Abbott Demand Planner in Menlo Park, California

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Demand Planner. The Demand Planner works without appreciable supervision, develops and issues the finished goods forecast per value stream assigned which translates into manufacturing plans by partnering with some or all of the following: marketing, supply chain management, supply planning, purchasing, finance, program management, regulatory, research and development and clinical.

Impact this role will have:

  • Prepares data and graphs and leads monthly pre-S&OP meetings with cross-functional stakeholders (marketing, production, engineering, regulatory, clinical, R&D) within applicable value streams; drives action items as result of meeting.

  • Schedules and ensures proper attendance of pre-S&OP meetings.

  • Prepares S&OP template for S&OP management review and is prepared to justify actions.

  • Facilitates meetings to ensure clarity between supply and demand.

  • Develops new product launch plans (including phase ins and phase outs) with input and collaboration from selling divisions, production, marketing, R&D and regulatory; works with Supply Chain Manager for production plan.

  • Reviews criteria for new product numbers (ZFIN) requests, creates new ZFIN setup, sets up and maintains master data, applies safety stocks and adds forecast into SAP.

  • Reviews data from various sources to create a finished goods forecast which translates into manufacturing build plans while giving consideration to the following: backorder mitigation, minimization of time finished goods sits in inventory, minimizing finished goods/raw material/subassembly scrap, finished goods safety stock, new product introductions and product phase outs.

  • Leads cross functional meetings to ensure key stakeholders provide feedback and updates which could influence finished goods demands.

  • Leads continuous improvement project teams, proactively and without prompting, pulling in stakeholders from across the entity.

  • Performs as a systems super-user to investigate and recommend system efficiency improvements.

  • Provides system training and guidance to junior members of the team.

  • Analyzes the following on a consistent basis to review accuracy, identify trends and capture issues, developing plans of actions based on findings:

  • actual shipments versus the net required forecast plans

  • finished goods actual results versus the forecast

  • actual sales versus the forecast

  • Loads and maintains the demand forecast into the appropriate system.

  • Prepares various reports as needed which are moderately to highly complex.

  • Facilitates communication with key stakeholders regarding finished goods supply issues. Partners with stake holders to resolve outstanding issues.

Your experience(s), education and knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration, Finance or related field.

  • 3 years’ minimum experience in forecasting/demand planning.

  • 3 years of experience working in forecasting/demand planning/ERP/MRP systems and/or software

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.

  • Ability to travel approximately 10%, including internationally.

  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.

Your preferred qualifications and education:

  • 1 year in medical device.

  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email