The Supply Planning analyst controls the replenishment buying ($MM) of assigned product lines to support customer orders across multiple distribution centers. Key objectives will be; achieving targeted service levels, maintaining strong inventory turns and managing the supply planning cycle. This position is a key contributor within the Sales & Operations Planning process, identifying risks and communicating to the business. The specialist is required to be technically strong, digitally savvy with the ability to identity opportunities and manage change.
Major Responsibilities / Accountabilities:
Ensure proper inventory levels are maintained through planning & replenishment of assigned product lines—managing, building and utilizing reports, trends, forecasts and judgment
Manage purchase order process flow (among other supply planning related clerical tasks)
Analyze and continually improve planning parameters within planning tool (JD Edwards or similar)
Maintain strong working relationships with key suppliers and cross-functional teams.
Actively manage daily inventory exception reports. Analyze local market needs/risks and recommend actions to maintain expected customer service levels. Communicate and manage out of stocks.
Coordinate and manage special projects (displays/conversions/club packs) with distribution centers to meet order deadlines and maintain appropriate inventory levels.
Support new product introductions. Build/Recommend initial net requirement estimates to deliver on time launches and controlled inventory planning. Lead supply chain operations new product set-up (item creation, label approval, etc.)
Demonstrates initiative to drive and support continuous improvement opportunities
Become Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the company's planning methodology or system
Lead and participate in relevant projects as assigned by / to the Operations Team.
Nature & Scope:
Position typically works with all levels of employees within the organization and is knowledgeable on many aspects of supply chain operations and procedures. Communication will include contacts within and outside the company, specifically with foreign suppliers. Although direct contact with customers (wholesalers/distributors) is not likely, providing accurate, timely information to the proper communication channels is important.
As new tools and reports are deployed, this position will create and facilitate user acceptance testing and drive adoption across the Operations team. You will own processes and the operational execution of performance monitoring routines. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.
Key Competencies and Qualifications:
Undergraduate degree in Business, Logistics or Supply Chain, Finance, Business analytics or related field required.
Requires 2-4 years of previous analytical, supply chain and/or distribution experience
Advanced technical skills in DRP (Distribution Requirement Planning) theory with the ability to enhance current process with minimum guidance is desired.
~2 years’ experience developing plans and reports using planning and/or decision support applications.
Digitally savvy and with strong business acumen, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Experience working cross-functionally in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment
Excellent working knowledge of inventory planning tools (JDE, SAP or similar).
Advanced use of MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
Proficient and expertise using business intelligence applications/tools (Power BI or Oracle based preferred)
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
Great at communication, collaboration and presentation skills
Entrepreneurial personality and project management skills desired
Flexible, organized, team player