The Supply Chain team is looking for motivated professionals to facilitate the distribution of our great products to customers and consumers. These personnel can analyze production metrics against market needs in Supply & Demand Planning, focus on product transportation through Logistics, or ensure the shelves of your local grocery store are stocked by Direct Store Delivery.
The Supply Planner is responsible for master production scheduling & the management of finished goods, work in process, excess & obsolete inventory. This position is a key driver in ensuring adequate inventory is available to deploy in fulfillment of customer demand, while minimizing distressed product risks. The role is tasked with maintaining strong partnerships with manufacturing operations & plant schedulers to manage stock levels – as well as, using data insights to establish critical system parameters towards Target & Safety Stock settings. Manages data horizons of 26 – 52 weeks for capacity planning of production/labor resources. The role also balances available stock within the distribution network for operational efficiencies with base & pre-build business situations.
Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:
- From the Consensus Demand Plan, the role creates finished goods needed to support customer orders, forecasted demand & inventory stocking requirements.
- Monitors demand forecasts and inventory levels to identify changes and determines their effect on production plans.
- Collaborates with cross functional partners to ensure inventory is managed according to constraints and targets that are aligned with the business strategy.
- Identifies possible future capacity constraints and bottlenecks & addresses with the proper organizational resources.
- Establishes critical inventory parameters for Target & Safety Stock settings for finished goods, while considering supply lead time, warehouse and transportation constraints.
- Reviews and analyzes line capacity to determine whether alternate sourcing is required.
- Actively interacts with demand management, manufacturing, quality, warehousing & transportation to solve finished goods issues & consumption patterns. Manages the escalation process and develops/monitors contingency planning protocols.
- Measures, analyzes, and reports key process metrics, while monitoring adherence to key performance indicators (KPI) that are assigned to the assigned product categories.
- Identifies possible material shortages against inventory plans and develops action items. Marshal resources to address action items and follow up on all material shortage-related issues.
- Responsible for long-term capacity status, weekly category KPI updates, product shortage reporting & ad-hoc daily information flow amongst supply. planning partners (Demand Planning, Customer Service, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Logistics, Business Management).
- Accountable for Key metrics to include:
- Case Fill Rate %
- Distress to Sales Ratio
- Working Capital/Days On Hand Inventory (DOH)
- Stock Transfer Order Utilization – Weights/Cube
- Pre-build Monitoring – Production & Storage
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
- Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in supply chain management/operations/finance/engineering/mathematics and 3+ years of experience within supply planning, inventory control, logistics management and/or manufacturing production – perishable manufacturing environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
- APICS CPIM or CSCP certification, a plus.
- Work experience in a team based environment within manufacturing or supply chain.
- Experience with SAP and its related supply chain applications.
- Experience with Advance Planning Systems (Logility/JDA/APO/etc.) is required – specifically Logility is a plus.
- Proficiency using PC-base Technology (Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word and Access).
- Strong technical skills around data management, analytics, data processing and problem solving.
- Well organized, with strong attention to details.
- Strong mathematical/statistical abilities.
- Hands on experience with modeling, analysis & simulation tools.
- Proven ability to build working business relationships.
- High level of interpersonal skills & hands on experience working with multiple partners to resolve exceptions and negotiate best alternatives in meeting service level goals.
- Able to provide data to support & explain reasoning for decisions.
- Works well under pressure with limited supervision, and be able to meet deadlines.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to perform in a command-and-control role and manage multiple priorities with competing demands.
- Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
- Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
- 10% travel is required.
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to other new/less experienced Supply Planners.