Planning Manager

Job description

Eaton’s Lighting Division is hiring a Planning Manager. The Planning Manager will be based from our Aurora, CO facility.

Position Overview:

The primary function of the Planning Manager is to lead all aspects of production planning and inventory control in conjunction with the plant leadership team. This position directs and coordinates activities of personnel engaged in the demand planning and scheduling functions to maintain optimal balance between demand /supply and working capital to help ensure operations run efficiently, meet customer delivery schedules and maximize profitability. They will develop their organization through teaching, coaching, mentoring and leadership.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Organizes and directs the work of planning, capacity planning and line schedules.
  • Manages dating parameters to satisfy customer expectations and brand reputations.
  • Develops schedule attainment programs, including root cause analysis and action items for cycles of improvement.
  • Works with Purchasing Manager to develop systems to ensure on time delivery to our customer and plant and supplier stocking levels support and exceed company sales and inventory goals
  • Develops programs to reduce lead times consistent with business and customer expectations.
  • Designs, implements, manages, and monitors planning for all brands, using SAP and other reporting systems to meet company requirements, works with procurement and production management to ensure materials are on site on time per customer request.
  • Creates opportunities for continuous improvement to improve efficiencies and quality.
  • Works with cross functional teams, especially customer service, to ensure collaborative and system wide approach to problem solving and quality planning methods
  • Prepares weekly and monthly reports for customer satisfaction and plant performance.
  • Provides finance and management with predicted month end sales each week as well as reports customer orders that are on hold or at jeopardy of meeting company and customer needs
  • Drives root cause of performance failures and develops sustained, corrective action in place to avoid future misses
  • Provides feedback to customer service supervisors on potential misses to lead time and expedite requests.
  • Works with customer service to improve order processing and efficiencies between customer service and operations
  • Ensures adherence to processes so customer orders are processed and ready per forecast and schedule
  • Proceduralize planning standard work and audit standard work to the planner scorecard.
    Supports cost out initiatives and kaizen events as needed.
  • Validates and coordinates with new product engineers the forecasts for all NPD launches in the plant.
  • Provides guidance and development to the planning team
  • Visibly and actively supports other functional plant initiatives including safety, wellness, engagement, etc

Desired Skills and Experience

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in planning/materials management, procurement, production control, or operations planning
  • Minimum 2 years of leadership experience
  • No relocation will be offered for this position. Only candidates who currently reside within a 50 mile radius of the Aurora, CO facility will be considered for this position
  • No Sponsorship- Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. on an ongoing basis without company sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a supply chain management field from an accredited institution
  • MBA
  • Experience in managing a planning function and building organizational capability in that function
  • SAP experience preferred
  • Desire CPIM and/or APICS certification
  • Lean Manufacturing experience preferred

Position Criteria:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of materials planning systems (MRP/ERP) requirements
  • Expert knowledge of the various replenishment models (make to order, make to stock, make to forecast, etc.)
  • Solid understanding of Supply Chain Management operational concepts surrounding production planning, inventory control, purchasing, logistics, stockroom operations, and shipping/receiving
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and Process Variation Reduction (Six Sigma) concepts and tool sets as they relate to materials management
  • Ability to lead, train and develop planning team personnel
  • Ability to lead cross-functional process improvement teams
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing processes
  • Ability to analyze, identify and implement opportunities and initiatives for improvement
  • Ability to develop strategies and priority setting for the Supply Chain initiatives
  • Strong planning/project management skills
  • Strong PC application skills

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Supply Chain Planning Manager

Job description

Supply Chain Planning Manager

Job Location Greeley, Colorado

Job ID 2018-6779


The Supply Chain Manager's main responsibility is to ensure his/her team provides an uninterrupted flow of materials for their assigned products while optimizing total supply chain costs and fulfillment targets.

The position provides leadership to the department in terms of direction and establishment of goals and objectives, developing employees by providing coaching and mentoring; sharing best practices in purchasing and Supply Chain Management.

