BASF Demand Planner in Windsor, Ontario

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POSITION DESCRIPTION: This function is responsible for converting demands (forecasts, customer orders, internal orders, etc.) into production schedules which meet the needs of the customer in a cost-effective fashion. Ensures materials and capacities are available to support schedules. Optimizes production & distribution costs and inventory investments within service constraints. Serves as key interface between Marketing/Sales and Manufacturing. The position reports to the Site Logistics Manager.

STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE: Maintain adequate inventory levels for North America with the objective of providing the highest level of customer service at the least total cost.


Master Scheduling/Finite Planning

  • Develops Master Production plans and Finite schedules in support of inventory targets, customer service goals and manufacturing efficiencies for manufactured materials. Uses capacity planning tools to ensure valid schedules.

  • Monitor orders, stock status, and MRP exception messages in SAP to support production ensuring materials are available to implement plan. Reviews and manage all schedule change requests.

  • Identify, negotiate, and bring to resolution any demand/supply imbalances working with Marketing, Sales, Production, and Customer Service.

  • Manage Inventory levels throughout the Supply Chain, consistent with local & SBU goals, for the products the planner purchases/schedules to minimize off-spec inventory generation.

  • Recommends and pursues appropriate disposition of returned, damaged, aged and off-spec inventory.

  • Aid in inventory control, cycle counts, production inventory, recertifications, and product transfers.

  • Develop and maintain scheduling master data in SAP (BOMs, Routings, Work Centers, Lead Times, Safety Stocks, Lot Sizes, etc.) to generate planned orders.

  • Monitor plant adherence to schedules and facilitate actions to improve.

Responsibilities Common to All:

  • Performance Management - establish targets for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) track performance, and take actions to improve.

  • Non-conformance Management (NCM) – contact point for supply chain/logistics related non-conformances in assigned area. Responsible for investigation and settlement.

  • Cross-Functional Teamwork – work with Corporate Logistics, 3PL’s, IT, and other functions within the business to improve supply chain performance.

  • Sales & Operations Planning – actively support the S&OP planning process by organizing relevant data, updating KPI’s and participating in the monthly meetings by representing the supply planning function.

  • Identifies and implements improvements in department Supply Chain Management policies, processes and procedures.


  • Effectively communicate strategy and corporate initiatives to the sales organization.

  • Communicate on a regular basis with Zone Managers, Strategic Accounts Manager, Distribution Manager and Strategic Initiatives Manager to ensure the sales organization is working as a unified team.

  • Communicate on a regular basis with Marketing to provide honest and timely feedback on marketing programs and initiatives.

  • Communicate effectively and timely with HR to work through personnel issues.

  • Work with Marketing Communications Manager to provide information for press releases, marketing communications, customer spotlights, etc.

  • Communicate effectively with the sales organization regarding corporate processes.

  • Pull key performance indicator (“KPI”) data and communicate to stakeholders.

Safety and Quality

  • Promote and provide a safe working environment for all employees.

  • Ensure all employees adhere to proper use of PPE requirements.

  • Ensure all employees adhere to company physical/medical programs.

  • Report all accidents and incidents into the accident reporting database in a timely manner.

  • Practice the documented Quality policies and procedures as outlined in the Quality system.



  • BA/BS degree in Business, Logistics, or related field

  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in Demand Management and Sales Forecasting,

  • & Supply chain management particularly in a multi-channel supply chain environment

  • Strong leadership and change management skills

  • Working knowledge of Supply Chain Management concepts

  • Excellent organizational, communication, collaborative and interpersonal skills

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic self-starter

  • Works independently under general supervision

  • High effective data analysis skills

  • Excellent MS-Excel skills

  • Working knowledge SAP

  • APICS CPIM or CIRM certification or nearing completion of certification

  • Knowledge of querying/database/spreadsheet applications


  • BASF Business Knowledge (General - Office, Notes, Explorer, etc...)

  • Business Applications Knowledge (SAP R3 in Logistics/Supply Chain Functions)

  • Contract Management

  • Data Analysis

  • Distribution Processes

  • Foreign Trade/Import-Export

  • Manufacturing Process Knowledge

  • Process and Organization Structure

  • Product Knowledge

  • Supply Chain Planning & Operations

  • Transportation Management

Job: LOSC - Logistics, Supply Chain & Customer Service

Organization: N-ECN-Coatings Solutions North America

Title: Demand Planner

Location: CAN-ON-Windsor

Requisition ID: 1701107