• Demand Manager

    Job Division Guardian Glass
    REF. 2017-1443
    US-MI-Auburn Hills
    Supply Chain Management
  • Overview

    Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products. At its 25 float plants around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for use in exterior (both commercial and residential) and interior architectural applications, as well as transportation and technical products. Guardian glass can be found in homes, offices, cars and some of the world’s most iconic architectural landmarks. The Guardian Glass Science & Technology Center continuously works to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology to help customers see what’s possible™. Visit for more information.





    Guardian Glass is currently seeking an individual to fill the new position of Demand Manager. This position will be based at the North American Division headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and is a key position reporting directly to the Supply Chain organization.  The Demand Manager will lead the regional demand forecasting process in the US and be responsible to partner with Sales and Finance to align this forecast with market and business expectations. The ideal candidate must be able to collaborate with key stakeholders to continuously improve the forecast signal used as a key input to inventory, operational and financial planning activities.  We hire individuals who are highly self-motivated and energetic, ambitious and career-oriented, flexible, quietly confident and competitive through teams and able to lead through influence.    



    • Partner with Sales & Marketing to develop a validated, unconstrained forecast over the planning horizon
    • Ensure alignment of validated demand volumes with financial plans to meet business expectations.
    • Manage quantitative forecast elements by analyzing product demand patterns, trends, and seasonality to select the optimal statistical models and parameters.
    • Manage qualitative forecast elements by driving cross-functional collaboration to obtain relevant data and insights on demand.
    • Contribute to new product planning initial forecast estimates; monitor the market response.
    • Manage discontinued items; partner cross functionally to ensure a smooth, cost effective, phase-out.
    • Monitor performance indicators and perform post period analysis to determine and communicate key drivers of error and opportunities for improvement.
    • Lead demand planning consensus efforts; confer with management on forecasting assumptions, analysis, and decisions.
    • Prepare and maintain relevant reports pertaining to demand planning process. Provide data and decision support analyses to key stakeholders.
    • Work with peers and cross functional resources to develop and implement solutions to drive continuous improvement and improve business decisions related to demand planning.
    • Provide demand related input to supply counterparts to assist with decisions on strategies deployed, inventory levels, and stocking considerations.
    • Participate as the demand expert for cross functional company initiatives.





    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Supply Chain or Operations Management focus preferred; other majors will be considered.
    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Supply Chain / Operations with 2-3 years of demand planning and / or reporting analyst experience preferred.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in forecasting methods with an understanding of the financial and operational impacts.
    • Ability to effectively break down complex data (quantitative and qualitative) into manageable pieces to be used in the forecasting process.
    • Ability to work and influence effectively cross functionally and across multiple levels of management.
    • Possess the business acumen and interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships across departments.
    • Ability to propose new ideas and approaches and bring creative ideas to fruition.
    • Conflict management.
    • Demonstrated project management skills
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with proven ability to communicate to people at all levels
    • Eligible to work in the United States
    • Willingness to travel as needed; typically, 5-15% of the time (primarily within the Region)
    • APICS CPIM certification preferred




    What do we have to offer?

    Guardian companies are committed to offer a competitive compensation package and an opportunity for you to maximize your potential. We pride ourselves in promoting career opportunities in an open environment, which encourages individual development and gives you opportunities to expand your knowledge and work as part of a global team. We offer a unique professional experience in a culture based on integrity, compliance and value creation. If you are interested in finding out more about our culture, please visit us on our website:




    Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, employs around 17,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian’s diverse group of companies are involved in the manufacture of high-performance float, coated and fabricated glass products; the manufacture of high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries; and the distribution of specialty building products. Guardian’s vision is to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit for more information.




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