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Supply Planning Lead

Date: May 2, 2019

Location: Worms, RP, DE, 67547

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 3441 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 3,900 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

  • Lead the tactical development and execution of a rolling 18-month supply plan.
    • Coordinate with Strategic Supply Planners to align tactical supply plans that include weekly details with strategic supply plans that describe monthly projected supply targets for a rolling 18-month planning horizon.
    • Work with Operations to develop and maintain effective Plant Product Wheels to optimize service, working capital, and operating efficiencies.
    • Maintain feasible tactical Supply Plans that reflect manufacturing capabilities, link to detailed execution schedules, and are adjusted for operational dynamics (e.g. unplanned outages).
    • Accountable for ensuring the on-time and on-budget delivery of Company’s products to its customers; minimize penalties/charge-backs, unnecessary logistics costs and order cancellations
    • Serve as the key contact for day to day operational requests: shipment prioritization, customer inquiries, inventory requests, and problem resolution
    • Manage production and inventory decisions in collaboration with Strategic Supply Planners, Demand Planning Leads, and Sales Ops Leads, including quantity and location.
    • Review daily-level production, procurement, and distribution/logistics plans, including all nodes in the supply chain to ensure alignment with tactical supply plans, strategies, preferred routing/sourcing, policies, and demonstrated capabilities.
    • Monitor constraints and work with Operations to develop mitigation plans to align manufacturing and supply capabilities with strategic supply plans and demand.
    • Monitor and ensure compliance to policies, including lead times, time fences, and frozen periods.  Ensure required escalations and approvals for exceptions are reviewed and authorized in a timely manner.
    • Lead Root Cause Analysis (RCA) efforts to address and correct variances to published plans.
    • Coordinate inbound and outbound operations, including transportation from suppliers and receiving inventory to all fulfillment activities, warehousing and transportation to customers.
    • Oversee order acceptance and processing, accounting for all constraints in the supply chain, including all suppliers, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, and other customers.
    • Collect and organize data to support performance measurement (i.e. pricing, delivery, costs, and quality audits).
    • Partner with suppliers, distributors, and customers, creating communication channels for critical information and operational improvements such as direct shipping and third-party logistics

Required Skills

  • Must have strong communication and customer service skills
  • Understanding of Supply Planning and Operations
  • Ability to lead/manage within the matrix organization and influence without authority 
  • Sense of urgency and bias towards action
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Able to identify and analyze opportunities for improving financial drivers throughout supply chain

Required Experience

  • 5+ years’ Supply Planning experience
  • Experience in an operations role preferred

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S. degree, business field preferred

Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.