Demand Manager (m/f/d) - Remote possible

Operations | Ludwigshafen, Germany, Germany
Job Details Apply
Job Details

A picture containing logo

Description automatically generated



Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) A leading global water technology company.

Water challenges are escalating around the globe, placing people and communities, our environment, and our very future at risk. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity. We are a Fortune 1000 global water technology provider with with over 22.000 employees and one mission: to help our customers solve water through the power of technology and expertise. We are the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Together, we can make water more accessible and affordable, and communities more resilient. Let’s create a world that is more water-secure and sustainable for all. We have the opportunity of a lifetime to solve water. Let’s work together and lead the way.

The role:

This role is a critical part of the organization's SIOP team and is responsible for managing long and short-term forecasts for all assigned product lines and families. This role interacts closely with Sales and Product Management to build a cross-functional demand plan that will be used as the basis for production planning and material purchasing throughout the supply chain.

The Demand Manager (m/f/d) uses a variety of data sources including sales promotional data, new product plans, and statistical modeling to create a demand signal to drive supply chain and Integrated Business Planning.  The monthly goal is to deliver an accurate and cross-functionally aligned 24 month rolling demand plan. A key responsibility of the Demand Manager is to develop, document, update and challenge the assumptions supporting the demand plan.


Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:


  • Lead the Demand Planning process for the assigned market
  • Develop demand forecasts (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation and time horizons as part of a demand planning function
  • Continuously analyze, report, and evaluate forecast error rates and develop root-cause action plans to reduce forecast errors and continuously improve the process
  • Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results
  • Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and product management assumptions
  • Interact with sales, product management, and finance to understand demand forecast drivers such as end of month / year activities or other promotional or event-based activities
  • Use and maintain the Demand software as the primary forecasting system tool
  • Provide input to the Supply Planning organization in developing inventory strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs
  • Closely coordinate and communicate demand signals with supply planning
  • Partner with Product Management by leading the demand review meetings to develop and communicate a consensus forecast
  • Generate and distribute reports to communicate forecast changes throughout the organization and how those changes might impact inventory or capacity
  • Create statistical forecasts: Gather, analyze, and validate data; Execute statistical modeling software; Review resulting statistical forecast model; Apply error analysis techniques to improve forecasting; Summarize/aggregate statistical forecasts
  • Review sales plans, financial budgets and estimates and other demand drivers: Present, solicit, and assess feedback on the various forecasts from Product Management, Sales, and Finance
  • Achieve consensus for operational demand forecasts by facilitating a collaborative planning process with marketing sales, and finance personnel: Prepare relevant material to facilitate research and discussion
  • Provide input to volume planning (latest estimates / annual process): Facilitate monthly demand review meetings
  • Maintain demand planning system and software: Enter and modify data to ensure a good statistical forecast.  Evaluate and maintain outlier demand. Monitor trends in forecast error; Identify relevant market-related data and competitive intelligence


Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Marketing, or a related field
  • Advanced technical or business degree, MBA preferred
  • Demonstrated Continuous Improvement (CI) experience - Lean Six Sigma experience and/or Green Belt.
  • Strong leadership, communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills to drive decisions and build consensus among stakeholders.
  • High level proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Microsoft Excel and Access to design and execute complex queries and reporting
  • Strong mathematical and statistical knowledge; Experience with Business Intelligence applications (examples: Alteryx, Tableau, Power BI).
  • Proficiency in Demand Planning Systems – Preferably Demand Works (Smoothie)
  • Experience working with a CRM tool preferred: experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”


  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.


If you have any questions, please contact Sabrina Schünhof (Recruiter) at +49 152 59188466


We are looking forward to your application!


Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or other characteristics protected by law.


Apply Now