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  • Supply Planning Specialist

    Location US-VA-Richmond
  • Overview

    The purpose of the Supply Planning Specialist role is to reflect the regional 12-18 month operational and business objectives in the form of a demand plan within SAP. The Supply Planning Specialist will manage the plan and associated material movements required to achieve the plan and to ensure timely fulfilment of orders. At a non-manufacturing location, the role is centered on demand plan management via co-ordination with business, manufacturing and logistics.


    • Seek and interpret inputs from across the organization to build a demand plan that will drive operational activity in line with the business objectives.
    • Develop requirement plans for plants and some tollers to ensure the plant is operating in line with Afton’s planned requirements.
    • Manage the import and/or export of components or products to support the demand plan activities in other regions.
    • Manage inventory levels within target ranges for key materials and key locations. The aim is to have adequate material to maintain supply without increasing working capital costs to an unacceptable level.
    • Maintain understanding of short term capacity availability and constraints. This is so that related enquiries arising from the business (internal and external) and logistics teams can be addressed (in co-ordination with the Regional Product Manager) in a clear, accurate and responsive manner.
    • Respond to changes in plan in a timely manner. In addition to updating the demand plan and material movement requirements, this should also include highlighting likely impact of these changes to the business team .This is to ensure that the impact of these changes are understood across the regional team.
    • Where required, participate in regional S&OP or IBP meetings. This will include providing reports on plans, capacity outlook, actions associated with product transitions and new product introductions & inventory. The aim is to use the meeting to communicate the demand plan and seek input and validation.
    • Collaborate with planners in one’s own region and other regions to ensure coordination of shared global resources (such as plant capacity) and develop best practice procedures.
    • Be aware of, and support where necessary, other Supply operations within the region to ensure that Planning activities are aligned with Logistics and Procurement objectives.
    • Where indicated by organizational structure, supervise activities of supply planning coordinators.
    • Support company quality and safety systems through day to day activities and via formal feedback mechanism.




    • Bachelor of Science in Logistics, Supply Chain, Business Administration or eqivalent or eqivalent
    • SAP competency in materials managements and supply planning typically acquired over 3 or more years of experience


    •   Strong knowledge of supply chain structures and procedures, global supply network interactions and inventory management protocols typically acquired over 4 or more years of experience


    Ability to work productively in a cross functional team environment

    Ability to communicate technical planning details to non-technical managers

    Strong negotiation and diplomacy skill

    Strong analytical skills

    Ability to effectively solve problems and resolve conflicts

    Strong organizational skills with ability to prioritize work, develop appropriate time lines and work to deadlines

    Effective interpersonal, oral, and written


    An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.



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