Category Demand and Forecast Planner

Date: 18-Nov-2021

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, GB, NE12 8BU

Company: Greggs Plc

Vacancy Details

We have an exciting opportunity for someone as a Category Demand and Forecast Planner based at our Head Office in Newcastle Upon Tyne on a Permanent basis, hybrid working is currently in place.

The main focus of the role is to support in the production of a weekly and daily sales forecast by article by shop for an agreed time horizon.

Forecast will be used to drive shop inventory replenishment and support the business in understanding its short and long term sales expectations in line with the category activity plan.


£25,000 - £30,000 depending on experience

Work Pattern

40 hours per week, working mainly Monday to Friday with occasional support on the weekend

What you'll do

  • Reviewing historical sales trends to prepare forecast data
  • Developing statistical models to evaluating forecast results and optimise product launch and delists
  • Taking full responsibility for creating a shop forecast for individual products within a certain category of products to maximise sales whilst controlling waste and stales
  • Ensuring retail forecasting system are maintained appropriately to consistently improve forecast accuracy and thus support a robust shop order
  • Providing shop Demand forecast of replenished products to maximise shelf life and availability
  • Communicating effectively with Category, Retail and Supply Chain teams to ensure that forecast processes are adhered to and understood
  • Providing data, analysis and direction on ranging decisions that can be implemented in collaboration with the Category teams
  • Interacting with Category, Marketing, F&R and Finance to understand Category sales forecast drivers.
  • Using and SAP software as the primary forecasting system tool.

About you


  • Highly numerate with an ability to manage and analyse complex data to solve problems
  • Fully conversant with all MS Office packages, especially Excel
  • An ability to diagnose and implement practical process/system improvements
  • An effective communicator with an ability to work cross-functionally
  • A self-starter with a desire to get things done and to drive continuous improvement
  • An ability to work at pace and manage multiple deadlines within challenging timescales


  • A good understanding of a commercial business environment, especially sales, marketing, finance, retail and operations
  • Fresh food experience an advantage
  • At least 2 years forecasting experience in FMCG environment
  • Sales forecasting or Demand planning experience
  • Graduate with business or maths related discipline


As well as working with a great team we have the following fantastic benefits to offer the right candidate.

  • Our Greggs Employee Discount Scheme is very generous, offering you up to 50% off our food
  • You will be invited to participate in our Management Bonus Scheme which is worth up to 10% of your salary, subject to the Company meeting certain performance criteria
  • Your holiday entitlement starts at 25 days (pro-rated for part time), in addition to Bank Holidays, which increases with service
  • After 6 months service you may be eligible for our profit share scheme
  • You will automatically join our Greggs pension scheme which is a fantastic way to save for your retirement and allows you to benefit from employer contributions and tax advantages
  • If you elect to join the Management Pension Scheme, then you will receive free life assurance.  This is a death in service benefit which provides a lump-sum payment equal to 4 times your annual salary
  • Private Medical Insurance which is free to you and subsidised for your dependants
  • Permanent Health Insurance which is a replacement income scheme should you be unable to work

Your Application

During the application process we’ll keep in touch every step of the way, we know how big a decision it is for you to apply for a job.

Once you do we’ll work hard to keep you up to speed on how your application is progressing, with your help we can make your application as quick and as smooth as possible.

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