• EN - Demand Planner

    Location IN-Ankleshwar Gujarat
    Supply Chain Management
  • Overview

    Before we introduce you to an opportunity at Gujarat Guardian Limited (ModiGuard), we wanted to introduce you to Koch Industries, Guardian Industries and then Gujarat Guardian.

    Koch Industries, Inc. is an American multinational corporation based in Wichita, Kansas, United States, with subsidiaries involved in manufacturing, trading, and investments. It was founded as Wood River Oil and Refining Company in 1940, and later as Rock Island Oil & Refining Company. Koch also owns Invista, Georgia-Pacific, Molex, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline, Koch Fertilizer, Koch Minerals, Matador Cattle Company and recently Guardian Industries. Koch companies are involved in industries such as the manufacturing, refining, and distribution of petroleum, chemicals, energy, fibre, intermediates and polymers, minerals, fertilizers, pulp and paper, chemical technology equipment, ranching, finance, commodities trading, and other ventures and investments. (


    Guardian Industries is a privately held industrial manufacturer of glass, automotive and building products based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The company manufactures float glass, fabricated glass products, fiberglass insulation and building materials for commercial, residential and automotive applications. The company employs more than 18,000 people and has present activities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East. (


    In India, Guardian has a presence under the banner of Gujarat Guardian Limited, which is a joint venture company between Guardian Industries & Modi Rubber, a renowned business house in India, since 1993. The company has a strong emphasis on the pursuit of growth and excellence of its people, product and services. As an industry leader, Gujarat Guardian Limited has a strong network of dealers and authorized retailers and the MODIGUARD® name enjoys strong brand image. The company strives to maintain its focus by extending exceptional customer service. We are India’s first Float Glass manufacturers and are also market leaders in mirrors in India. (



    This position will be based at the Ankaleshwar Plant, Gujarat, and is a key position reporting directly to the Supply Chain organization.  The Demand Planner will lead the demand forecasting process in India 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. 



    • 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;
    • Minimum of 8 years of experience in Supply Chain / Operations with 3-5 years of demand planning experience.
    • 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
    • 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: 



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