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Lead Planner (Supply Chain)

Manteca, California | Direct Hire

Job ID: 54714 Position: Distribution/Logistics/Supply Chain Branch: San Francisco

The Lead Planner (Supply Chain)  is responsible for the execution of the company’ s objective to meet customer demands through the application of Lean principles in Supply Chain Planning.   A core responsibility of this position is to maximize capacity and product mix planning across the manufacturing environment while supporting company inventory strategies, product launches, desired inventory turns, and customer service levels. 

  • Strategic oversight of unconstrained, mid and long term planning for all manufacturing  lines
  • Leverage SAP ECC exception-based planning to determine optimal production efficiencies while minimizing cost and reducing out-of-stock risk
  • Collaborates with Supply Chain Organization to determine safety stock levels
  • Support creation and maintenance of production work orders utilizing SAP ECC for all manufacturing lines as required
  • Manages production planning strategies optimizing product mix, supporting inventory targets and capacity utilization for glass, bag-in-box, packware, special project and contract packaging production lines
  • Works cross-functionally to communicate proactively with Customer Service, Bottling Operations, Wine Making, Cellar operations and Supply Chain to ensure customer commitments align with production schedules and are met in an accurate and timely manner
  • Coordinates with Sourcing and Supply department on contract manufacturing requirements according to customer demand
  • Manages and analyzes Supply Chain Planning KPI’ s driving continuous improvement and process change
  • Works with Distribution and Logistics to analyze warehouse capacity, production capacity leveling and segmentation strategies
  • Participates in the coordination of change orders, product line extensions and new product launches to ensure orderly and timely transitions to production schedule
  • Manages finished good requirement planning master data changes with support from Material Master Coordinator
  • Makes improvement recommendations and implements supply chain processes that support business strategies adapted to changing market conditions, new business opportunities, or cost reduction strategies
  • Provides mid-term and strategic capacity plans for case goods production to support rate reviews, crewing decisions and capital expansion
  • Facilitates planning of vintage and appellation changes, with Wine Making, Supply Planning, Sourcing and Supply and  Master Data
  • Assesses current SAP system tools and processes for improvement and reporting
  • Acting back-up to Production Planner
  • Continuously looks for ways to improve planning process leveraging SAP MRP functionality
  • Monitors forecasts and IBP linking arrangements to identify changes or to determine their effect on supply chain activities
  • Aids in the documentation of processes, such as workflows, cycle times, standard work, or system flows
  • Participates in relevant planning team cadence activities   
  • Applies lean thinking techniques to support continuous improvement efforts to supply chain planning


Education and Experiences
  • Bachelor’ s degree in Business, Finance, or Supply Chain
  • 3-5 years progressive experience working in a supply chain environment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities and Licenses
  • Must have good communication skills and proven problem-solving ability. Must possess knowledge of supply chain activities, as well as solid operational knowledge of packaged goods and the wine industry
  • Must have excellent communication skills with decisive proven problem-solving ability and a high attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple inputs and variables for a best case business scenario
  • Ability to influence others through indirect authority
  • Strong expertise with MS Office Suite with ability to build and update advanced Excel workbooks
  • Advanced SAP background or other ERP system; ECC Production Planning and Control

Certificates and Licenses
  • CPSM, C.P.M., CPIM, CSCP, or Lean Practitioner training a bonus

Norman Biado
Direct Hire Recruiter

Equal parts confident impresario, steely competitor, and completely awkward nerd, Norman is a character unto himself. His laid back and easy-going demeanor belie a passionate and determined individual. A self-proclaimed Han Solo-type, Norman brings his unique and compelling personality to any situation, all for the betterment of his team and the people around him. A straight shooter through and through, his undaunted approach to life has led to success in all of the ventures he has undertaken. He is ecstatic to represent an amazing firm like Wollborg Michelson, and looks forward to continued success with both amazing clients and all-star candidates.

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