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Title:  Supply Planner


Dublin, OH, US, 43016

Company:  Univar Solutions USA Inc
Requisition ID:  24622

As a valued Univar Solutions employee, you understand that we are more than a distribution company – we’re a leading, global partner dedicated to improving quality of life for our customers through the products, expertise, and relationships that serve the world’s most essential industries.


Creating great chemistry is not just about the innovative products and services we safely deliver to customers around the world. It also takes people – people like you – and today, our worldwide team of more than 10,000 employees is helping build a company where the best people want to work. We’re thrilled that you are exploring opportunities where your actions will make a positive difference every day.  We look forward to building a strong future together.



The Supply Planner position is a highly visible supply chain role that is responsible for overseeing and optimizing the inventory planning and procurement cost across the supply chain network. Ability to balance the sometimes conflicting goals of inventory targets, target customer service levels, forecast accuracy, and safety stock requirements for the allocated portfolio of SKU•s for which he or she is assigned.


This person is the key liaison to resolve supply issues and ensures the efficient delivery of inventory, service and cost objectives. This role will identify ways to improve supply planning processes by utilizing current tools. In addition, this person is responsible for ensuring accuracy of all purchase order data to support the Sales, Operations & Transportation Teams meet customer demand and regional performance objectives.


  • Responsible for maintaining inventories and developing the supply plan to reduce out of stocks across the supply chain network to increase service levels while minimizing purchasing costs and capital employed.
  • Proactively utilize MRP•s and other tools to review inventory projections & supply-demand summaries to prevent potential shortages or excessive inventory and demurrage.
  • Implement and maintain inventory and material management strategies by regular review and optimization of inventory parameters and levels (e.g. reorder pt, safety stock, ABC categorization, forecast bias, etc.).
  • Set up inventory targets and monitor actual inventory levels vs. targets.
  • Ability to assess purchasing options, calculate total into stock costs and analyzing cost reduction opportunities to optimize total spend by optimizing loads via combining various products onto a single order, pre-ordering as needed to reduce costs, surveying alternative suppliers for cost reductions, adjusting hub-spoke networks as needed to reduce costs, etc. Conduct root cause analysis for supply chain issues/variances and define corrective action plans to avoid reoccurrence.
  • Review out of stock situations or shortage of supply issues and recommend mitigations.
  • Utilize exception reports to identify and correct potential out of stock issues.
  • Responsible for overall master data maintenance in systems associated with supply planning such as lead times, transportation modes, sourcing information, safety stocks, etc. The position will also include responsibility to mentor less experienced supply planner on supply chain concepts along with SAP functionality.
  • Conduct regular business and performance reviews with Demand Planning, Sales and Operations, including participation in SOP processes.
  • Identify and manage potential inventory obsolescence to minimize aged inventory and eventual write-offs.
  • Review and update inputs monthly to calculate safety stocks and inventory targets.
  • Track and reconcile weekly/monthly metrics versus established targets



  • Strong Excel skills required o Data manipulation - including graphs, pivots, vlookups, etc. o Formulas / Calculation capability - development of analytical models in Excel, 
  • Knowledge of integrated planning software is required
  • Expertise with various ERP systems within a production environment, especially SAP to become one of the department SuperUsers for SAP
  • Candidate must possess very strong analytical skills and be detailed oriented • Ability to deal with complexity and manage ambiguity
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Collaborative skills in resolving long and short positions in inventory
  • Drive for process improvement and ability to perform root cause analysis
  • Teaching and mentoring of supply chain concepts.



• Bachelors degree in Business, Mathematics, Supply Chain/Operations, Finance or other related field with strong analytical training

• Six Sigma / APICS certification (CPIM) preferred

• 2-3 years of Supply Chain equivalent experience in distribution or related business environment.


Univar Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.

Nearest Major Market: Columbus
Nearest Secondary Market: Dublin

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