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)
Manufacturing Process Knowledge
Process and Organization Structure
Supply Chain Planning & Operations
Job: LOSC - Logistics, Supply Chain & Customer Service
Organization: N-ECN-Coatings Solutions North America
Title: Demand Planner
Requisition ID: 1701107