Sunovion, Senior Director - Forecasting & Competitive Intelligence

Summary of Responsibilities

This highly visible role provides leadership and vision for achieving strategic and operational goals related to Budgets and Forecasting; demand planning; channel level sales planning, and inventory management through delivery of robust, analytically informed and accurate forecasts. The individual must ensure that a 360 degree analytics approach is utilized for each forecast update through effective partnering with Commercial Analytics & Data Innovation, Brand Strategy & Customer Marketing, Sales & Market Access, WW Commercialization and Finance. The individual must possess intellectual curiosity and strong analytical thinking skills; ability to think clearly; analyze quantitatively, and problem-solve. Provides independent assessments of risks and opportunities relative to the forecast and drives a culture of data driven decisions. Plays key role in the assessment of financial impact of business decisions. 

Oversees Sunovion Competitive Intelligence activities and ensures the organization is well informed on environmental and competitive activities that may impact current and future business. Produces easily understood standard and ad hoc reports on environmental and competitive events that may impact Sunovion brands and business.

Essential Functions Required for Job:

  • Deliver robust, analytically informed and accurate forecasts
  • Facilitation and delivery of the forecast within timelines according to deliverables (i.e. weekly and monthly performance monitoring, quarterly forecast; annual budget cycle; mid-term business cycle etc.)
  • Partner with marketing, commercial analytics, finance, managed markets to align key assumptions, sensitivities, risks and opportunities including scenario driven analysis as appropriate.  Primary interface between all key stakeholders
  • Monitor environmental and competitive activity and provide standard and ad hoc reports on events that may impact Sunovion
  • Oversee the forecasting/CI team who has responsibility for data accuracy, system performance, and security/controls
  • Provides independent assessments of risks and opportunities relative to the forecast
  • Plays key role in the assessment of financial impact of business decisions. Partners to understand issues and potential impacts

Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA preferred
  • 10-15 years’ experience demonstrating rapid career progression in analytical roles preferably in Forecasting, Competitive Intelligence and Market Research
  • Superb financial modeling skills
  • Experience leading people, with a track record for developing a high performing team
  • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills in a team setting, especially in situations where team members are not direct reports
  • Experience creating and coordinating planning and management reporting across an organization and preparing summaries for executive leadership

Other Requirements

  •  Leadership and communication: Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with management and cross functional business partners
  • Establish collaborative relationships. Able to listen and interpret requirements of internal stakeholders, and verify for accuracy
  • Business Acumen: Must be able to think and act both strategically and tactically; an intelligent decision maker with sound business judgment and financial acumen
  • External Focus: Must be able to understand external environment and potential impacts on Sunovion
  • Analytical: An intellectual curiosity and strong analytical thinking skills; ability to think clearly; analyze quantitatively, and problem-solve. Provide valuable insight and analysis by using data to help make better financial decision
  • Resourcefulness: The ability to find solutions and deliver results within tight deadlines; adept at working under pressure
  • People Management: A successful history of leading and developing people

Confidential Data

All information (written, verbal, electronic, etc.) that an employee encounters while working at Sunovion is considered confidential. 

Compliance

Achieve and maintain compliance with all applicable regulatory, legal and operational rules and procedures by ensuring that all plans and activities for and on behalf of Sunovion are carried out with the best industry practices and the highest ethical standards.

Mental/Physical Requirements

Fast-paced environment requires handling multiple demands. Must be able to exercise appropriate judgment, as necessary. Requires a high level of initiative and independence. Excellent written and oral communication skills required.  Requires ability to use a personal computer for extended periods of time.