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Deployment Planner

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

The primary role of the Network Supply Planner is the creation of an optimized End-to-End (E2E) network supply plan for the medium- or long-term horizon. The E2E network supply plan must ensure continuous and efficient supply of finished goods products to customers, using a minimum amount of inventory to maximize efficiency targets, minimize working capital costs and conserve cash by managing stock levels. The role will also manage key risks and opportunities associated with demand variation as well as capacity and material constraints.

Key responsibilities

  • Utilizes the commercial depletion demand signal, on-hand inventory, and inventory targets with DC replenishment requirements that delivers a comprehensive network supply plan across the entire Dry Blend Network which meet all financial requirements, operational capabilities, and  service objectives for assigned Business Unit.
  • Facilitates exception-based planning to maintain targeted inventory levels, prevent stock-outs and balance financial impacts at Dry Blending sites.
  • The network planner is empowered to make changes to the network supply plan when deemed necessary over the medium or long-term horizon. Changes are to be governed through sales and operations Planning (S&OP) process which this role plays a major part in.
  • Communicates and interacts with demand planners, customer management, network supply planning supervisor, sales, and finance to provide distributor and replenishment plans and exception-based reporting for assigned BU. Makes recommendations on actions needed to meet actual and forecasted demand.
  • Reports Key Performance Indicators for their given Business Unit such as working capital (Distributor and DC Inventory DOH, inventory turns, actual vs target) and Service (OTIF, Out-Of-Stocks), complete with process improvement initiatives and prioritizes tasks and deliverables in a timeline intense environment.
  • Supports the Supply Chain Manager to drive continuous improvement efforts to improve performance on all key metrics, including service targets, Network optimzation, and network inventory levels.

Qualifications and skills

  • B.A./B.S. majoring in Supply Chain, Operations or a business-related field or equivalent working experience.
  • 1-2 years' experience in an end-to-end supply chain role, including experience in S&OP process development and systems.
  • Experience with SAP
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office applications, Excel and PowerPoint a must
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, & problem-solving skills required
  • Must be willing and able to learn and acquire new skills and abilities.

Nearest Major Market: Madison

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