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Supply Planner

Date: Aug 31, 2021

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Job Summary:

  • The Supply Planner is responsible for using software to develop a six month Master Production Schedule (MPS) for assigned plants. The MPS must insure targeted inventories of finished goods are maintained so that targeted order fill rates/customer service goals are achieved and working capital goals are met.



Essential Functions:

  • Develops and maintains a six month supply outlook for assigned products and categories.
  • Communicate short and long term production plans to appropriate facilities.
  • Collectively work with Plant Schedulers to convert rough-cut production plan to finite schedule on a weekly basis.
  • Proactively pinpoint supply chain issues while providing recommendations for resolution
  • Responsible for issuing and maintaining transfers (stock deployments) for assigned plants using JDA system
  • Represents Supply Planning in S&OP process
  • Review potential shortages daily and communicate potential shortage information to appropriate departments. 
  • Lead and participate in meetings with cross-functional team members to support business initiatives, adjusting plans accordingly.
  • Manage production and inventory to balance plant capacity constraints
  • Communicate exceptions to production plans and review remediation plans with key individuals including Senior Staff in addition, resolve critical product shortage issues.
  • Analyze JDA exceptions daily  to maintain appropriate inventory levels
  • Continuously improving supply planning techniques, method, and approach
  • Weekly Plant Meetings to communicate production misses & capacity issues and /or raw material issues
  • Review forecast changes and adjusting production accordingly. Coordinate with purchasing on raw materials availability as a result of production changes


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   Basic information of the position

  • Knowledge of the position
    • A clear understanding of the relationships between the planning systems and their effect on inventory and service levels
    • Solid knowledge of planning process within an MRP environment
    • Advanced knowledge and use of MRP systems. Experience with JDA a plus
  • Skills of the position
    • Exceptional analytical skills; detail oriented and well organized
    • Exceptional problem solving skills
    • Advanced Excel skills required
    • Verbal and written communication skills to convey information that may be somewhat complex to other who may have limited knowledge of the subject in question.
      • Role may require basic negotiation and influence, cooperation, tact and diplomacy, etc.
  • Abilities for the position
    • Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
    • Able to deal with changing priorities
    • Ability to manage production and inventory


  • Degree or equivalent experience: Bachelor’s Degree (business related field)
  • Years of experience: Must have minimum 4-8 years of related planning experience within an MRP manufacturing environment
    • Previous experience working in a production environment in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry is a plus
  • Specialized training in: Experience Business analytical tools a plus (SAP – Business Objects, Crystal Reports)
  • Active affiliations:
  • Other requirements (certifications and so forth): APICS or ISM certification a plus


At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago