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Supply Planner

Posted Date:  May 23, 2023
Requisition Number:  118286

Position: Supply Planner

Job Location:  Hershey, PA

Job Summary:

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. 

Role Responsibilities:

Master Planning System Set Up

  • With guidance, develop and maintain system table settings, calendars, and attributes to develop a feasible rough cut master production schedule.  

Master Production Scheduling

  • With guidance, 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.  
  • Communicate with Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, and other stakeholders’ shortage or overage issues and help to 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Engineering, preferably emphasizing Supply Chain Management.  
  • APICS, CPIM certification helpful.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years progressive, related experience in such areas as production scheduling, inventory management or supply/operations planning preferred.
  • Knowledge of Supply Chain Management Principles
  • Proficiency with Supply Planning Systems 
  • SAP experience preferred
  • Strong teamwork skills, including the ability to train others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong mathematical, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong general PC skills (MS suite of products)






Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

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