The Supply Chain Manager is part of the "center-led" Supply Chain Council with a mission to standardize processes, leverage best practices and coordinate the implementation of new systems and process improvements


Strategy and Objectives

  • Works closely with Marketing and Strategic Sourcing to understand the business strategies for product lines and strategically aligns Patterson procurement practices and supply chain in support of the business strategy.
  • Member of Supply Chain Council. Works closely with corporate Supply Chain Mgmt. on initiatives that leverage best practices, process standardization and improvements, Standardized metrics for reporting, and deployment of new technology
  • Establishes metrics that departmental goals and objectives can be derived.
  • Works closely with the marketing and finance departments to establish potential market growth and standard cost projections for annual budget review.

Product/Commodity Management

  • Develop and track key performance indicators on market conditions and trends as they relate Patterson products. Report results to appropriate Patterson Mgmt.
  • Guide the relationship with strategic sourcing (marketing) so that it is a true partnership. Act as a champion to drive best practices such as purchasing decisions including Total Supply Chain cost analysis, and Product line rationalization
  • Oversee the processes of launching new products into the supply chain
    • Vendor management
    • Vendor performance, performance improvement
    • Procurement Execution
  • Responsible for all of the processes surrounding Vendor Management and Purchasing for their products. Provides direction and oversight to Buyer/Planners for all of these processes. Establishes performance goals and objectives. Drives best practices, tools and techniques. Processes include:
  • Drives continuous improvement initiatives to improve supplier performance
  • Develops collaborative/partnering relationships with key suppliers, including objectives and measures, to promote processes that will reduce lead times and costs and insure product and service quality goals are met.
  • Participates in vendor negotiations and business reviews. Provides guidance to Buyer/Planners and marketing to ensure best total cost is achieved, setting and measuring inventory and service level performance


  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of department. Carries out leadership responsibilities in accordance to company policies, procedures, safety, and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include: interviewing; hiring and training employees; planning assisting and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Provides ongoing training and mentoring to applicable staff to develop and encourage their technical and operational performance. Meet with appropriate staff on a timely basis for performance evaluations and goal setting.
  • Ensures company standard practices and procedures are followed in connection with all Purchasing department functions.

Job Related Competencies

Customer Focus- Listens and understands customer’s needs and develops value-added partnerships with customers. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers implement solutions and achieve objectives. Provides timely resolution to customer requests and issues.

Drive for Results- Demonstrates drive, determination, and ownership to achieve both results and success. Focuses on desired outcomes, not just reactive, quick solutions, and how best to achieve them. Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight.

Technical Expertise -Demonstrates and maintains technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas. Leverages technical skill, knowledge, and best practices to provide solutions to business problems. Stays current with latest trends and developments within the profession or technical specialty.

Self-Management -Manages time and resources and balances competing demands to ensure work is completed. Monitors priorities, manages time, and requests resources appropriately when confronted with changing demands. Demonstrates a positive outlook, and remains calm and in control in stressful situations.

Problem Solving -Uses logic and analytical methods to identify solutions resulting in effective problem resolution. Asks effective questions to gather information and data to clarify the details of the problem. Analyzes data, understands patterns and translates into meaningful information. Explores options and utilizes available information to recommend workable solutions.

Collaboration- Takes time to get to know others in and outside his/her immediate areas of responsibility. Builds and nurtures a diverse network of contacts. Shares examples of personal insight where it will help the collaboration or teamwork. Establishes rapport with people across the organization



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field
  • 10+ years materials/ purchasing/supply chain management experience in related industry with increasing responsibilities including:
    • 3+ years management/supervisory experience
    • Vendor Management and Negotiation experience including developing partnerships with vendors
    • Material planning and forecasting using ERP tools preferably SAP
    • Proven track record in inventory management - optimization and fulfillment including excess and obsolete management
  • Experience with SAP or other ERP systems as well as advanced knowledge of their functionality.
  • Project team leadership/management experience
  • Deep understanding of Patterson end-to-end supply chain
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work and influence others from different functional areas and levels within and outside the organization
  • Excellent organizational, decision making and analytical skills.
  • Able to develop and give effective presentations to different groups
  • Strong management and team building skills.
  • Able to develop employees with coaching and mentoring
  • Strong vendor management skills including, negotiations, performance management
  • Financial Analysis skills with a an understanding of total supply chain costs
  • Advanced knowledge of purchasing and supply chain best practices. Able to share/teach the concepts to employees and other functions
  • Strong inventory management knowledge including material planning tools and techniques - preferably SAP
  • Knowledge of process improvement tools and techniques (lean, 6 sigma etc.)
  • Knowledge of contract/purchasing law
  • Proficiency in MS Office - (Word, Excel, Power Point Etc.)


