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Supply Planner

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The Hershey Company

Hershey, PA

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Supply Planner




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Supply Planner


The primary purpose of a Supply Planner is to develop and implement a master production schedule and inventory management strategy to support customer service goals and achieve the company’s financial objectives.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:*

Master Planning & Fulfillment System Set Up – Develop and maintain system table settings, calendars and attributes to develop a constrained rough cut master planning schedule.

Master Production Scheduling - Develop a feasible rough cut 18 month production schedule for finished goods and dependent demand requirements for SKU’s assigned ensuring that the schedule support sales goals, inventory financial targets, and minimizes product age and obsolescence. Monitor and adjust plans as needed regularly. Develop this schedule using JDA Master Planning recommendations based upon scheduling parameters and system settings. Oversee the successful transformation of these schedules into shift level plans through appropriate communication and negotiation with Operation Planners. Incorporate the flexibility to accommodate a range of potential outcomes of the business plan.

Product Supply Coordination - Utilize exception management to coordinate activity that impacts the ability to maintain constant and sufficient product supply. Analyze and evaluate current manufacturing facilities to determine when additional manufacturing capacity is required to support sales demand. Utilize the PCM process to review items for executional feasibility and communicate potential issues to internal customers in a timely fashion. Incorporate new items into plans and schedules. Serve as project champion for all assigned intermediate halb items. Review AGI report monthly. Manage product shortages through the appropriate JDA settings. Proactively communicate with Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, and other stakeholders shortage or overage issues and develop solutions.

Inventory Management - Maintain finished good and intermediate inventory targets for assigned items. Manage item versions to support packaging changes or in-and-out programs at all locations. Investigate outlier changes in available inventory in a timely manner and take appropriate follow up actions. Support regional, resource, and seasonal build strategies using the JDA system. Monitor new items to ensure efficient flow of product both physically and systematically. Effectively use the JDA Fulfillment and Deployment tools and their settings to efficiently and equitably deploy product throughout the network. Identify opportunities for safety stock rationalization. Minimize aged and unsalable product through maintaining calculated inventory for assigned items.

ATP support/Customer Service - Maintain accurate production information in JDA/SAP to ensure product is available to support ATP and support customer service level targets. Work with Customer service to resolve ATP issues and perform necessary functions such as reviewing the ATP report to identify supportability issues.

Miscellaneous Planning Duties – Complete annual planning activities in accordance within the timetable and guidelines. Set up Bills of Materials in JDA for items generating dependent demand. Conduct analysis of operational processes as needed. Utilize analysis and insights to Support and initiate continuous improvement activities within supply planning and in support of strategic supply chain goals.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities: Include only required physical and/or mental abilities and special criteria (heavy lifting, driver's license requirement, overtime, special work hours, etc.). Please list only those requirements which are job specific and which will ultimately be necessary for successful job performance.

Proven knowledge of Supply Chain Management Principles

Strong knowledge of Supply Planning Systems

SAP experience preferred

Understanding of forecasting and its impact to supply planning

Strong teamwork skills, including the ability to mentor and train others

Excellent communication skills - Ability to interface with all levels in various departments

Proven mathematical, analytical, and problem solving skills - Ability to solve problems independently

Strong general PC skills (MS suite of products)

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Logistics, Business, Engineering preferably emphasizing Logistics or Supply Chain Management or equivalent. APICS, CPIM certification preferred.

Minimum of 2-3 years progressive, related experience in such areas as production scheduling, inventory management or supply/operations planning.

The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veterans

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Company Profile
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 14,000 employees. With revenues of more than $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names, including such iconic brands as HERSHEY'S, REESE'S, HERSHEY'S KISSES, HERSHEY'S BLISS, HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK, KIT KAT, TWIZZLERS, JOLLY RANCHER and ICE BREAKERS. Hershey also offers premium and artisan chocolate products under such brands as SCHARFFEN BERGER and DAGOBA through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China and Mexico while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.

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