Data and demand planning scientist, GHSC-PSM

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 September 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a Data and Demand Planning Scientist for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program- Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project to support the HIV/AIDS Task Order 1, located in Arlington, VA. The Scientist is responsible for structuring and consolidating the demand signals communicated from GHSC-PSM country programs, through advanced data analytics, and then summarize and communicate with both internal PSM stakeholders as well as suppliers and USAID. The Scientist has the unique visibility to both data across dozens of partner countries and the inner-workings of the Global Supply Chain (GSC), resulting in a role of exceptional potential and opportunity. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID will 1) procures and provides health commodities; 2) provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain; and, 3) collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. The project encompasses three primary objectives: global commodity procurement and logistics; systems strengthening to support in-country supply chain management; and collaboration via strategic engagement to improve long-term global supply of health commodities. Responsibilities include:
​Demand Forecasting
  • Generate rolling projection of orders the Global Supply Chain team will be required to fulfill
  • Liaise with Forecasting and Supply Planning (FASP) team to track countries submitting Country Supply Plans and decide when the cyclical planning process may proceed
  • Collaborate with FASP to identify areas of improvement with the timing of processes, specific country issues, or the flow and/or structure of data
  • Combine unstructured datasets by using algorithms to standardize data fields and combine multiple data sources
  • Analyze demand statistics for trends and anomalies that require further root cause understanding
  • Facilitate product planning reviews with stakeholders, presenting forward plans that enable communications with suppliers as well as management of procurement and inventory
  • Participate in supplier meetings to communicate GHSC-PSM forecasts and assumptions
  • Support country forecasting for new and unique products
Strategy Development
  • Develop presentations and attend and lead meetings with USAID
  • Summarize data and communicate with suppliers through collaborative planning processes
  • Provide data analytics to support sourcing strategy and participate in strategy meetings
  • Innovate the GSC demand planning process and the method by which communication is shared with countries and suppliers
  • Develop solutions that meet client needs and respond immediately to urgent challenges
  • Perform other duties as required.
Analytics & Reporting
  • Support analysis and communication of demand data to fulfill client requests and enable collaboration with the global community
  • Lead calculation and analysis for aggregated country supply plan metrics and ensure accuracy of data
  • Respond to regular and ad hoc client data and presentation requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. A Master’s degree in supply chain management, logistics, data analytics, or a related field preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in data management, data collection or big data required
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in HIV treatment and/or lab program and/or HIV supply chain for developing countries preferred
  • Knowledge of Supply Chain Planning, including demand forecasting, inventory strategy, inventory batch management and distribution planning
  • Understanding of transactional order management systems, including inventory management and order processing
  • Experience working in a client-facing role with regular data-sharing and presentation requirements
  • Experience developing work plans, timelines, benchmarks, and problem-solving critical project management issues with a team
  • Ability to analyze and present data in infographics and data visualizations
  • Ability to effectively lead meetings and demonstrated presentation skills
  • Experience working with USAID projects and/or other international organizations working on public health related projects preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team under time pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing
  • Proven analysis and organization skills working in a cross-cultural environment
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications, particularly Excel required, knowledge of Python preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility and integrity
Application Instructions: Apply through our Career Center at by September 30, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.
Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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