Senior Supply Forecast Manager

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Supply Chain
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0004139
  • Experience Years: 5-10 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

The Senior Supply Forecast Manager is responsible for leading the supply forecasting effort for their respective berry for Driscoll’s. Through their leadership they will lead data analysis, develop forecast process and deliverables, field data and information gathering, infield training, facilitate plan execution, provide critical input to the annual operating plan, and lead the publication of short and mid-term forecasting for their berry. This role serves as the lead point of contact for commercial supply information to the organization. Their work specifically supports Sales, Inventory Planning, Plan Execution, and organization insight for volume expectations. This role is vital in accurately signaling the organization supply expectations, and timely effective communication when deviations are occurring to ensure the opportunity to deliver the highest service possible to our stakeholders. This position is a critical input to the various forecasting horizons and supply planning efforts. This position requires cross-functional working relationships with District Production Teams, Supply Planning, Sales and Operational Planning (S&OP), Sales, Demand Management, and Product Leadership. The development and maintenance of a strong aligned partnership across all these groups and teams is critical for success.


  • Development and leadership of Supply forecasting processes and tools.  Ensures Driscoll’s of the Americas (DOTA) wide Supply forecasting process adherence and accuracy
  • Leads the functional effort in forecasting for respective berry
  • Serves as the subject matter expert in forecasting for respective berry
  • Responsible to provide stakeholders with timely forecast volumes and anticipated supply changes
  • Serves as the organizational lead for annual production activity, rational, and leading production communication
  • A critical participant on the Berry Execution Teams and functional representative of production activity current day and future
  • Responsible for delivering timely rational for deviations
  • Utilizes in-depth understanding of berry production principles to lead cross-functional teams in the development and improvement of forecasting processes and tools
  • Liaison between functional areas and proactively resolves any technical or operational issues that arise with key contacts in a professional manner
  • Responsible for the collection, aggregation, and dissemination of regional forecast information
  • Reviews & analyzes short and mid-range district forecasts daily/weekly & develops strategic solutions to address and manage variability
  • National representative to districts with respect to forecasting and has decision authority to reject and send forecasts back to district for review and re-submittal
  • Leads meetings and other communications with a geographically and functionally diverse group to address supply questions and issues
  • Interacts with districts with respect to berry forecasting.  Reviews district forecast accuracy and provides consultative support/training to regions to improve forecasting accuracy
  • Formulates assumptions and identifying measurable drivers to enhance insights which lead to forecast accuracy
  • Leads the functional effort of respective berry to advance supply forecast and management efforts
  • Keeps current on district & forecasting methodologies with a solid understanding of the industry, and fosters knowledge transfer within and between districts and departments
  • Leads the quarterly reforecast process and can articulate rational behind assumptions
  • Aides in the advancement and identification of new technologies
  • Serves as the annual supply manager, leads and validates supply plan execution
  • Leads GIS mapping effort for respective berry within DOTA.  Ensures all pertinent details are logged and mapped within our GIS platform to enable forecasting and supply management visibility
  • Gathers and evaluates data to develop solutions for production, variety and application performance
  • Support the input and creation of the DOTA supply plan (Quantrix model) with focus on budgeting
  • Co-create, understand and validate the assumptions of the Supply Plan
  • Awareness of the DVS (Dead Variety Society) plant orders and help with any engagement regarding the order and the district
  • Support the DOTA LVS (Live Variety Society) meetings and process that serves to launch new genetics
  • Responsible for providing supply variance analysis
  • National representative to districts

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Business, Mathematics, Operations, Research or related field, or an equivalent combination of skills and experience, is required
  • 5+ years of production planning and/or forecasting experience is required, specifically in an analytical capacity reviewing data and extrapolating information
  • High energy, highly driven, results oriented, innovative, self-starter
  • Berry production or field related work experience is a plus
  • High proficiency with data systems and spreadsheet tools, specifically traditional Microsoft applications such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required. Quantrix, and ability to learn new systems as necessary essential
  • Experience with Visio, Access, Info-Analysis, Tableau, ESRI preferred
  • Experience in SQL, Python, Machine Learning is a plus
  • Strong math, and analytical & reasoning skills required
  • Excellent communication and writing skills required with ability to make verbal and written explanations of forecast data that accurately and concisely represents what is going on
  • Proven experience leading process improvement projects
  • Detail and result-oriented focus a must
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and collaboration, and the ability to maintain strong working relationships as both an individual contributor, leader, and team member 
  • Ability to manage up, down, and across, to influence others, resolve conflict, recognize cultural differences and adopt alternative methods
  • Strategic long-range, mid-range, and short-range thinking as well as the ability to multitask with a sense of urgency in a quick cycle time and fast-paced environment
  • Must be a self-starter, able to work independently and work well across functional teams, with management, and flexible with time as needed
  • Ability to work and communicate independently and contribute to group processes is critical
  • Ability to build strong, productive relationships with all stakeholders based on integrity, trustworthiness and humility
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) strongly preferred
  • Must be skilled working in a Matrix environment. Possess skills and competencies around conflict resolution, empathy, influence, and self-awareness
  • Ability to travel as necessary to key supply regions in the U.S., South America & Mexico
  • A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions are also required
  • California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program are also required

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.