  • Master’s degree
  • APICS and/or ISM Certifications
  • International buying and logistics experience
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in a Distribution/ Logistics environment

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Supply Chain Program Manager

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Job description

DISH is a Fortune 200 company with more than $15 billion in annual revenue that continues to redefine the communications industry. Our legacy is innovation and a willingness to challenge the status quo, including reinventing ourselves. We disrupted the pay-TV industry in the mid-90s with the launch of the DISH satellite TV service, taking on some of the largest U.S. corporations in the process, and grew to be the fourth-largest pay-TV provider. We are doing it again with the first live, internet-delivered TV service – Sling TV – that bucks traditional pay-TV norms and gives consumers a truly new way to access and watch television.

Now we have our sights set on upending the wireless industry and unseating the entrenched incumbent carriers.

We are driven by curiosity, pride, adventure, and a desire to win – it’s in our DNA. We’re looking for people with boundless energy, intelligence, and an overwhelming need to achieve to join our team as we embark on the next chapter of our story.

Opportunity is here. We are DISH.

A successful Supply Chain Program Manager will have the following:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in Supply Chain and/or Program Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration or a technical field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Passionate about team environments and building robust relationships across the organization
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple complex supply chain projects/programs
  • Strong analytical skills in operations and finance
  • Proficient in MS Office products (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) as well as outstanding written and communication skills.
  • Ability to create consensus and results from peers in cross-functional positions

DISH is looking for a Supply Chain Program Manager to join our In-Home Services division to oversee and implement various programs/projects. The S upply Chain and Inventory Program Manager will be responsible for leading strategic and operational activities for the Supply Chain and Inventory teams. They will be a natural leader and facilitator who is driven, organized, detailed oriented and enjoys developing business process to eliminate ambiguity. They will be responsible for the efficient management of the Supply Chain initiatives that support the 140+ office/warehouse locations that support Customer Satellite TV systems, Broadband and Smart Home lines of business. The ideal candidate will be an excellent program/project manager, they will communicate seamlessly with all levels of the organization. They will be adept at facilitating actions, resolving conflicts, managing relationships and influencing others to perform at the highest level.

Primary Responsibilities Fall Into The Following Categories

  • Develop clear program plans and metrics leading the team to work strategically and efficiently
  • Create detailed timing plans for material requirement planning, multi-source vendor qualification, and process improvement initiatives
  • Facilitate meetings to track progress against plans and resolve issues to keep the programs on time
  • Act as an emerging expert in the field of demand-supply planning and inventory management, you will advocate and lead the development for best-in-class supply chain planning processes and systems in partnership with IT, Distribution and PMO
  • Lead process improvements and tool development towards efficiency and efficacy gains in planning, inventory management and fulfillment (forward and reverse)
  • Work in collaboration with IT, Distribution and PMO, develop and execute multiple projects/programs in support of long term process and system capability roadmap 

Supply Chain Planner/Senior

SomaLogic is a 200-person privately owned biotechnology company that delivers precise and personalized health insights using its proprietary technology, which measures changes in thousands of different proteins in blood and other sample types. We are a dedicated team of science-based colleagues working to maximize health and wellness for people around the world. Come apply your operations skills to making healthcare better for your loved ones and the whole world.

We are currently looking for a Supply Chain Planner to maintain the operations product requirement plans and procure the required raw materials, bulks, and finished goods from internal Manufacturing. This position ensures approved inventory targets are met in accordance with appropriate state, federal and international regulations. The Supply Chain Planner will lead supply chain planning operations for several locations and departments within the organization, including supporting a laboratory environment. Level commensurate with experience.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  •          Monitor inventory level to ensure product availability to fill customer orders. Address and communicate supply risks and potential obsolescence to Supply Chain/Operations management.
  •          Evaluate materials in inventory and plan appropriate batch sizes accordingly.
  •          Create, issue, and maintain purchase orders for assigned products. Work with suppliers, manufacturing, logistics, and accounts payable to resolve shipment and invoice discrepancies in a timely manner.
  •          Continuously improve forecasting techniques, method, and approach. Hold regular meetings with external and internal suppliers to discuss latest forecast, shipment schedules, supply delays, and risks.
  •          Maintain and ensure accuracy of all planning and purchasing data for assigned products to ensure valid and accurate MRP output. Maintain the inventory level of purchased materials and revise product masters as changes in usage or supply occur.
  •          Participate and/or serve as Supply Chain representative on assigned company projects. Lead and participate in process improvement programs for the department and cross-functionally as opportunities arise.
  •          Provide input to the initial supply agreement for forecast frequency and delivery conditions. Track and adhere to existing supply agreements according to existing terms and conditions.

