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Senior Supply Chain Planner

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Scope Recruitment 26/04/2018
Position: Location: Sector:
Senior Supply Chain Planner
Akron, Huntsville 3001 9th Ave SW Alabama 35805
0000-03-01 Industrial Manufacturing


The Sr. Supply Chain Planner is responsible for planning/purchasing/distribution of finished goods inventory and component materials in accordance with company strategy and market requirements.  The Planner will work as a key member of a Supply Chain Team with the overall goal of being a value-added business unit within Trelleborg Wheel Systems.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Planning, preparing, and executing Purchase Orders and Distribution Orders or inventory purchased/transferred from multiple internal & external suppliers

  • Manage inventory levels at the item level across the distribution centers within the United States, Canada and Mexico while maintaining effective communication with internal and external suppliers in multiple countries/regions

  • Proactively work cross-functionally with the Central Planning, Marketing, Sales & Customer Service Business Units on forecasting market trends, customer requirements, and phase-in/phase-out projects

  • Manage inventory in line with Fiscal Budget and Latest Estimate Forecasts

  • Analysis of business trends, change in customer-level demand, and market/product segment targets will drive replenishment planning for the North American Distribution Network

  • Participate in the S&OP Process with Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Operations & R&D teams on business trends & change in demand process. Work cross-functionally to understand market demands, customer requirements and production constraints

  • In conjunction with Central Planning Team, analyze the monthly analysis of Sales Forecast vs. Actual results at the segment/item level to the Central Planning Department Demand Planner & US Planning Manager, with proposals for target adjustments

  • Understand the cost structure of Trelleborg’s extensive product lines, and analyze current costs with the goal of identifying cost saving opportunities

  • Perform long-range replenishment plans based on seasonality requirements, planning parameters, and production constraints of sourcing suppliers

  • Utilize Planning models in ERP system and MS Excel

  • Manage Planning Parameters in ERP system, including: safety stock levels, forecasts and supply lead-time

  • Manage Pricing Parameters in ERP system, including: Price Agreements, working with Finance on the rolling of costs and analysis of PPV issues.

  • Analyze and communicate with Warehouses, Finance & Suppliers of inventory or invoice discrepancies in a timely manner, development of warehouse container delivery reports & maintain updates of pipeline within the ERP System.

  • Execute & Communicate Purchase Orders with vendors

  • Working in conjunction with Transportation Department, obtain expedited freight quotes/following air freight policy approval process.  Follow & distribute Shipping Instructions to meet Freight model targets.

  • Communicate with suppliers to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule

  • Monitor and improve supplier performance metrics including quality, lead time, price and on time delivery

  • Analyze market requirements, production forecasts and delivery constraints to determine present and future material availability

  • Analyze financial impact of forecasts and material plans and advise/communicate of threats to overall company targets or budgets

  • Alert organization to supply issues such as constraints, excess inventory, shortages, or quality concerns

  • Identify strategies and present proposals aimed at reducing excess inventories, increasing product quality, and decreasing costs

Education and/or Experience                                               

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Business Management or Supply Chain Management and 3-5 years of Supply Chain Planning experience; or 5 years of experience in an operational role with responsibilities in planning, budgeting, or forecasting.  

  • Candidate must be willing to seek additional training as needed

Language Skills                                           

  • Bilingual – English / Spanish

Skills Required                                      

  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Power Point and Word

  • Strong analytical skills & reporting

  • Experience in MRP and or DRP required

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Ability to multi-task - required

  • Team player with problem solving skills

  • Excellent negotiation skills

  • Planning experience in a manufacturing environment is preferred

  • Experience using Infor M3 - preferred

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