Demand Analyst,

United States, Texas, Houston

Business unit: Protective Coatings

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


The Demand Analyst is responsible for providing analytical support to the NAM Marine Coatings Demand Manager and Supply Planning Manager. This includes using formal analytic techniques and system tools to predict and plan future demand for Protective Coatings products in North America.

This role will capture data, analyze and make recommendations at the SKU level and provide target specific performance metrics surrounding inventory turn, service levels and obsolescence.

Important to this position is leading partnerships with cross functional teams such as Marketing and Sales to assist the Marine Demand Manager in setting site/sku level forecasts for the business. This information will be used by Supply for production capacity planning and ensuring a high level of customer service in alignment with Operating Working Capital targets.

The Demand Analyst will monitor forecast accuracy and recommend or make adjustments to the forecasts to ensure the highest level of service with the least amount of working capital.


Essential Functions:
Create supply chain forecast utilizing statistical models, sales projections, POS data, project calendars, and other market intelligence collected from various business sources including distribution centers, stores, and independent dealers and agreeing this forecast with District Managers

Liaison with sales reps, regional sales managers, and sales executives to obtain intelligence and create required forecasts to execute production and fulfill customer orders for time sensitive projects.

Using statistical tools and sales data, calculate and set safety stocks for products at Regional Distribution Centers (RDC’s). Also included in this is providing data for Supply Manager to set the stocking assortment at each RDC

Compile and monitor key performance metrics daily/weekly and ensure it is completed in a timely and accurate manner.

Assist Supply Project Managers with data collection and reporting for key Supply Chain projects.
Participate in on-going efforts of SKU rationalization resulting in inventory reductions to minimize impact on product supply as well as participate in new SKU launch, discontinuation, phase in/phase out, product substitution and obsolescence disposition activities as set forth by Marketing and Brand Management.

Lead, participate and contribute in Health & Safety, Security and Environmental activities (SAFE meetings, BBS observer, HS&E training, Near Miss & AIRI reporting, Housekeeping, 5S, Recycling, Waste Management, etc.)


Secondary Functions:
Responsible for participating in and leading various projects as a subject matter expert and lead advisor for supply chain initiatives and Improvement activities as required.


• Challenge and Creativity: International Paint operations are a complex production and distribution environment that requires significant flexibility and acceptance of change. The position requires a person with high energy, strong character, discipline, and focus. The candidate will have experience with working in other countries and cultures such as USA, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and Central America.

• Interactions Inside and Outside the Company: The position requires constant interactions with all facets of the organization including, but not limited to: purchasing, production, distribution, finance, technical, sales, and marketing.

• Business Environment: The business environment is service oriented towards end users with a developed understanding of the principles of overall business management.

• Working Environment: Position requires a self-starter, and the ability to work through some complex issues and problems with minimal support, while communicating effectively and delivering information in a timely fashion.

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Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Protective Coatings

Job family


Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile


o Four-year college degree with concentration in Finance, Accounting, Economics or other related business discipline.
o Advanced user of Excel Spreadsheets, Pivot Tables, Filters, Charts and Graphing Software.
o Must have the ability to read, analyze and interpret statistical data, sales budgets, and other related business information.
o Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures.
o Ability to organize and present information and respond appropriately to questions from employees, managers and customers.
o Ability to effectively communicate with Regional Sales Managers, Directors of Sales, Regional Inventory Managers, Site Manager and other members of the leadership team.
o Knowledge of Statistical Forecasting Models and software packages.
o Ability to calculate figures such as proportions, percentages, volume, and cost.
o APICS Certification a plus

Employee is expected perform these company success factors:
o Ensure departmental Goals are in alignment with customer values and expectations
o Ensure departmental targets are achieved in a consistent manner
o Constantly look for ways to improve current processes, policies and procedures


The position is an office environment with exposure to warehouse/manufacturing environments.
Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both a pre-employment background check and a drug screening. In some case, pre-employment physicals may also be required.

All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans (M/F/D/V)