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Sr. Planning Analyst

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Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 600455202

Company: Grainger

Company Overview

Grainger is a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. More than 3.2 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products such as safety gloves, ladders, motors and janitorial supplies, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including commercial, government, healthcare and manufacturing. They place orders online, on mobile devices, through sales representatives, over the phone and at local branches. Approximately 5,000 suppliers provide Grainger with more than 1.6 million products stocked in Grainger’s distribution centers and branches worldwide.


Position Description

  • Primarily responsible for managing and forecasting inventory investment to meet aggressive service (product availability) and productivity (turns) targets.
  •  Develop and maintain the inbound product forecast to inform DC partners of labor requirements necessary to properly flow product into the Distribution Centers.
  •  Develop forecast modeling based on historical data and causal factors.
  •  Perform gap analysis, identify root causes, recommend and implement supply chain planning enhancements.
  •  Make recommendations for optimal inventory strategies.
  •  Collaborates with other analysts and management team to design, develop and perform analysis on supply chain KPIs.
  •  Develop and conduct ad hoc analysis (as needed) in pursuit of root-cause understanding of various challenges and issues presented to the business related to inventory support.
  •  Lead project and/or process work streams aimed at developing creative solutions and make recommendations to improve inventory performance balancing business objectives.
  •  Review and analyze planning data to prepare reports for management and cross functional partner review.
  •  Partner with Inventory Systems team to ensure integrity of planning requirements.
  •  Build and maintain relationships with supply chain partners (DC leadership, Network Design, Space Planning, Transportation and Supplier Performance Management) to develop building-specific strategies, identify constraints, and recommend and execute solutions to meet performance metric goals and long-term supply chain objectives.
  •  Review and analyze planning data. Create/prepare reports for leadership review and performance communication to business partners as appropriate.
  •  Provide thought leadership and business guidance to Planning Analysts on analytical skills and best practices.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, Business or related field. Minimum of 4 years of experience in analysis with an emphasis in logistics and/or forecasting/planning.
  •  Knowledge of inventory management practices and definitions, such as safety stock, EOQ, carrying cost, etc.
  •  Demonstrated analytical skills.
  •  Demonstrated relationship building, communication and multitasking skills.
  • Ability to find creative solutions to problems, identify trends and process improvement opportunities.
  •  Understanding of key financial and customer service metrics.
  •  Basic knowledge of ERP and MRP (SAP preferred).
  •  Understanding of basic statistics as standard deviation, mode, median, normality, etc.
  •  Proficiency in Microsoft Office functionality (Word, Excel, Access dB, PowerPoint) expected
  •  SPSS proficiency is a plus.
  •  Familiarity with Continuous Improvement concepts and methodologies.
  •  Any APICS certification is a plus.

EEOC Statement

Grainger is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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