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Title:  Supply Planning Manager


Bedford Park, IL, US, 60501

Company:  Univar USA
Requisition ID:  9424

It starts with great chemistry.

Univar is more than a distribution company – we’re a leading, global partner dedicated to improving quality of life for our customers through the products, expertise, and relationships that serve the world’s most essential industries. Founded in 1924, with global headquarters in Downers Grove, IL, Univar generated $8+ billion in sales in 2016 – securing the #1 market position in North America and the #2 market position in Europe.

Creating great chemistry is not just about the innovative products and services we safely deliver to customers around the world. It also takes people – people like you – and today, our worldwide team of more than 8,000 employees is helping build a company where the best people want to work. If you’re looking for an experience where your actions will make a positive difference every day, you’ve come to the right place.

Primary Purpose:
The Planning Manager is a highly visible supply chain role that is responsible for overseeing and optimizing the balance of inventory across the supply chain network in line with inventory turnover and customer satisfaction goals.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Drive optimization of MRP (UVX/SAP settings for inventory planning)
• Holds team accountable for effectively utilizing the business system, driving key regional, departmental and individual metrics, and performance objectives
• Reviews current stocking strategies in conjunction with national goals to determine replenishment plan, master data, and target service levels
• Determine correct sizing inventories while maintaining the target service levels to Hub, Spoke, & customer locations
• Create and implement standardized materials management processes to address surplus, distressed, aged, and excess stock
• Coordinate new product introduction in supply chain by setting desired business system planning/demand parameters and initial stocking quantities
• Assist in development and implementation of key performance metrics for materials organization
• Support SIOP with supply and consensus demand planning processes with data and analysis
• Utilizes & maintains consensus planning tools (SAP APO) to drive results 
• Incorporates modeling, situation analysis, problem diagnosis, & operations analysis to support business decision making with financial analysis
• Initiate/Participate in self-development and training of others
• Develops associates through interviews, selection, coaching, mentoring, performance management, talent management & succession planning
• Coordinates and reviews applications for new products and blends; submits completed documentation to Product Information Group for final approval and data entry
• Leads continuous improvement and safety culture throughout organization
• Abide by company policies and procedures at appropriate levels
• Other duties as requested
Specialized Knowledge/Skills:
• Proven leadership with Inventory Planning, Demand Planning or Inventory Control preferred
• Knowledge of integrated planning software & various ERP systems is preferred (SAP/Manu)
• Strong Excel skills required; development of analytical models in Excel 
• Demonstrated ability to lead without authority
• Strong customer orientation, and sense of ownership
• Strong analytical skills, detailed oriented, excellent communication and team building skills 
• Ability to deal with complexity and manage ambiguity
• Demonstrated project management skills
• Collaborative skills in resolving excess or shortage inventory situations
• Bachelors degree in Business, Supply Chain, Operations, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering required  
• Minimum 5 years Supply Chain experience
• Six Sigma Black Belt / APICS certification preferred
• SAP APO preferred 

Univar is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification. 

We offer comprehensive benefits to employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k, generous vacation and sick leave and much more.

Univar encourages qualified Bedford Park residents to apply for employment.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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