All businesses aspire for business continuity. This is possible if the company continually adapts to the ever-changing demands of the consumers. To anticipate the future demands of the consumers, many companies now employ the system of demand forecasting. Demand forecasting can help with making crucial business decisions.
Demand forecasting is just a theory if the companies do not use the data to their advantage. It should be used accordingly. This is where demand planning comes in. After gathering the information and data, demand planners are needed. Becoming a demand planner is not easy but it is possible with the necessary experience and skills.
Here’s a guide to becoming a demand planner:
Consider an entry-level supply chain related role
The path to becoming a demand planner varies depending on your experience and skills. Demand planners come in different age and educational backgrounds. If you are aiming for large companies, it will be difficult to determine what positions to apply and the attributes that they need. With this, it is better to consider an entry-level supply chain related role. Securing an entry-level supply chain related role is not easy whether you are transitioning to it or a fresh college graduate. You have to be aware that some companies do not directly hire entry-level positions so you need to find out companies that prefer entry-level. To begin your search, consult a staffing agency so you will have an idea which companies offer entry-level demand planner positions.
Be careful in the jobs you apply for
You have to be careful in the positions that you apply for. Remember that applying for any open position can seem like you are desperate. Do not let the hiring manager think that you do not value the position that you are applying for. If you are not being careful or selective, you might end up filling the first position that is offered to you, which is not as a demand planner. Do not rush because if you are consistent and persistent, the hiring manager will be impressed.
Networking is an important tool
There are some cases that the people you know will recommend you or refer you to a demand planner or supply chain professional. When this happens, it is in your best interest to expand your networking. Networking is important if it is used correctly. It can open new doors for you.
Talk to demand planners
It will be helpful if you talk to other demand planners so you can understand the competencies and you can paint a picture to be ready. Finding the key competencies for the job can help you perform the job. It can help if you have a demand planner mentor. Looking for a mentor is not easy but you have to be persistent. Even if it is just a few meetings every month, their insights and experience can help you in your career. You can even try to shadow your mentor or other demand planners so you will have an idea what their standard day is comprised of. Shadowing is not a waste of time because it can give you general ideas of the tasks needed to be done and the function of demand planners.