Distribution Planning Manager

  • Location:
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Area of Interest
    Supply Chain
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id

What You’ll Do

As a critical individual contributor position in the EMEAR Regional Team, you'll be responsible for providing account leadership to enable distribution bookings revenue, crafting inventory strategy, optimizing cost to serve and providing differentiated partner and customer experience.

The Distribution Planning Manager is accountable for driving collaborative planning processes to deliver distribution bookings, revenue attainment, customer experience, market share, financials (including cost to serve), and other fulfillment supply chain business outcomes by handling these major elements:

  • Plan and achieve distributor bookings and revenue goals
  • Optimal Inventory sizing and execution based on forecasts, service level targets and POS
  • Ensure product availability and differentiated service level performance; to distributors and from distributors to their resellers and customers
  • Optimize cost to serve and drive cost reduction initiatives
  • Sense future business needs
  • Increase promotions effectivity
  • Operations product lifecycle

You will do this through driving the end-to-end process between Distribution and Cisco's Supply Chain from customer sell-thru forecasting to distribution sell-in requirements and inventory management to manufacturing order management.

Who You’ll Work With

This role requires significant collaboration with Distributors and many cross-functional stakeholders within Operations, Finance and Sales.

Who You Are

  • 5+ years experienced in advanced supply chain, financial and statistical analysis skills to assess, frame, and drive data-driven decisions. Skilled at recognizing underlying themes, trends, and patterns (quarter over quarter, year or year) to explain current performance in the context of the macro business situation and use this insight to predict and prescribe future financial, operational, and delivery service level outcomes.
  • Able to balance multiple functional inputs including distributor forecasts, point of sale information, inventory buffer requirements, product life cycle information from marketing, and statistical forecasts to agree on monthly distributor forecast
  • Understand the dynamics between supply and demand balancing and be able to help distributors optimize inventory levels and improve fill rate
  • Highly effective at leading conversations that influence and drive optimized decisions with distributors and internal stakeholders. Confident in presenting own position despite resistance or unfavorable reactions from others. Committed and willing to take risks, make decisions, and escalate when needed to achieve desired business outcomes.
  • Highly effective in influencing distributors and establishing strong working relationship with distributors. Able to identify and motivate change in dependent processes within Cisco and with Distribution Partners. Skilled at partnering across companies to establish programmatic structures to achieve planning breakthroughs and improvements between inventory planning and order management
  • Advantageous with experience in Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR), end-to-end supply chain planning processes, inventory management, product life-cycle management, sourcing, supply chain financials, and/or supply chain modelling
  • A self-starter, and thrive in an environment with an agenda for change, growth, innovation, and visionary behavior. Can demonstrate the ability to operate continually at an ""up-tempo"" pace in a dynamic, fast moving culture.

Why Cisco

We connect everything: people, processes, data, and things. We innovate everywhere, taking bold risks to shape the technologies that give us smart cities, connected cars, and handheld hospitals. And we do it in style with unique personalities who aren’t afraid to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns.

We are leaders with vision, tech geeks, pop culture aficionados, and we even have a few purple haired rock stars. We celebrate the creativity and diversity that fuels our innovation. We are dreamers and we are doers.

We Are Cisco.

We connect everything - people, process, data and things. We innovate everywhere to create fresh ideas and possibilities. We make a meaningful difference that will benefit everyone - our people, our customers and the world around us.

Our technology changes the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. But our edge doesn't come from technology. It comes from our people. We're looking for the kind of people who take smart risks, thrive in diverse environments, inspire their colleagues, and are committed to having an impact on the world. Whether you create technology solutions that redefine business or build connections that strengthen the community, you can make it happen at Cisco!

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