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Replenishment Planner in Chicago, IL at Lucas Group

Date Posted: 12/8/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

**OPEN FOR CHICAGO, IL AND OMAHA, NE LOCATIONS!**

Job Summary

Positions finished goods inventories to balance fill rates, carrying costs and transportation. Reports and solves problems associated with shelf life and mis-positioning. Updates business and Customer Service of potential issues.

Position Responsibilities

Customer Supplier Relations and Product Delivery

  • Accountable for successful collaboration with Customers and Suppliers to prioritize and deliver products and services that meet or exceed the business needs with attention to simplicity of design and ease of use/interaction.
  • Develop detailed understanding of manufacturing constraints and capabilities of the manufacturing locations being planned.
  • Communicate with production facilities and Omaha Supply Chain team as well as Sales, Marketing, Demand Planning and Customer Service. Keep all affected parties apprised of potential problems or issues impacting the business.
  • Oversee inventory and supply planning responsibilities for assigned plants and/or co-packers.
  • For some locations/plants, responsibilities may also include inventory stock transfer/replenishment responsibilities.
  • Utilize CAG systems to proactively identify and communicate key drivers and proposed solutions to service and inventory issues.
  • Collaborate with DP and deployment to translate S&OP forecasts to SKU-DC level supply plans.
  • Utilize CAG systems to proactively identify and communicate key drivers and proposed solutions to service and inventory issues.
  • Lead Master Data collection & maintenance in support for Supply Planning inventory/production objectives.

Analysis

  • Study, interpret and develop thorough understandings of problems and opportunities.
  • Assess current inventory levels and forecasts to make appropriate business decisions that minimize costs and achieve corporate working capital and service level objectives.
  • Develop detailed understanding of manufacturing constraints and capabilities of the manufacturing locations being planned.
  • Track plant/business performance (KPIs) to the established supply chain plan.
  • Identifies ways to improve supply planning processes and tools for assigned areas.
  • Track and reconcile weekly/monthly metrics versus established targets.
  • Support annual planning process for designated brands/plants.

Change Leadership

  • Presentation of findings that drive understanding, alignment and informed decision making.
  • Provide leadership and direction for business team on matters regarding supply chain, forecasting, production planning and development.
  • Identify ways to improve supply planning processes and tools for assigned areas.
  • Lead by example, in supporting CAG Operating Principles.
  • Support Master Data Creation for New Product Launches.

Design

  • Engineer tactical and strategic solutions that withstand the variability inherent to the business.
  • Analyze long-term production capacity and develop annual capacity planning models showing planned production, projected inventories capacity utilization and available capacity by month.
  • Set-up and maintain SP systems to facilitate efficient inventory management, customer service and operational metrics
  • Participate in process improvement efforts

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Statistics, Mathematics, Supply Chain, Finance or related field
  • Strong analytical and communication skills and technical knowledge
  • 2+ years supply chain, demand planning or operations experience
  • Experience in and/or exposure to S&OP processes and procedures, customer planning and / or supply planning
  • Exposure to Master Data Elements process preferred
  • Experience with supply planning software; knowledge of SAP APO a plus
  • APICS certified (American Production Inventory Certification Society) a plus.
  • Experience in SAP, BW/BI preferred.