Dell Advisor: Material Planning in Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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Understands product demand requirements for assigned products to ensure appropriate level of supply. Aligns forecast assumptions with segment forecasters. Translates customer and financial requirements to actionable forecasts for Operations and Procurement. Governs demand consumption rates and provides early warning and mitigation options to supply issues. Maintains Continuity of Supply (COS) for assigned products to maintain standard lead times. Works supply imbalances, both excesses and shortages, with the supply chain to correct as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Establishes demand shaping programs with segments during times of supply imbalances or when required to meet a shift in the regional marketing or financial plans. Manages product/peripheral transition to avoid delivery delay and E&O.


  • Provides segments with the Forecast Assumptions package that must contain the product roadmaps, RTS dates, EOML dates, cost, price, form, feature, and function and market share.

  • Analyzes supply-demand relationship to determine appropriate lead-time.

  • Understands price and lead-time elasticity of products, and incorporates this into lead-time management and forecast.

  • Works with product launch teams to ensure that products are successfully introduced into the marketplace and that products launch with accurate forecast and supply. Understands Bill of Materials (BOM) structure.

  • Understands supply chain design and flexibility. Assesses supply supportability position for commodities and identifies mitigation alternatives for COS issues.

  • Analyzes data and provides recommendations to team and leadership within the function.

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