Supply Planner in Bratislava

at Spin Master Careers

Date Posted: 2/27/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

1.0 General:

The Supply Planner position is a highly visible Supply chain role that is responsible for overseeing and optimizing the inventory planning and procurement cost across the supply chain network. Ability to balance the sometimes conflicting goals of inventory targets, target customer service levels, forecast accuracy, and safety stock requirements for the allocated portfolio of SKU’s for which he or she is assigned.

2.0 Specific Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for maintaining inventories, developing the supply plan to reduce out of stocks across the supply chain network to increase service levels while minimizing purchasing costs and capital employed.
  • Proactively utilize MRP’s and other tools to review inventory projections & supply-demand summaries to prevent potential shortages or excessive inventory and demurrage.
  • Implement and maintain inventory and material management strategies by regular review and optimization of inventory parameters and levels (e.g. reorder pt, safety stock, ABC categorization, forecast bias, etc.). Set up inventory targets and monitor actual inventory levels vs. targets
  • Ability to assess purchasing options, calculate total into stock costs and analyzing cost reduction opportunities to optimize total spend by optimizing loads via combining various products onto a single order, pre-ordering as needed to reduce costs, surveying alternative suppliers for cost reductions, adjusting hub-spoke networks as needed to reduce costs, etc.
  • Conduct root cause analysis for supply chain issues/variances and define corrective action plans to avoid re-occurrence. Review out of stock situations or shortage of supply issues and recommend mitigations. Utilize exception reports to identify and correct potential out of stock issues
  • Conduct regular business and performance reviews with Demand Planning, Sales and Marketing, participation in S&OP processes.
  • Identify and manage potential inventory obsolescence to minimize aged inventory and eventual write-offs
  • Creates and understands rough cut capacity plan (RCCP)
  • Track and reconcile weekly/monthly metrics versus established targets
  • Other ad-hoc duties assigned by Manager


Key Competencies:

  • Customer focus: Every action is shaped by a commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations. All activities and decisions should be built around the customer.
  • Communication: Demonstrate ability to convey messages clearly, effectively and confidently at all levels of the organization. Stays in constant contact with other departments and keeps them informed of any problems.
  • Accountability: Takes full responsibility for own actions and can be counted on to do what he/she says will be done. Follows up personally and monitors progress to make sure things are on track.
  • Resourceful and Self-Directed: Demonstrate a clear understanding of task and know where to go for answers. Work independently, and self-manage.
  • Problem Solving and Solutions Development: Look for creative, cost-effective solutions to problems and develop processes to tackle similar problems in the future. Good balance of being able to analyze and determine the best plan of action, while reacting quickly.
  • Stress Tolerance: Ability to work at a fast-pace and possesses strong multi-tasking skills. Stays calm under pressure with the willingness and flexibility to deal with change.
  • Planning and Organizing: Maintain an organized, structured and efficient environment. Prioritize, multitask and plan accordingly; deliver reports and analysis on time, coming up with contingency plans when necessary.

Job Requirements

4.0 Required Skill Set:

  • Expert level of Working knowledge of Excel, Access, SAP
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong customer orientation
  • Very strong analytical skills, detailed oriented
  • Ability to deal with complexity and manage ambiguity
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Collaborative skills in resolving long and short positions in inventory.
  • Drive for process improvement & ability to perform root cause analysis.
  • Fluent in English is a must.

5.0 Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Supply Chain equivalent experience in distribution or related business environment.
  • Data manipulation - including graphs, Pivot tables, Vlookups, etc.
  • Formulas / Calculation capability - development of analytical models in Excel, solver, etc.
  • Expertise with various ERP systems within a production environment specially SAP R3.