Supply Chain Systems Analyst at Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Inc.

Posted in Retail 2 days ago.

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

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Supply Chain Systems AnalystPosition Summary

Primary Purpose

The Supply Chain Systems Analyst position provides critical operational, analytical and forecasting activities associated with Ferrara's customers and products. The Analyst is a key contributor in helping to develop and execute against the business objectives and strategy while providing analytics solutions to complex business challenges. This individual will create and maintain forecast models for Ferrara's customers, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from sales, marketing, finance, retailer replenishment analysts, and other sources (i.e. Nielsen, IRI or other syndicated consumer data). In addition, this role will support the supply chain by designing, building, and maintaining dashboards and tools that are used to drive business results.

Major Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Experience with SAP, APO & Business objects preferred
  • Ability to collaborate with IT on Business projects as identified by leadership
  • Maintain and assign Statistical Models in APO on a monthly basis for existing and new SKU's
  • Utilize and assist in data maintenance of Demand Planning software as the primary forecasting system tool
  • Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, and evaluate forecast results. Develop demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons as part of demand planning function
  • Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions
  • Interact with sales, marketing, and customer finance to understand demand forecast drivers
  • Utilize a collaborative and consensus approach by working with Sales, Marketing and Customer Finance to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used for demand forecasts
  • Provide input to the Supply Planning organization in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs
  • Closely coordinate and communicate customer action plans with supply planning
  • Review sales plans, customer finance budget updates or latest estimates and demand drivers
  • Achieve consensus for operational demand forecasts by facilitating a collaborative planning process with sales, marketing and finance personnel
  • Ensures adherence to all company policies and procedures
  • Understands and demonstrates the Company's core values
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Competencies/Skills/Knowledge Required

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Customer-Focused (dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers)
  • Analytical Thinker (able to design and implement analytical tools that directly improve department KPIs)
  • Deals with Ambiguity (can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty)
  • Decision Quality (makes good decisions based on a mixture of analysis, experience, and judgment)
  • Drive for Results (steadfastly pushes self and others for results)
  • Interpersonal Savvy (uses diplomacy and tact)

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, Statistics/Science discipline, or combination of education and equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years' experience required, Masters preferred
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel are required, including experience in gathering, organizing, and analyzing various complex data sets to utilize for presenting recommendations
  • Familiarity with SAP software required and/or APO planning software/Business Warehouse/Business Intelligence systems preferred
  • Proficient in Supply Chan principles and forecasting
  • Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi task in a fast paced environment


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, employment decisions and opportunities at Ferrara will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, military or veteran status, disability, handicap, genetic information, pregnancy (childbirth or related medical condition), or on any other basis prohibited by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.