Skills & Requirements Education

Bachelor’s degree with 6+ years’ relevant experience or Master’s degree with 4+ years relevant experience; prefer degrees in business, engineering, supply chain, or science

In lieu of degree, 10+ years of relevant work experience can be considered. Experience must be in MRP II, ERP, Supply Chain Planning System software experience with Buyer/Planner, Production Planning and Master Planning roles in manufacturing or operations required.

Skills and experience


  •          APICS- CPIM certification preferred.
  •          Knowledge and experience using computerized ERP/Inventory management system required; experience with being part of an ERP/inventory management system implementation preferred.
  •          Demonstrated ability to illustrate complex issues to peers and management teams in a clear and concise manner.
  •          Ability to develop strategic alignment and convert them into tactical plans.
  •          Flexibility and agility to respond quickly and effectively in a highly dynamic, changing environment.
  •          Must have good organizational, planning, prioritizing and customer service skills.
  •          Strong communication and presentation skills.
  •          Outstanding Microsoft Excel and Power Point skills required.

Work Environment :

  •          Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Physical Demands / Surroundings – Works in an office setting; may need to lift objects up to 30 pounds on a limited basis. This individual may be required to enter production support areas and wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) such as lab coat and safety glasses.

Supply Planning Analyst - MillerCoors

Primary responsibilities of the analyst include:
1. Contributes to and operates supply planning processes associated with $9B, 72 million barrels including supply planning and supply chain optimization for MillerCoors.

Manages the supply planning processes which determine brewing, packaging, distribution, inventory, and supplier requirements plans, and also processes that oversee the execution of product supply plans, coordinate course corrections, and develop and implement contingency plans across the supply chain.

2. Adds value creation through the design and optimization of the MillerCoors supply network, from supplier through distributor.

Manages detailed supply plans which drive $5.5B operating budgets.

Manages MillerCoors finished goods inventory strategy of ~$400MM finished goods inventory across both distributors and distribution centers.

3. Contributes to the Sales & Operations Planning process which aligns Sales, Supply Chain, and Finance leadership on volume, revenue, and supply plans.

Management interface regularly with ForecastingDemand Planning Managers, Customer Management Senior Planning Analysts, Customer Management Planning Analysts, Logistics Transportation Managers, and Brewery planning and scheduling teams.

Requires day to day influence with above Managers and their teams. Contributes to company revenue growth through effective product supply plans, processes, systems, and tools.
Education level and/or experience

Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in supply chain planning, operations management, or related discipline.

Skills and/or knowledge

Knowledge and understanding of interdependencies of production and capacity planning, scheduling processes, distribution methods, inventory management, material flow and planning, Working knowledge of forecasting, transportation, distributor operations, sales, marketing and budgets.

Provides recommendations and contributes to shot- to medium-term tactical planning impacting multiple areas

Analyze large volumes of information, evaluate and resolve complex issues in rapidly changing and ambiguous environment.

Advanced supply chain management systems and process knowledge. Knowledge of SAP APO (advanced planning and optimization)

Ability to execute new strategies that provide MillerCoors with competitive advantage in the marketplace through effective product supply processes.

Ability to understand the needs of the customer and develop product supply strategies that meet both customer and MillerCoors objectives.

Ability to quickly assess situations, identify root causes of issues, generate multiple solutions, make sound decisions, and effectively communicate at multiple organizational and functional levels across MillerCoors.

Ability to quickly build and develop effective working relationships across the organization.

Ability to operate at and tactical levels in the development of product supply strategies and plans that operationalize MillerCoors long term business strategies and effectively meet day to day needs of MillerCoors and our customers.

Ability to communicate highly complex, technical and analytical issues in simple business terms to a wide variety of stakeholders across the enterprise.