Demand Planner – Speedo USA

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Demand Planner - Speedo USA


The world's leading swimwear brand, Speedo is passionate about life in and around the water. The brand's heritage of innovation derives from its leadership in competitive swimming, where more Olympic Gold Medals have been won in Speedo than any other brand. Unmatched in performance, fit and feel, we are also America’s #1 goggle brand.

From the first splash to every stroke, the genuine love and excitement we have working with the water is what creates exciting and meaningful relationships.

Speedo is not where we work but is who we are.

It’s watching a baby in the pool for the first time, or our athletes make history. What we do is sacred to us and our connection to the rest of water lovers around the world. Driven by the challenge, not the glory. At Speedo, it is never enough to be good at what you do; you must love what you do.

Speedo is a part of the Pentland Brands Limited Family.

We are Pentland Brands, a global family business bringing some of the most loved active and footwear brands to millions of people around the world.

We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, ellesse, SeaVees, Red or Dead and we’re the UK licensee for Kickers and have a joint venture partnership for Lacoste footwear. Our products are available in over 190 countries and are sold either directly by Group companies or are represented by licensees and distributors.

All our brands have their own unique identities and every one of them is powered by Pentland. We have more than 1,200 employees worldwide and we’re always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic people to help shape our future.

We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop, be it through creative working environments or learning opportunities. Our brands are there in the moments that matter - being there for more people, in more of those moments, drives everything we do.

At Pentland, we’re guided by four principles, we use these to make sure we’re not only doing a great job, but we’re doing it in the right way:

  • Success is a team game
  • With clarity and courage
  • Better as standard
  • In good conscience

We believe in building brands for the world to love, generation after generation. Your potential is our potential and together we can build and grow brands that last.


Responsible for generating and maintaining a 24 month statistical baseline forecast, integrating into it market intelligence from collaborative partners, and publishing it to be used in supply and financial planning for assigned brands or target groups. Collaborate with Sales, Inventory Planning, Retail Planning, and Merchandising and utilize analytics to create a quality forecast that allows us to achieve the highest level of customer service and quality of inventory. Provide analysis to help develop Sales, Product Development and Purchasing plans to meet strategic and financial objectives.


  • Timely follow of the monthly process to develop and publish a 24-month rolling demand forecasts in units and dollars, which becomes the basis for operating plans and financial projections.
  • Generate and execute weekly inventory analysis for forecast consumption.
  • Analyze historical demand, filter out outliers/exceptions, identify the most appropriate statistical forecasting algorithm, develop base plan, understand variance, propose improvement opportunities, communicate consensus, and incorporate demand signals into forecast.
  • Manage forecast by exceptions utilizing demand planning tools and reports to identify areas of highest volatility and error.
  • Analyze and maintain size scales in the forecasting system to communicate appropriately sized forecast to the inventory planning team.
  • Collect past/future demand factors (distribution gains/losses, price changes, new/discontinued products and promotion plans, global supply chain disruptions, for example) from sales and merchandising and forecast/model their impacts on demand.
  • Interact with Sales, Customers, Merchandising and Operations to understand and interpret the potential impact market trends and demand drivers can have on demand, and adjust the statistical forecast to reflect those impacts.
  • Lead the monthly consolidation of forecasts across teams so that demand review and new product reviews are conducted as part of the integrated business planning cycle.
  • Participate in monthly collaboration meetings with supply chain to review published forecasts, resulting buy plans, and issues/opportunities to optimize inventories and increase sales.
  • Analyze forecast accuracy & bias, develop enhancements to improve results, test, document, and re-cycle continuously. Show continuous improvement in forecast accuracy across various lead time lags.
  • Report and manage variances of annual, seasonal, and monthly sales budgets at different levels.
  • Champion demand planning best practices and support continuous improvement in the forecasting and collaboration processes.


  • 3-5 years of professional experience in demand planning, business planning, or supply chain planning roles with touch point in commercial and financial analysis.
  • Consumer products company experience preferred, especially a fast-moving consumer goods business highly desirable. Apparel or like product planning not required but highly desirable.
  • Experience working with Direct-to-Consumer businesses (i.e. Amazon) is preferred and a strong plus.
  • 1-3 years of experience with a leading forecasting solution/tool; preferably Blue Yonder (formerly JDA/Demand Planning), or relevant experience with similar modules such as SAP APO, Manugistics, Logility Demand, Steelwedge, Kinaxis, Oracle.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, or related Quantitative field.
  • APICS, IBF Demand (CPF) or CSCMP certification not required but highly valued.
  • Advanced knowledge of Spreadsheet software (Excel) and proficiency in Microsoft Office products.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including meeting facilitation and presentations.
  • Ability to influence senior leaders in department and division with the analysis you provide.
  • Analytical mind comfortable developing data scenarios, variance analyses, and causal (basic) models.

Pay Range: $65,500 - $90,000 annually

Base pay is a portion of our total compensation package and determined within a range that allows growth and development within your role. Your base pay will be determined based on experience, skills and qualifications.

Speedo and Pentland Brands are an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants for employment on the basis of their individual capabilities and qualifications, consistent with applicable law and without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, military status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. In addition to complying with all applicable laws, we have a strong corporate commitment to inclusion, diversity and to ensuring that all current and future associates are compensated solely on job-related factors such as skill, ability, educational background, work quality, experience and potential. To achieve these goals, applicants are asked not to disclose salary history information

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