Central Statistical Demand Planner

Within the S&OP Planning function of our Global Supply Chain, we are looking for a Central Statistical Demand Planner to drive central statistical demand planning. This new role is part of our key transformative initiative: project Anura. Under Project Anura we are implementing a new way of working in our Global Supply Chain (both Demand and Supply planning) by introducing a next generation planning tool from OMP. Our aim is to move from a short term static sequential planning to a synchronized, data driven planning with E2E visibility across our Supply Chain both on short and longer term horizon. Would you like to drive Global Forecast Accuracy improvement by enabling Advanced Statistics and the latest AI/ML technology? Are you a business savvy professional with appetite for data, analytics and do you want to drive Business Adoption of making data driven forecasting leading? Then we are looking for you!


Central Statistical Demand Planner

What we ask

  • Bachelor or Master degree
  • Affinity with data, analytics and statistics and willingness to develop this (education in area of Data Science/Analytics or Econometrics is a plus)
  • Experience in data analytics role or demand planning is a plus
  • Business savvy, able to understand dynamics various markets we operate in
  • Understanding of (customer) supply chain within RFC: only internal, external out
  • Demonstrated stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent communication & presentation skills (English must, Dutch optional)
  • Pro-active/action oriented, self-starter
  • High sense of responsibility and accountability
  • Pragmatic and flexible
  • Dynamic/energetic, able to motivate and engage with colleagues and management

What we offer


  • Unique company culture of Dutch heritage and international presence    
  • We offer great work life balance, and competitive salary & benefits package so you can enjoy it   
  • Workweek of 38 hours, competitive pension scheme, holiday allowance of 8%, end year allowance 3%, bonus scheme, flexible working hours and the ability to work from home.  
  • Diverse training and mentoring programs to help you grow on your own professional journey   
  • Exceptional support of cross disciplinary movement within the company to broaden your knowledge and growth paths    
  • A friendly and informal working environment, yet professional team members as sparring partners    
  • Autonomy and trust to create longer term impact that helps bring better nutrition to the world    
  • Free cheese and milk at lunch in the central office, and barista coffee to help you go through your working days with a lot of joy   
  • FrieslandCampina has a ‘fietsplan’ 

Vacancy description

  • As a central planner your goal is to drive business adoption of data driven forecasting via AI/ML (demand sensing) and Statistics. You will create a solid statistical baseline forecast for various parts of our business in close collaboration with the local demand planners at our various parts of the organization.
  • You are responsible for reviewing and cleaning historical data and determine if AI/ML/Statistical forecasting and demand sensing can be applied to your scope/portfolio
  • In this role you are driving the continuous improvement of our forecast accuracy, bias and forecast value add. You are able to understand and challenge the quality of enrichments provided by the commercial teams and drive the  continuous improvement journey of our AI/ML engine based on available data.
  • In this role you will closely collaborate with demand planners at various parts of our global Supply Chain organization. You will also collaborate with other data science experts, both from FrieslandCampina and our solution provider OMP.
  • Implementing this transformative way of working entails more than solely implementing a new tool. Change management and continuous improvement capabilities are key. As central planner, you have an important role in reaching adoption of data driven forecasting at the various part of our business. In this context you deal resistance and coach colleagues supported with data and analysis to adopt the system template and bring it into action!
Staying true to who you really are, that is your starting point at FrieslandCampina. Because it is precisely by embracing our differences that we can grow together. We want to create a working environment that allows all employees to bring their best and authentic selves. If who we are suits you, but you're not sure if you're the best fit for the role, we still encourage you to apply so we can help you find the role that fits you best.

The central planning team is part of the Global S&OP organization. You will be part of a diverse, ambitious team and will report to the {Global Statistical Planning Lead). Want to work with one of the largest dairy companies in the world with the head quarter located in Amersfoort? Here we work with multidisciplinary disciplines to make a real difference in the lives of millions of people by providing the very best nutrition. Fulfilling our purpose, better nutrition for the world, requires great efforts from many people. We believe that people as diverse as our nutritional offerings – including and not limited to gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religious belief, nationality, social background, disability and thinking style – enrich our lives and strengthen our business. 

About our team and office: 

  • A multidisciplinary team — highly skilled, focused on making our best work together 
  • A friendly environment — with wonderful cafeteria, free milk, cheese and Lattiz coffee, and subsidized lunches drinks and events  
  • Easily accessible — close to central station and with private parking spaces 
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JOB-ID: 51121 | Central Statistical Demand Planner, Netherlands
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