Schwan's Company Senior Demand Planner in Bloomington, Minnesota


At Schwan’s Company, we are a fast-paced, innovative team, focused on bringing delicious foods to our customers. If you’re passionate about food and creating a successful future, this is the place for you. Based in Minnesota, Schwan’s is a national, multibillion-dollar company that manufactures and markets quality foods through home-delivery, retail-grocery and food-service channels. Its many popular brands includeRed Baron®, Tony's® and Freschetta® pizza, Mrs. Smith's® and Edwards® desserts, Pagoda® Asian-style snacks and Schwan's® home delivery. To learn more about Schwan's, visit

We are searching for a Senior Demand Planner for our Consumer Brands division. This position is responsible for leading the supply chain planning activities and overall inventory management to ensure customer service goals are achieved for Schwan's and for the integrity of finished goods inventory for all storage facilities. You will create statistical forecasts from sales promotions, marketing projections and historical data. These forecast direct the production and distribution of anticipated demand to the company for Business Planning, Sales and Operations planning, Capacity Planning and Master Production Scheduling.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the development of sales channel and customer level forecasting at multiple levels of DFU (Demand Forecasted Units) for each sales channel.

  • Work with Marketing and Sales to manage the forecast consensus process for internal and external customers

  • Responsible for the development and management of the Demand Planning process for new product launches, product reformulations and discontinued product. This includes: Inventory pre-builds, account or geographic rollout planning, cannibalization of the product line and competition impact on sales forecasts and planning

  • Responsible for oversight of and collaboration with CIP and Plant Production Planning on the development of strategies, policies and objectives to support our customer service levels, inventory levels, lead time objectives and planning time fences

  • Responsible to manage the deployment schedules to ensure supply of product to achieve target fill rates with optimal inventory levels and minimal costs

  • Communicates with Capacity Planning, Customer Service and Manufacturing to limit shortages against customer demand

  • Monitors and manages downgraded and potential obsolete inventory to reduce losses

  • Manages the production control and inventory processes with the Co-pack providers

  • Responsible for inventory accuracies in the 3PL warehouses and works closely with Global Supply Chain inventory control to ensure metrics are achieved

  • Provide training and development support for junior level planners


Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent

Years of Related Experience: 5-10 years related experience


  • Ability to work with math concepts such as probability and statistical inference;

  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical solutions;

  • Must be proficient in enterprise planning software and Microsoft Office, SAP is preferred

  • Demonstrated management and supervisory skills

  • Solid problem solving and analytical skills.

  • The ability to effectively communicate information to a wide variety of audiences

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

The employing subsidiaries of Schwan’s Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.

Business Unit: Schwan's Consumer Brands, Inc.

Req #: 18006123