A demand planner is a professional who collaborates with other members in the supply chain to achieve sales and service objectives. Those who hire demand planners seek candidates who are extremely accurate and can lead cross-functionally. According to the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning, business knowledge, relationship building, leadership skills, and a can-do attitude are imperative assets. In addition, demand planners are required to be skilled in supply chain fundamentals, execution and planning; have exceptional knowledge of engineering, statistics and finance; and be exceptional communicators.
Educational requirements for demand planners
Most positions in demand planning require a four-year college degree in business or engineering. Additional education, such as Kettering’s online Master of Science Operations Management program with a concentration in Supply Chain Management can accelerate advancement to mid- and upper-level management in demand planning. Call us at 1-855-418-0201, or fill out the form on this page for more information.