Demand Planning Lead

Date: May 24, 2024

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 23148 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

Grace is seeking a Demand Planning Lead to join our Refining Technologies team. As a Demand Planning Lead, you will report to the Director, Business Analytics, Refining Technologies (RT). This position is located at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD and offers a hybrid work schedule (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the office; Tuesday and Friday from home).


The Demand Planning Lead performs a critical role in our cross-functional, integrated planning and decision-making process – proactively managing, coordinating, and communicating forward-looking demand projections to ensure superior service to customers and predictability of business performance. This role requires a unique and demonstrated capability to lead cross-functional engagement in market and customer intelligence gathering as a complement to underlying statistical and predictive analysis of market and business patterns.


You will be responsible for continued development and enhancement for Demand Planning while leading the consolidation and development of a rolling monthly volume demand forecast with a minimum 18 month effective horizon at appropriate planning levels aligned with cross-functional decision-making process (product family, SKU, aggregate, etc.).


  • Contributes transformational thought leadership and drives adoption of the Demand Planning system.
  • Develops and manages key business policies / processes to guide behaviors in support of effective Demand Planning capabilities.
  • Interacts with key stakeholders in Business Management, Supply Planning, Sales, Marketing, and Finance to maintain alignment on the demand outlook, gaining insights on customer dynamics, strategic growth strategies, demand drivers, global market conditions, and business plans.
  • Drives the use of predictive modeling / statistical forecasting where possible.
  • Prepare effective Demand Review briefing materials to inform Leadership of the latest operational demand outlook and identify key opportunities for Leadership influence to effect outcomes.
  • Defines and tracks demand forecast accuracy, bias, and other relevant metrics to drive continuous improvement of predictability.
  • Leads and facilitates Demand Reviews with active involvement of key stakeholders and measured process adherence to ensure effectiveness.
  • Publishes the Consensus Demand Plan (CDP) in a timely manner, including documented assumptions, risk, and opportunities.
  • Works with Supply Planning and Product Managers to account for constrained supply conditions as needed.
  • Proactively engages cross-functional resources to manage off-cycle updates during the development of a monthly Demand, Supply, and Integrated Consensus Demand Plan with clear delineation of materiality threshold across the portfolio.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in a technical or business field.
  • 5+ years of relevant Demand Planning experience with Marketing or Commercial exposure.
  • Strong analytical skills with an ability to assimilate multiple inputs into a cohesive output that is easily explained and defended.
  • Excellent communication skills, including inter-cultural understanding.
  • Ability to make independent decisions with strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organized, attention to detail, and ability to manage competing complex priorities.
  • Strong Initiative skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA



  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Plans 
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Company Donation Match Program
  • U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (

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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore