Nestle Nutrition Inter-Market Supply Planner in Arlington, Virginia

Gerber Products Company dba Nestle Infant Nutrition is seeking an INTER-MARKET SUPPLY PLANNER to join its Supply Chain team in Arlington, VA.

The Inter-Market Supply Planner (IMSP) is responsible for planning the exports of Nestl Nutrition products to export (Nestl affiliate) markets such as Canada, Caribbean, and other countries in Latin America/Asia/Africa. Weekly planning of supply to maintain inventory between agreed minimum and maximum targets, through close liaison with the Supply Planning Managers and the export countries.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Communication:

Communicate and develop relationship with affiliate partners to effectively manage the planning issues

Communication with Nestl internal departments (Supply Planning, Factories, QA, Export Customer Service, Shipping/Transport, and Distribution Centers)

Facilitate monthly KPI with Affiliates and identify continuous improvements.

Implement and use of continuous improvement principles (LEAN &TPM) to drive results.

Planning:

Validate planning data sent by receiving markets, highlighting and checking significant increases/decreases in demand or in inventory levels

Analyze stock inventory levels at the market distribution centers and identify/schedule production with manufacturing/supply planners based on minimum /maximum stock covers in SAP/APO.

Provide visibility of forecast variability to large markets for immediate attention and action

Collaborate with the markets/supply planners to identify correct stock policies for skus, taking into account production and transportation constraints.

Proactively identify potential supply issues, ensure receiving countries are aware of supply constraints, and the US is aware of the impact on export countries.

Highlight and work to resolve supply issues (potential out of stocks or over-stocks) in the receiving markets, and work on permanent solutions.

Ensure the new launches are effectively planned and managed to ensure on-time launch deliveries.

Ensure Discontinuation run outs and transition plans are well defined between Producing and Receiving Markets, to avoid write offs.

Supports new business requests by checking capacity and freshness concerns prior to launch.

Initiate/Maintain/ Review Partnership agreements and Product Briefs with all export markets.

System:

Maintain and update all necessary master data in SAP/APO of new, current, and discontinued SKUs for correct planning.

Knowledge of SAP ERP Planning tool.

Analysis:

Work with internal departments on continuous improvements.

Work with Affiliates to evaluate opportunities for improvement.

Identify issues, review all available options and make detailed recommendations for improvement.

5% travel for this role

Qualifications

Bachelor s Degree Required. Preferred in supply chain, business or similar field

3 years+ experience in supply chain planning, logistics, capacity planning and/or similar positions

Food industry experience is strongly preferred

Experience of the Import/Export and transportation functions is preferred

Intermittent level of computer skills with knowledge of Windows, Excel, Word, Power Point

Proficient in SAP

SKILLS:

Delivering credible analytics with complex data

Detailed oriented and strong communication skills

Ability to perform and prioritize in a pressure environment

Can handle complexity and ambiguity

Allocate time efficiently to handle multiple demands and priorities

Team player

The Nestl Companies are equal employment and affirmative action employers and looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.

Category: Supply Chain, Nestle Nutrition