Consultant - Demand Analytics, Pet

General Mills

General Mills

Data Science
powai, mumbai, maharashtra, india
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Job Description

India is among the top ten priority markets for General Mills, and hosts our Global Shared Services Centre. This is the Global Shared Services arm of General Mills Inc., which supports its operations worldwide. With over 1,300 employees in Mumbai, the center has capabilities in the areas of Supply Chain, Finance, HR, Digital and Technology, Sales Capabilities, Consumer Insights, ITQ (R&D & Quality), and Enterprise Business Services. Learning and capacity-building is a key ingredient of our success.

Job Overview:

The main goal of this role is to aid the Pet Demand planning department in optimizing and standardizing processes by proposing technical solutions and implementing them. This will ultimately improve the overall forecasting approach and enhance accuracy. To achieve this, the position involves identifying and seizing opportunities that support demand planning efforts by implementing industry-leading and standardized practices. Key responsibilities include collaborating with Pet Demand leadership teams to develop and standardize governance around current processes and closely working with the o9 project team to implement and stabilize industry-leading capabilities in Pet. Furthermore, the role entails assessing the impact on business KPIs. This position requires close collaboration with Pet planning teams, regional COEs, hub leadership, and IPT.


Job Responsibilities:


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Strategic Responsibilities:

·       Provide technical leadership for enhancing models and existing processes within o9

·       Keep tab on innovation happening across and outside General Mills in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Demand forecasting, segmentation and evaluate use cases for implementation.

·       Provide innovative solutions and help implement it to bring improvement to the overall forecasting approach resulting in improved accuracy.

·       Responsible for breakthrough capabilities in the Demand Analytics area to achieve HMM in the form of $ or hours for General Mills Supply Chain

·       Stakeholder engagement and solution adoption with storytelling through powerful visualization binding numbers with reasoning and insights

·       Multivariate modeling incorporating external factors related to distribution, pricing, trade and merchandizing, weather events, macroeconomic factors etc. into forecasting using o9.

·       Fully identifying and utilizing o9 system capabilities in the space of Demand planning.

·        Effectively review and deploy results to stakeholders using predictive, prescriptive analytics and data visualization using o9 or build custom-built tools

·       Leading Literature review and research on the latest methodologies and algorithmic innovations

·       End-to-end ownership of predictive analytics and recommender systems development, including EDA, Data mining, feature engineering and modeling framework.

·       Collaborate with the o9 team, architects, engineers and other business teams for solution development

·       Lead innovation for New Items using like item modeling approach and explore long-term forecasting capability.

·       Utilise o9 for segmented demand planning, Cluster & Classify data using different unsupervised machine learning methods.

·       Drive o9 Enhancements and overall SDA DP process continuous improvement initiatives

·       Provide KPI recovery and improvement initiatives for SDA team


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Stakeholder/Project Management Responsibilities – Lead, Plan, and Communicate

·       Lead the business meetings to understand the business requirements and chartering the project.

·       Prepare the project proposals, identify the opportunities, and provide solution options, trade-offs, risks, and success criteria

·       Prepare the project plan, effort estimation, gain alignment on the resources and execute.

·       Deliver the project per the timelines, with the highest quality and in budgeted resources.

·       Maintain and develop relationships with key partners across Pet planning community, IPT and regional COE’s to encourage best practice sharing and cross functional collaboration.


Manage the proactive communication throughout the project to the project teams, stakeholders/sponsors/leadership.


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Training / Knowledge

·       Mentor & train team members on data mining, diagnostics, predictive analytics, 09

·       Participate in hiring drives

·       Process standardization and documentation

·       Working on Individual development plans



Minimum Degree Requirements:   

Bachelors (Full Time)

Preferred Degree Requirements:   


Preferred Major Area of Study:

Operations / Supply Chain

Required Professional Certifications:


Preferred Professional Certifications:




Minimum years of related experience required:

5 years

Preferred years of related experience:

6 -8 years

4+ years overall supply chain experience


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Technical requirements

  • Strong understanding of Demand Planning and supply planning processes
  • Preferred hands-on working experience in o9, JDA, APO, Garvis, OMP, or the likes
  • Proficient with machine learning algorithms (Supervised/Unsupervised)
  • Understanding of R and PYTHON Programming
  • Data visualization using Excel, Tableau
  • Handling large data sets in various formats, volumes and dimensions
  • Advanced statistics and probability
  • Knowledge of end-to-end supply chain planning processes and future direction.
  • Deep business knowledge and industry experience.
  • Executive presence - Ability to interact with senior leaders and present and challenge new ideas.
  • Strong conceptual and creative problem-solving skills, ability to work with considerable ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and recommend innovative/visionary ideas for organizational growth.
  • Ability to build strong, collaborative working relationships with broad cross-section of business partners across the globe.
  • Experience in management of collaboration, issue resolution, and performance improvement. Experience in solving integrated supply chain and business issues through partnering with cross-functional collaboration.
  • Experience in working with cross-functional leaders in a matrix organization – Global exposure preferred


Competencies/Behaviors required for job:

  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Ability to influence across teams/boundaries.
  • Good written/oral communication
  • Good Learning Agility
  • An expansive perspective
  • Integrity and team player




We exist to make food the world loves. But we do more than that. Our company is a place that prioritizes being a force for good, a place to expand learning, explore new perspectives and reimagine new possibilities, every day. We look for people who want to bring their best — bold thinkers with big hearts who challenge one other and grow together. Because becoming the undisputed leader in food means surrounding ourselves with people who are hungry for what’s next.