Nestle Nutrition Supply Planner in Arlington, Virginia

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

The Supply Planner is responsible for the development of detailed intermediate and long range production plans that reflect demand plans, production constraints, transportation alternatives and warehousing/distribution center requirements. Works closely with demand planners, sales, and marketing and production personnel. Plans inventory levels that satisfy the customer service target for product availability while minimizing production, transportation and warehousing costs. Reviews weekly sales and finished goods inventory data and advises sales, marketing and distribution personnel of unexpected sales trends and/or inventory balances. Assists in long-range capacity studies to determine requirements for new equipment, facilities and sourcing strategies etc. Major communication link between factory supply chain, marketing, purchasing, transportation and distribution.


  • Develop 78-week master production schedule on a weekly basis that achieves targeted inventory and service levels. Monitor APO alerts to identify potential inventory problems through all planning horizons and coordinate efforts to resolve. Collaborate with Factory Supply Chain on the tactical execution of the production plan.

  • Develop and maintain SAP/APO Master Data, which includes materials, resources, shift definitions, and the like. Collaborate with Factory Supply Chain to ensure alignment of planning parameters with factory- level constraints.

  • Coordinate and facilitate the Weekly Operations Demand/Supply and Production Reviews as well as the Monthly Production Review; act as Process Owner of these meetings to ensure the process is an integral part of the planning and control process.

  • Continuously work to align with Manufacturing on the operating conditions of the factory (ies), including calendar and performance assumptions. Offer suggestions and seek commitment to best meet Customer demand, ensuring high Customer Service and Freshness, while minimizing cost.

  • Participate in the development of integrated budgets; responsible for the alignment of demand plans, master schedules, factory schedules, and purchasing programs.

  • Make necessary adjustments to short-term and intermediate schedules on a daily basis, reacting to market demands.

  • Participate in and/or represent department in divisional task force workgroups.

  • Develop and lead short term projects related to capacity studies, cost savings initiatives, and other Ensure Supply objectives related to supply planning.

  • Create and maintain reporting to all levels of the organization that summarizes inventory levels, capacity, service level and all related issues that support these key performance indicators.

  • Work with and through the Purchasing group to resolve scheduling constraints and raw material availability to support current manufacturing plans.

  • Communicate and work closely with all Supply Chain groups in order to support Sales & Marketing objectives.


  • Bachelor's Degree Required, preferably in Business, Math or related field. Must be comfortable using sophisticated software and have strong analytical skills. Proficient in MS Office, including Excel and Word

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in Supply Chain and/or Inventory Management roles such as; Inventory Deployer, Inventory Coordinator, Production Planner; with experience using DRP or other finite scheduling tools.

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

Category: Supply Chain, Nestle Nutrition