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Supply Plannerat CDW Careers

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Focus Area: 
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Remote Type: 
Hybrid Remote

The Supply Planner position resides within the Procurement department.  This role is responsible for executing a strategic inventory plan for a Brand or Category with alignment on plans across the organization. The planner develops and monitors a supply plan to best fill the unconstrained consensus demand plan.   


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Build and maintain successful relationships across departments and with our partners, to drive efficiencies and better serve our customers. 
  • Effectively utilize supply chain tools and best practices to optimize supply planning procedures, analytics, metrics and standards that ensures timely and efficient delivery of products to customers. 
  • Develop and maintain partner relationships in tandem with the demand planner to contribute to targeted supply chain and category goals. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the product categories and analyze the competitive landscape to deliver appropriate supply recommendations and maintain our inventory goals. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of CDW's pricing hierarchies and price elasticity within their product category and can effectively manage products through their complete lifecycle. 
  • Thorough knowledge of inventory policies and their impact to stocking and inventory management. 
  • Analyze data to identify problematic areas and implement improvements. 
  • Utilize Blue Yonder analytics to report on supply chain metrics, including days of supply, aging inventory, backorders, lead-time, and primary supplier fill rate. 
  • Maintain Supply Planning parameters including: Forecast allocation and consumption rules, Inventory Policy, Pack Size, Calendars, etc. 
  • Utilize Blue Yonder Supply Chain Platform to analyze demand patterns, set stockout horizon, and lead-time thresholds. 
  • Leverage Blue Yonder supply planning module to troubleshoot and analyze inaccurate replenishment recommendations. 
  • Collaborate with demand planners and suppliers for planning SKUs and ensure Supply Plan meets Demand Plan. 
  • Proactively assist the demand planner in troubleshooting low forecast accuracy performance. 
  • Align with Product Management to drive product offerings and earn incremental funding. 
  • Collaborate with the Brand Management to meet or exceed budgeted partner controllable margin and revenue goals. 
  • Publish monthly Supplier Projections to key suppliers. 
  • Implement supply chain optimization projects. 
  • Drop ship planning may be a required responsibility depending on brand/category. 

Education and/or Experience Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Technology or Supply Chain related field OR 4 years' of Supply Chain experience AND 
  • 1 year of experience in Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, or Pricing experience. 

Required Qualifications

  • Critical thinking and resourcefulness to solve problems with supply chain and inventory management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively interact and present to all stakeholders including executive leadership.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, including Microsoft Excel.
  • Demonstrated negotiation, business acumen, and partner management skills along with strong product and category knowledge.
  • Ability to travel when required.
  • Strong analytical skills to recognize and interpret both history and forecasts.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Supply Chain Management in highly transactional and volatile markets.
  • Experience with demand planning / forecasting applications (preferably as a user; JDA Demand & Fulfill a plus).
Date Posted: Mar 28, 2024
Job Category: Corporate
People Leader v. Individual Contributor: Individual Contributor
Travel Percentage: 0
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