S&OP Special Interest Group

Discover new operational paradigms, ideas and best practices pertinent to the successful deployment of your sales and operations planning and practices.

The S&OP Special Interest Group offers a forum for individuals involved in the sales and operations planning process within UWEBC member companies to interact, share opinions and expertise, and leverage each other’s experiences.

Spanning multiple sessions, this SIG will provide attendees to:

  • Participate in a trusted peer-to-peer network of S&OP leaders and specialists.
  • Access to a forum for professional development and learning about S&OP methodology, issues and best practices by a UW-Madison School of Business Professor.
  • Identify opportunities to further enhance their current S&OP methods and structures.
  • Validate strategies, methodologies, technologies and best practices through knowledge exchange with other participants and presenters in the S&OP SIG.

Participation in the S&OP SIG is reserved for vice presidents, directors, managers and practitioners with direct responsibility within the S&OP process of UWEBC member companies. If you would like to learn more about the S&OP SIG, please review the SIG’s charter document and/or contact UWEBC Supply Chain Management Practice Director Wayne Thompson at wayne.thompson@wisc.edu or 608-890-1298.

Read the S&OP SIG charter document»

Next Meeting

S&OP Special Interest Group Meeting 

New Product Forecasting and the S&OP Process 
January 29, 2020 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Discover how member companies are forecasting new product and how it should be handled in the S&OP process. 

New product introductions can be more difficult to forecast than current products due in part to new suppliers and production locations altering lead times and lack of historical sales data on similar products may not be useful. This also presents challenges from an S&OP perspective with launch dates, engineering specifying new components/only source suppliers and potential changes in standard pricing structures that requires the supply chain to handle in a different matter.

In this installment of the S&OP SIG, we will explore the challenges and best practices of member companies when it comes to new product launches. Dr. Enno Siemsen will present on best practices on how to handle new product within the S&OP process.

While this is part of the S&OP series, any company or professional with new product forecasting responsibility will find this meeting useful if they are looking for best practices and benchmarking against other members processes when it comes to new product launches.

Participate in Customizing the Agenda: You’ll have the opportunity to play an active part in shaping the agenda for this session – and to maximize its relevance for you – by suggesting and selecting topics for break-out discussions. Once the agenda is complete, you choose the discussions you want to join. This will be a highly interactive session so come prepared to share your questions, challenges and insights!

Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:45 AM Tying in New Product Introductions into the S&OP Process
  Dr. Enno Siemsen, Professor, Erdman Center for Operations and Technology
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Breakout Discussion 1
11:30 AM Breakout Recap
11:45 AM Lunch
12:45 PM Breakout Discussion 2
1:30 PM Group Discussion and Future S&OP Topics
2:00 PM Adjourn
Pyle Center 
Events Team, 608-262-1145, events@uwebc.wisc.edu 

Steering Committee

Caitlin Acosta
Materials Manager
Kohler Co.

Barb Bossenbroek
Director - IBP & Analytics Strategy
Mercury Marine

Tom Moen
Senior Sourcing Manager
J.J. Keller & Associates

Enno Siemsen
Executive Director of the Erdman Center for Operations & Technology Management

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