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Do you have very strong to advanced Excel skills for complex models (i.e. heavy indexing, pivot tables, VLOOKUP, etc.)?
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Do you possess solid experience with software packages including Microsoft Office Suite, demand planning, inventory optimization, and ERP (IQMS experience is a plus)
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Within the last 5 years, what role did the following play in your job:
developing and executing demand plan, replenishing inventory for assigned products/distribution centers
Demand Planner
CA - Irvine

Opportunity Snapshot
Top reasons to consider aligning your career with Aspen Medical Products
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Support Class I Medical Devices at an Award-Winning Organization with a History of Innovation

If you combine experience in demand planning, inventory control and materials planning with strong business acumen, forecasting/statistical skills, and the ability to effectively work and communicate with a variety of levels and titles, the Demand Planner role offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:
  • Make your mark in a new role brought on by strong growth. You will support the European market.
  • Expand your skills and experience as you learn our industry and Class I medical devices and gain international experience if you don't already have it.
  • Enjoy wide exposure in the U.S. and abroad as you work with cross-functional teams including Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, Finance and others.
  • Build a progressive career with Aspen Medical Products. You can earn opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and/or advance within Supply Chain or on another team in our growing organization. 
  • Support global expansion at a manufacturer of award-winning medical devices.
  • Become part of an organization with a rich history of innovation in a "Best Places to Work" environment. And, in our family-oriented culture, employees are valued and appreciated.
At Aspen Medical Products we pride ourselves on making the best products in the industry, products that change people's lives. We have won many industry awards for our medical devices, which are sold through hospitals, medical practices, chiropractors, and pain management clinics. We believe that enjoying your work and making valuable contributions to business are equally vital. To that end, Aspen has been designated one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County by the Orange County Register and the Orange County Business Journal eight years in a row.
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Take ownership of a new role and make an impact on international supply and demand planning

The Requirements
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To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. In addition, to be a good fit for the Demand Planner opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 3-4+ years of related work experience in demand management, inventory control, and materials planning.
  • Good facilitation skills are required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistics, forecasting and forecasting methods with an understanding of their financial and operational impacts.
  • Very strong Excel skills for complex models. Quick question for you - click here
  • Experience with software packages including Microsoft Office, Demand Planning, Inventory Optimization, and ERP such as SAP, Oracle or similar. IQMS experience is a plus. Quick question for you - click here
  • Excellent analytical, organization, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are also essential to effectively interact with all teams, areas and levels of business affecting the forecast process.
  • Willingness to work outside of traditional business hours (early morning meetings) to interface with European contacts.
  • Openness to occasional, limited domestic and/or international travel. 
Preferred but not required:
  • Forecasting or Supply Chain certification.
  • Experience in the medical device industry.  
We are currently working remotely but expect this to become a hybrid position including remote work and 2-3 days per week in the Irvine office. Part of your training will also be in the office.

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The Role
If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.
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Reporting to the Demand Planning Manager, you will be responsible for assigned demand, replenishment and inventory management activities associated with manufactured and purchased finished goods. You will create and maintain a demand plan and forecast models for your products, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from Sales, Marketing, Finance, and other sources.  

This is a hands-on position responsible for developing and executing a demand plan, and replenishing inventory for assigned products/distribution centers that will enable Aspen to meet targeted customer service and finished goods inventory objectives. Quick question for you - click here It will require strong analytical skills and the ability to collaborate with and gather information from multiple stakeholders as you:
  • Develop and publish the monthly demand plan for assigned products/markets.
  • Generate weekly/monthly statistical forecast reports for assigned products/markets for a 12-month rolling forecast while continuously improving forecasting techniques, methods, and approaches.
  • Participate in S&OP meetings with Marketing, Sales, Finance and operational managers, reviewing recommended sales forecasts and inventory goals, and managing inventory targets, including safety stock levels, for assigned products/markets and associated Distribution Centers.  Provide minutes/actions as appropriate.
  • Monitor inventory levels for assigned products/markets, initiate replenishment orders at the appropriate time and quantity to minimize backorders while ensuring inventory and logistics cost targets are achieved. Coordinate with appropriate supplying locations/Logistics to ensure shipments and deliveries are achieved on time.
  • Prepare, report, and communicate forecast and inventory measurements to management (e.g., forecast accuracy, inventory plan vs. targets, excess) for assigned products/markets. 
  • Monitor SKU levels and recommend SKU rationalization and obsolescence initiatives.
  • Maintain demand planning system and software which include entering and modifying data and ensure the correctness of product hierarchy. 
  • Communicate, coordinate and reconcile inventory levels with the Logistics, including 3PL, organization.
  • Communicate, coordinate and reconcile inventory levels with the Distribution, including 3PL, organization.
  • Prepare and maintain relevant reports pertaining to demand planning process.
  • Other duties as assigned.
This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

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Why Join Us
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Make a mark in a new role
While you'll work with other demand planners, you will take ownership of a new business in the European market that is part of our ongoing growth. This is a role where you can demonstrate your talent and abilities while making a strong impact. 

Autonomy and support
We'll look to you to achieve your goals independently and assume ownership of your areas of responsibility. At the same time, your manager truly values proactive communication, will mentor you as needed and provide strong support. Our goal is to set you up for success, including challenging you and helping you develop professionally.

Build a progressive career
We are proactive about supporting professional development. We offer training that helps employees develop both technical and leadership skills, and we're committed to promoting from within whenever possible. There will be opportunities for growth as the company continues to grow.

Award-winning products enhance the quality of people's lives
Backed by over 25 years of R&D, Aspen Medical Products help patients cope with chronic conditions, manage pain, and heal faster (see testimonials in the video on The Role tab). Our innovative approach and strong business model have earned us distinctions. In addition to the workplace excellence awards mentioned above, we have won:
  • Several Spine Technology Awards from Orthopedics This Week.
  • The American Technology Award, in the medical device category, from TechAmerica Foundation.
  • Awards for delivering exceptional service as a vendor, from Hanger/SPS, a leading distributor of orthotic and prosthetic patient care and therapeutic products, services and solutions.
  • And others.
Exemplary culture
You will find a close-knit culture that values mutual respect at Aspen. The numerous "Best Places to Work" awards we've won represent high levels of employee satisfaction (as reported by employees) as well as excellence in benefits, pay, work/life balance and culture.

Competitive benefits package
The health, satisfaction and security of you and your family are important to your well-being and important to us. We offer a competitive salary; medical, dental and vision benefits for you and your family; life insurance; paid vacation; and a 401(k) plan with company match.

Pictured: Just a couple of the many awards we have received.
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Road to Success
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While this is a technical role, it requires someone with a positive, upbeat personality and a team-centric mentality. We understand that there will be a learning curve, and you'll have support, but we'll also look to you to be proactive about getting up to speed as quickly as possible. You'll leverage the full range of your knowledge and experience but also continue to learn and advance your skills as your assignment evolves.

In addition, in order to be an outstanding Demand Planner, you will:
  • Maintain a proactive approach, numbers-oriented mindset and accuracy
  • Take a proactive approach to building collaborative relationships with key contacts
  • Ask questions when needed, but also take initiative and drive your role
  • Work independently but also serve as a strong team member
  • Flex with demands 
  • Bring strong emotional intelligence 
You'll know you're hitting the mark when:
  • Your analyses/demand plan has resulted in optimal inventory levels and no backorders
  • The wider team sees you as a collaborative, cross-functional partner
  • Your analytical skills remain strong and accurate, even as the role evolves and the responsibilities become more complex
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Aspen Medical Products is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.