Bond, Champion Heart, There is no “I” in Run, and Keep Moving. This means we always solve for the runner, do what we say we will, give it our all, are generous with our humanity, and find a way to keep moving every day, because joy is kinetic. 
Are you ready to help create something extraordinary?
Your Job:
As the Senior Demand Planning Data Analyst, you will play a strategic role in supporting the Demand Planning (DP) mission to deliver one accurate, collaborative, operational and strategic demand plan validated by Brooks leadership to drive service, inventory, and profitable growth.
You will own all DP data, analytics and reporting to enable data driven decision making, while also supporting Supply Planning and other cross-functional data and analytics, to bring concerted effort and efficiencies across the Integrated Planning teams. The Senior Demand Planning Data Analyst will define which inputs are used, how we obtain them, and how we can optimize planning using data.
You will be our SME in Kinaxis for data, analytics & reporting and have the critical role to ensure Kinaxis is providing the right information and visuals to drive decision, provide ideas to improve our forecasting methodology, and ensure excellence in operational and strategic demand planning to our stakeholders.
Your passion for continuous improvement will elevate the process and system/tool capabilities of the planning teams through a strong partnership with the DP Operational Teams, the DP Excellence Lead, and our Senior IT Analyst for Kinaxis. 
Your Responsibilities:
  • Lead Reporting & Analytics (DP)
  • Lead and own DP reports and analytics, including but not restricted to:
  • Policies for demand segmentation and classification assignment
  • KPIs and RCA process
  • Monthly demand planning reports: event library, month over month evolution, new product launch tracker, sell in/sell thru YTD/YTG
  • Support global Demand Planning teams on all analytics needs
  • Lead Kinaxis Data & Analytics (DP)
  • Own demand plan disaggregation matrix (size, weekly, DC split, etc.) and ensure up to date with network (sourcing, DC) changes while auditing and improving accuracy
  • Audit and own analysis of demand planning parameters used for stat modeling and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Propose improvement to forecasting methodology by running forecast value add analysis
  • Maintain seasonality profile at different levels of the product and customer hierarchy and throughout the lifecycle, improving when needed
  • Define, audit, and improve the alerts and exception messages to enable planning by exception 
  • Propose and run scenarios of demand planning parameters to improve KPIs
  • Collaborate with DP leader to lead, test, and execute improvement plans
  • Kinaxis Subject Matter Expert
  • Serve as the super user for data, analytics, and reporting for DP
  • Connect with IT Brooks and Kinaxis team on issues relating to data, analytics & reporting in the system
  • Brings continuous improvement ideas for Kinaxis capabilities to DP Operational Excellence Lead
  • Support implementation of Kinaxis design, build, testing, and deployment
  • Onboard and train new team members on the “Kinaxis X process”
  • Mentor and train team members and cross-functional partners on the tools, Kinaxis
  • Ensure good quality of the operational demand plan and ensure right delivery for Demand Planning customers:
  • Ensure reference data needed for DP is properly collected and available in Kinaxis to support the DP collaborative process
  • Audit and control quality of input and challenge X-functional teams for accuracy and process efficiency
  • Ensure all demand owned by cross-functional teams (APLA, no charge, trailhead) is captured in the Demand Plan
  • Coach DP teams to transform data into stories to increase quality of collaboration with DP stakeholders
  • Ensure that the demand plan is properly submitted to the Supply Chain, Business and Financial communities per agreed process, driving problem solving when issue and improvement as needed
  • Support Demand Planning continuous improvement
  • Lead all demand planning reports and analytics continuous improvement, including DP Ops needs or operationalization of DP operational excellence standards
  • Lead and support the documentation of key processes and procedures
  • Contribute to the Global Demand Planning Community by developing Demand Planning Excellence program and participating in cross-functional project teams
  • Mentor and train team members and cross-functional partners on the tools, systems, and processes within the Integrated Planning team
  • Support S&OP process
  • Assist Demand Planning Team in preparing and facilitating monthly (pre) Demand Review
  • Assist Demand Planning Team in preparing S&OE content
  • Support Data & Analytics (IP)
  • Support Global IP data, analytics, and reporting needs on an ad hoc basis
  • Partner with other IP data and analytics Sr analyst for synergies, consistency, and efficiencies
  • Cross train with MSP Sr analyst data & analytics to backfill tasks when/if needed
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Business, Supply Chain, or related discipline or equivalent combination of experience
  • 5+ years of experience in a planning related field including:
  • 2+ years of demand planning analyst with data and analytics in a planning system experience
  • Or 2+ years of demand planning data and analytics responsibilities within a planning system (ideally Kinaxis)
  • 2+ years of super user for a demand planning system
  • Familiar with demand planning parameters optimization and forecast value add
  • Forecast bias, forecast accuracy metrics, and root cause analysis 
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills with an aptitude for report-building, data mining, interpretation and recommendations based on their own analysis.
  • Strong computer and quantitative skills, including:
  • Kinaxis or other supply chain planning systems with statistical modelling (SAP APO, O9, Anaplan, Logility)
  • Knime, Tableau, SQL and Power BI or any other Data warehouse/analytics system
  • Excel –Advanced level 
  • ERP 
  • Experienced with business process mapping
  • Ability to work cross-functionally, demonstrating strong interpersonal and collaborative skills. Displays strong initiative with a curiosity for learning and challenging the norm with an innovative mindset
  • Excellent Continuous Improvement/ problem-solving skills and a resourceful professional style
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Embraces and lives the Brooks values!
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