Supply Planner Americas

Fulltime, -

Pasadena, Texas, United States Apply Now Apply until: Open until further notice

1. Purpose of the job



What is the primary purpose of this job? Describe main objectives.


  1. Deployment of supply planning processes.
  2. Management and maintenance of the supply plan to balance customer demand, production and logistics capacities and raw materials requirements to ensure orders are fulfilled as required for the responsible area.
  3. Determine the stock replenishment strategy and manage the inventory targets for the product line by ensuring effective translation of demand inputs (forecast and sales orders) into an achievable plan for the product lines within EMEIA.
  4. Increasing the efficiency of the supply chain through targeted replenishment parameters and associated KPIs to ensure product is available to meet the sales plan, while minimizing operational costs.




2. Key responsibilities



Describe the responsibilities and accountabilities of the job. Which tasks is the job holder responsible for? What results are to be achieved?


  • Supply Planning Process Deployment:
    • Responsible for setting goals.
    • Responsible for developing training and development plans for supply planners and site schedulers.
  • Supply Plan:
    • Develop mMid and sShort tTerm sSupply pPlan to EMEIA sites using Rough Cut Capacity Planning to validate capabilities.
    • Initiate and execute short- and medium-term supply optimization from given customer demand, plant cost and capacity structure, and communicate to the organization.
    • Develop and provide plants with weekly/monthly supply plan.
    • Evaluate business opportunities with the help of an optimization tool (Arkieva and DSR tool).
    • Develop inventory stocking policies and ensure that they are followed for produced products or trade goods down to SKU level including safety stock levels and order quantities.
    • Monitoring of process order On Time, In Full (OTIF) and CRIT metrics will be required to assess quality of plan.
  • Stakeholder Management:
    • Coordinate the execution of the supply plan with the responsible ISC organization, effectively managing any exceptions with demand forecasts.
    • Work collaboratively with the ISC Organization to ensure key assumptions on anticipated production capabilities are reflected within the forecasts.
    • Actively communicate situation on blocked stock to the ISC organization.
    • Work collaboratively with Demand Manager and Demand Controller to ensure effective demand and supply balancing within the short- and medium-term horizon (IBP and DSR).
  • Inventory Segmentation and Network Optimization Models:
    • Determine the most appropriate inventory replenishment models that balance service, cost, and inventory based on the objectives of the business using Arkieva Inventory Module.
    • Use Arkieva supply module for network optimization within the EMEIA region to determine the most efficient supply plan to fulfill the customer requirements. Provide input to the global BP function for global network optimization.
  • SAP master data:
    • Maintenance of Arkieva master data (plant assignments) relevant for the supply and inventory planning process.
    • Maintenance of SAP master data (replenishment parameters and Planning rates) relevant for the supply and inventory planning process.
  • Business Planning
    • Supports preparation and facilitation of EMEIA Site Supply Management Reviews (SMR’s).
      • Development of RCCP for work centers within EMEIA.
      • Collection and summarization of inventory forecasts and forecast accuracy.
      • Collection and summation of system (customer, in transit and in plant) inventory. 
      • Monthly collection, analysis and distribution of inventory, forecast and accuracy analysis.
      • Provide Site SMR output and escalate relevant issues to Global Product Line SMR.
    • Provide input to the Demand Management Review (SMRDMR) in developing forecasting strategies on existing items, new products, and product phase-outs
  • Improvement Suggestions:
    • Actively drive improvement of planning/scheduling related activities.
    • Manage specific supply planning projects to meet budget requirements, project timelines, goals, business objectives etc.
    • Actively drive to improve planning/scheduling related activities in the plant, such as process change-over reduction, inventory reduction/levelling, reduced scheduling effort, increased production efficiency, labor load levelling, accurate delivery date quotes, and provision of real time information to customer service and the plant.


3. Level of autonomy



What decisions may the job holder make independently without seeking approval from higher manager/supervisor?


The job holder is expected to operate within their delegation of authority, taking into account escalation processes and thresholds for decision making. This includes priority setting in case of constrained situations, and decisions on inventory policies.



4. Job requirements



List the essential educational qualifications, relevant experience and required skills.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business, Mathematics, Engineering, Supply Chain, or related discipline.
  • APICS CPIM or CSCP is preferred.       
  • Solid understanding of supply chain and business processes.
  • Experience with SAP (or equivalent ERP system), Business Warehouse (or equivalent data warehouse) or Arkieva (or equivalent advanced planning software) is preferred.
  • Strong communication skills; able to communicate with all functional levels within the business.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Demonstrable capability to analyze data (including mass cross-reference data validation, trending and forecasting).
  • Ability to prioritize and proactively complete projects with little direction.
  • Process driven attitude and results orientated.
  • Very good English communication skills.
  • Highly proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Access; SharePoint).



5. Position in the organization


Insert the organization chart which includes the manager of the position, the position itself, direct peers as well as direct reports (if any).





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