Citing online job postings reviewed by talent data firm Wanted Analytics, and a Software Advice blog by Michael Koploy, APICS e-News reports that "Demand planning analysts" are hot -- one of the five hottest careers in logistics. (Free subscription to APICS e-News)
Clearly, APICS means there are a lot of good jobs in this field, not that demand planning analysts are significantly better looking than average. However, considering myself a longtime member of the demand planning analyst profession, I beg to differ with that latter conclusion.
Special JBF Issue on Global S&OP
The Winter 2011-12 issue of Journal of Business Forecasting is dedicated to Global Sales & Operations Planning. From its origins with Dick Ling and the Oliver Wight organization over 30 years ago, interest in S&OP has exploded the last several years, and reached well beyond just manufacturing industries. From JBF editor Chaman Jain's introduction:
There will be several talks on S&OP at next week's IBF conference in Scottsdale, including Craig Faulkner (of W.L. Gore) on how S&OP can support new product launches. I'd also suggest industry analyst and Supply Chain Shaman Lora Cecere's "In Search of Supply Chain Planning & Forecasting Excellence."
Finally, for those who prefer S&M to S&OP, put on your best leather or latex and check out Jonathon Karelse (of Wholesale Tire Distributors) on "Bull Whips and Beer Games: Integrating Demand Signals for Forecasting and Operational Excellence."