Title:  Demand Planning Analyst

Requisition ID:  20623-159

Atlanta, GA, US, 30328

Category:  Production Control and Planning
Travel:  No Travel Required


The Demand Planning Analyst analyzes reported demand from several sources internal & external, including but not limited to statistical forecasts, market information, customer forecasts, historical trends and known new and lost business. This role will be responsible for crafting a demand plan that effectively characterizes future customer demand allowing for immediate production success, timely production to service customer needs, and limiting cost of variance.

Position Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Direct forecasting
    • Owns the Americas Demand Planning model. Produces a rolling 24-month demand outlook.
    • Updates customer demand requirements at the item level, identifies year over year changes in demand related to market, new or lost business, specification changes and product obsolescence. Continually enhances S&OP modeling to improve forecast accuracy.
    • Works closely with capacity planning team to understand constrained plants/assets and focus variance efforts on specified plants/assets.
    • Understands promotional activities and other sales tactics that impact the forecast. Incorporates market intelligence and develops statistical models that increase forecast accuracy. Provides analysis that aids in the decision-making process.
    • Responsible for forecast accuracy and bias on a monthly basis (MAPE). Determines and presents root causes of variances and targets. improvement opportunities and takes action within the overall process.
    • Addresses demand-related issues in a timely and effective manner
    • Proposes and implements solutions to improve demand forecast accuracy.
  • Ability to define and demonstrate continuous improvement to meet targets and KPIs.
    • Sets benchmarks and metrics to achieve KPIs, provide evaluation and steps forward to improve current levels.
    • Participates in the development of integrated budgets; responsible for the alignment of demand plans, and contributes to  the alignment of master schedules, plant schedules, and purchasing programs.
  • Supporting partner to the S&OP leadership team
    • Contributes to the Demand Planning Leadership Consensus in order to align all parties with the monthly demand plan. Provides analysis, steps forward, countermeasures and risks to the leadership team before finalizing the forecast.
    • Participates and takes action on analyses of the monthly demand plan, consensus meetings between Sales, Commercial Management, Business Development, Directors of Operations, Supply Planning and Customer Service. Quantifies feedback to support growth and strategic objectives.
  • All other duties as assigned

 Background / Experience:

  • Two (2) years of related experience in Demand Planning, Capacity/Supply Planning and/or Supply Chain Management
  • Knowledge and/or experience in process development, planning/manufacturing software and reporting systems is preferred


Education / Knowledge:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required, a degree in Business, Finance, Supply Chain, Engineering, Logistics or Operations is preferred
  • Familiarity with supply chain concepts and business operations



  • Strong analytical skills are required, specifically within MS Excel to include v-look ups, pivot tables, and graphing
  • Ability to apply analytic techniques to interpret data, identify issues, analyze causes, and provide well-reasoned conclusions and solutions
  • Ability to build strong relationships, considering diverse perspectives & different styles
  • Ability to work independently with a strong sense of urgency and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely across all business function areas is required
  • Preferred skills: In depth knowledge of MRP; APICS CPIM certification


Schedule Demands:

  • General schedule is an 8am – 5pm M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail


Physical Demands:

  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment



Key Competencies:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Skills
  • Action Oriented
  • Drive for Results
  • Learning on the Fly
  • Patience and Perseverance
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Organizing and Setting Priorities
  • Making the Complex Simple


Required Experience

At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

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Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the Poster, EEO is the Law.

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