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Associate Director - Therapeutic Area Demand Planning Lead

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
Jun 11, 2024

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At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Organization Overview: 

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

Organizational focus on the Supply Chain needs for assigned Business Unit for Global Demand and US market supply and leading the interface with commercial organization for demand planning, lifecycle planning, and customer services for domestic operations; Oversee global product implications in collaboration with international business unit (IBU) and global supply chain (GSC) leaders.

Role Overview:

Therapeutic Area Demand Planning Leads are to be responsible for coordinating with commercial team to manage demand forecast, and strategically planning for new product launches, ensuring efficient and seamless integrated business planning by collaborating with supply planning stakeholders.



  • Manage Demand Forecasting
    • Align and adjust the baseline therapeutic area demand forecast by working with commercial teams on the latest market insights for the respective therapeutic area
    • Identify forecast drivers and signals to improve the overall accuracy for new and existing products for the therapeutic area based on historical data, market trends, and input from relevant stakeholders
    • Collaborate with commercial teams to align on allocation rules and customer/order prioritization in the event of constrained supply
    • Responsible for driving segmentation-based approach to manage demand forecasting process for SKUs within the therapy portfolio
    • Identify demand shaping actions at the region/market level to improve overall forecast and close gaps against the latest estimate targets
    • Ensure seamless process execution by incorporating demand sensing including ad hoc requests for demand fulfillment
    • Establish exception management processes to troubleshoot therapeutic area specific demand planning related issues & escalations

  • Facilitate Launch Planning
    • Develop and oversee the forecast of new product launch all the way to commercial stage
    • Manage and identify ways to improve forecast accuracy for all products
    • Drive flavor management for the therapeutic area and provide insights for decision making based on demand forecast accuracy

  • Support Integrated Business Planning
    • Provide inputs to Integrated Business Planning and Global Supply Planning on potential risks and opportunities related to all products and markets within the therapy group

  • Analytics and Reporting
    • Establish & monitor KPIs for therapeutic area demand planning processes
    • Conduct post-launch analysis to evaluate the accuracy of demand forecasts and the effectiveness of demand planning

Basic Requirements: 

1. Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 5+ years of experience in business, supply chain management, or a related field.

2. Minimum 5+ years of experience in demand planning, preferably in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry.

3. Experience with selecting and implementing planning technology solution

4. Experience with developing & implementing demand planning framework & strategy, processes, performance metrics, modeling, forecasting, analysis, and simulation.​

5. Leadership experience

Additional Skills/Preferences:

1. Advanced degree or certification in supply chain management

2. Strong analytical skills with proficiency in data analysis and forecasting tools 3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively across functions

4. Detail-oriented with a focus on accuracy and precision

5. Six sigma green / black belt with relevant experience

6. Commercial and financial awareness with Project management skills (PMP Certified preferred)

7. Familiarity with regulatory requirements and compliance in the pharmaceutical industry

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.



Science has been our calling from the beginning. Colonel Eli Lilly founded the company in 1876 and charged employees to “take what you find here and make it better and better.” More than 147 years later, we remain committed to his vision through every aspect of our business and the people we serve, starting with discovering the best treatments for those who take our medicines and extending to health care professionals, employees and the communities in which we live. Moreover, you can also count on the team at Lilly to be incredibly civic-minded, supporting our communities through philanthropy, volunteerism, and a creative and innovative can-do spirit. 

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