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Demand Planner

Oxford University Press
New York, NY 10002
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Oxford University Press

Demand Planning

Posted: September 12, 2022
New York City, NY, USA

We are the worlds largest university press. We have both a worldwide reach and a personal understanding of local needs, partnering on the ground to adapt publications and resources to meet the individual needs of communities, societies, and countries. We partner with researchers, educators, and technology partners to stay ahead of the changing ways people around the world are accessing and sharing knowledge. With a presence in more than 50 countries and millions of customers around the world, an idea launched at OUP can have a global impact.

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Advancing Knowledge and Learning


We have an exciting opportunity for a forward thinking, analytically minded individual to work as part of the newly created Inventory Centre of Excellence team. This role will play an important role in our transformational change with the post holder having the freedom for lateral thinking and personal development within the role.

We are committed to a reduction in waste, reduction in inventory, and environmental footprint so an appreciation for these factors alongside our customer focused drivers will be key to the success of the applicant.

Key areas of responsibility will include:
  • Develop and maintain demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation for global materials
  • Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results
  • 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, editorial, and finance teams to understand demand forecast drivers, and build in requirements from the regional hubs
  • Use and maintain the relevant demand planning software tools to refine outputs and increase forecast accuracy, product availability, and reduce bias
  • Work closely with the Supply Planning team so the demand plan can be used to develop inventory and supply strategies on materials in all stages of their product lifecycle
  • Achieve core key performance targets and scorecard metrics including forecast bias and forecast accuracy, investigating and resolving discrepancies in the measures
  • Schedule and run the monthly Demand Review Meetings


This is an excellent role for someone with strong analytical skills and good attention to detail with strong interpersonal skills and can effectively interact with different people. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Proficiency in statistical analysis, forecasting and forecasting methodologies with an understanding of their financial and operational impacts
  • Experience at presenting at meetings
  • Strong IT/systems use, particularly Microsoft Excel skills
  • Experience working cross functionally to deliver results.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to deal with senior level professionals
  • An attitude of continuous improvement
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and remain calm under pressure

  • Detailed working knowledge and experience of the most up to date S&OP methodologies, including statistical modelling e.g. machine learning
  • Working knowledge of demand planning software, with recent knowledge of SAP APO and / or IBP strongly desirable.
  • Experience of working with Alteryx or similar.

Location: This role can be Hybrid in New York, Sunderland and Cary or Remote

GJC: I5 (for internal purposes only)

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Posted: 2022-09-13 Expires: 2022-10-15

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