Manager Demand Planning - EM South



To provide an accurate forecast of future demand which maximizes the sales opportunity while minimize excess stock risk. The primary focus of this is to create alignment between Financial (Sales Planning – IBP), Channel, Brand and Supply Planning using the SAP IBP environment to harmonise and house this single source of truth.


Maintenance of Product Families

Pre-seasonal alignment with Market Supply Team on seasonal trends in Demand (local Product supply /Global Supply).


Align Product Family mid-term plan from IBP and Seasonal brand (CTC) guidance. Review  statistical forecast based on algorithm’s.


Pre-Seasonal Planning Preparation

Review and consolidate RMA article forecast post ranging sign-off (Brand/Channel alignment) across articles, product families and channels.


Review and consolidate  iMAP Merchandise Plans (DTC), Sales Orders (B2B) and additional Forecast as Orderbooks are built and plans are completed.


Support CTC in understanding the development of their categories or any Product Family gaps once article forecasts are consolidated.


Seasonal Consolidation of Demand/In Season Maintenance of Demand

Maintain Demand Plan on a rolling basis (monthly) and manage phasing of demand.


Review monthly Buying Volumes and be accountable to ensure Purchase Requisitions (PRs) are correctly maintained to support Demand phasing and correctly converted into Purchase Orders (POs).


Oversee Inventory simulation on a monthly basis to assist in decision support on buying and conversion discussions (Demand Review + S&OP).


Participate in S&OE (sales and operations executive) sessions to align Demand to constrained Supply and ensure all channels are updated on operational execution (timing and volumes).


Facilitate discussions on stock sharing with channels, should supply constraints be applied.


Business Decision Support

Creation of Reporting Suits to support Business

Data Maintenance

Contribute to Continuous Improvement of Operational Demand Planning Process



  • Align with IDP team on monthly Drumbeat KPIs (RDP and IBP)
  • Lead the monthly IBP drumbeat and monthly IBP submission accuracy in line with EM deadlines
  • Manage RMA Range guidance to ensure shape and Gross Sales volumes are aligned with IBP Assumptions
  • Category/Article Demand management
  • Facilitate and steer S&OP sessions with SCM, Brand, Channels and Finance
  • Accountable for demand signal to Product supply
  • Consolidate and manage monthly Buying Volume Guidance
  • Provide monthly Inventory Simulation data for IBP Process
  • Participate in S&OE sessions with SCM, Channels and Finance
  • Collaborate with EM DP team to ensure standardized approach is implemented across the region leading to improved planning accuracy.



  • CTC Team (Brand) on Range guidance and RMA
  • DTC Merchandising Teams, B2B Sales Teams
  • Global/Local Supply Chain
  • Emerging Markets Demand Planning
  • Global Demand Planning



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to manage and influence multiple cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Strong cross functional process knowledge or willingness to learn
  • Pro-active, collaborative and positive attitude even in changing environments.
  • Ability to think tactically but also focus on details.
  • Used to multi-task, solve challenges independently and work against deadlines to deliver high-quality work on time in full.
  • Proven methodological skills (e.g. data analysis, trend forecasting).
  • Simplification and efficiency.
  • Good attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Global mind-set and ability to work cross-culturally; experience within different countries and/or different cultures an advantage.



  • Bachelor's degree or related field required, higher degree preferred in management/accounting.
  • 3 years of cross-functional experience in marketing operations, merchandising, sales/retail or finance.
  • Excellent Project Management Skills.
  • Excellent Presentation Skills.
  • Fluent in English (writing and verbal).
  • IT skills: Outlook and Word: Basic; Excel and PowerPoint: advanced
  • MSTR/PowerBI/SAP knowledge preferable

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Job Title:  Manager Demand Planning - EM South

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Cape Town
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  WC
Country/Region:  ZA
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  512603
Date:  Jul 10, 2024