How to find a job in business forecasting

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If you are looking to find a job in business forecasting, or trying to fill one, there are many online resources available:

Professional Organizations

Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning - Very active searchable list of currently available jobs in forecasting and planning, from entry level to executive. Employers post available positions at no charge.

International Institute of Forecasters - Contact Pam Stroud (pamstroud@forecasters.org) to post on the Job Opportunities page. Listing is free for IIF members, and $75-150 for non-members.

APICS - The Career Center Job Board includes a wide range of operations management jobs, some in forecasting. There are fees for employers to post.

LinkedIn

Many LinkedIn groups have a tab for job postings. Some of particular interest are:

If you happen to be looking for a forecasting job at a major retailer, see below.

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Family Dollar seeking two Forecast Analysts

The Forecast Analyst will support the Family Dollar Merchandising and Supply Chain organizations by integrating statistical baseline forecasts into the business’s strategic and tactical decision-making processes. The primary objective is to leverage Base SAS and SAS Forecast Server/Studio to generate, modify, and enhance forecast models, to drive continuous improvement through analyzing forecast accuracy results, and to present statistical output and recommendations to a non-technical audience.

Key skillsets:

  • Analytical/Quantitative Skills: ability to utilize data to solve a business problem; experience collecting, analyzing, manipulating datasets; regression analysis
  • Technical Forecast Skills: experience utilizing a specific toolset for forecasting or data analysis purposes (i.e. time series forecasting, econometrics; familiar with SAS)
  • Communication/Relationship Management Skills: ability to successfully explain quantitative or statistical results to a wider business audience

Minimum Requirements:

  • Education: B.A. or B.S. degree in Math, Statistics, Economics, or equivalent work experience; time-series demand forecasting or predictive modeling background required
  • Experience: 2-3 years of applicable retail exposure (store and/or corporate) with 1-2 years of supply chain and merchandising experience. Minimum 1 year SAS experience preferred, with 1-2 years of exposure to relational databases.
  • Technical / PC Skills: SAS Programming I and II (preferred), SAS Enterprise Guide (preferred), MS Office (required)

Location: Family Dollar Corporate Office in Charlotte, NC

Contact Information: Rhonda Douglass, Corporate Recruiter, rdouglass@familydollar.com

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Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is a longtime business forecasting practitioner and formerly a Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and is Associate Editor of their practitioner journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Mike is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (Wiley, 2010) and former editor of the free e-book Forecasting with SAS: Special Collection (SAS Press, 2020). He is principal editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions (Wiley, 2015) and Business Forecasting: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley, 2021). In 2017 Mike received the Institute of Business Forecasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 his paper "FVA: A Reality Check on Forecasting Practices" was inducted into the Foresight Hall of Fame. Mike initiated The Business Forecasting Deal blog in 2009 to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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