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Demand Planner - Danone Canada

  • Posted: 24 May 2024
  • Operations
  • Canada
  • Hybrid

About the job


Welcome to the danone revolution!


Danone is the leading North-American brand in the yogurt and beverage sectors. Danone’s aim is to produce healthy products that create economic and social value and nurture natural ecosystems through sustainable agriculture. Our wide-ranging portfolios enable us to better serve consumers’ diverse preferences in high-growth and evolving categories. We’re creating an Alimentation Revolution and it means we aim to nourish people, communities and the world. We are changing the way we make many of our flagship-brand foods and beverages by using fewer and more natural ingredients and incorporating more non-GMO ingredients. We’re also committed to sustainable ingredient sourcing, water conservation, waste reduction, animal welfare and community engagement.   


We are seeking to fill a Demand Planner position for a category. The main duties will be to ensure that demand aligns accurately with objectives by relying on the continuous use and improvement of existing tools and procedures and collaborating with Sales, Marketing and the rest of Supply Chain. 


In this position, you will assume the following responsibilities:



  • Actively participate in S&OP processes
  • Participate in the volume forecast annual review
  • Align with the business team to translate promotional volume into volume to be shipped
  • Work closely with the Customer Solutions team to increase demand visibility and ensure key information is shared with the production planning team
  • Work together with the production planning group to ensure alignment of forecasts and risks / potential operational impacts
  • Consolidate forecasts in order to give leadership teams an overview



  • Conduct analyses to determine upcoming demand
  • Supervise and ensure consistency of forecasts for customers, products and distribution centers
  • Understand the impacts of seasonal trends on all business segments and adjust forecasts for the new product category
  • Collect useful past information and actively participate in predicting volume in relation to new product launches and the discontinuation of other products
  • Measure and improve the reliability of forecasts to contribute to key supply-chain performance indicators
  • Prepare ad hoc reports to improve forecasts and the ability of external actors to understand variances
  • Develop consumption-based forecast models for different company segments
  • Document and communicate risks and opportunities related to the plan/forecasts




About you


The ideal applicant will possess the following qualifications and skills:


Education and experience


  • Minimum 3 years of experience in an S&OP context is required (ideally in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry)
  • Bachelor’s degree in business management and administration, engineering or other relevant fields
  • Experience with SAP-APO (DP), Power BI, Nielsen, IRI or Retail Link is a plus
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office is required
  • Experience in team management is a plus


Knowledge, skills capabilities


  • Strong communication skills are required, both verbal and written
  • Ability to develop and establish cross-functional relationships and communicate effectively
  • Proven ability to lead several projects simultaneously
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and in a matrixed environment required
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and flexibility for changing priorities required
  • Ability to question the status quo and actively take part in the continuous improvement of procedures and tools

About us


Are you ready to join our incredible team?  


  • You will work for a certified B Corp company that has been named one of Canada's top 100 Employers for five consecutive years. In other words, you will be immersed in a culture that is rich and engaging, inclusive and human-centric, efficient and eco-responsible.  


  • You will benefit from our benefits package including collective insurance with a core health plan 100% paid and no waiting period. We also provide flexible credits for a wellness account, a health spending account or an RRSP. Additionally, we offer a competitive group retirement savings plan in which Danone will match your contributions. Our exceptional parental leave policy supports both primary and secondary caregivers. Our employee assistance program and telemedicine service are also available to ensure your well-being. 


  • You will enjoy our flexible and hybrid guidelines that let you design a work model and schedule that best suits your needs. Our innovative and flexible vacation policy allows you to take as much paid time off as you need. We also offer, among other things, a summer schedule and no-meeting Friday afternoons. Our onsite workplace features include new, dynamic and collaborative working spaces where it is good to work as a team. 


  • You will have access to various training initiatives, both in-house and online because we value and prioritize your growth and development. We also offer mentoring, leadership development programs and tuition reimbursement to support your career advancement. 


  • You will have the opportunity to make a difference in the community as we are a founding partner of the Breakfast Club of Canada. For 25 years, we have worked with the organization to provide children with  regular access to a nutritious breakfast in a comfortable environment, helping them reach their full potential. 


What are you waiting for? Join our team and enjoy these exceptional benefits! 



Danone Canada is a business unit of Danone and operates from headquarter offices in Boucherville, Quebec, and Toronto, Ontario. Danone Canada is the country’s largest consumer-facing B Corporation, demonstrating that the company meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. From year to year, Danone is recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for its forward-thinking work environment and was awarded the Parity Certification Women in Governance for our commitment towards gender equality in the workplace. We have 500+ employees across Canada that are engaged and energized to deliver Danone’s mission: Bringing health through to food to as many people as possible, by working on strong brands such as Activia, Oikos, Danone, Silk, International Delight and many others. Come join our movement for a healthier world: One Planet. One Health BY YOU 


Danone Canada doesn’t just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We’re proud to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to cultural background, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or age. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all our employees share the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect. 


Danone Inc. is committed to complying with its obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Danone Inc. will make reasonable efforts to provide accommodation throughout its recruitment process, to the point of undue hardship, and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.  Questions concerning the availability of accommodation in the recruitment process may be forwarded to INFORMATION@danone.com. 


Please note that this posting has been written in the masculine form solely to shorten the text. We promote diversity and encourage all people with the skills mentioned in this posting to apply for this position.