Material and DEFI Process Planner
Unilever - Hammond, IN

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United States-Indiana-Hammond-Hammond -1200 Calumet Avenue






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Material and DEFI Process Planner

Job Summary:
The Material and DEFI process Planner position is responsible for the weekly management & communication of the Bars Category material requirements planning (MRP) while ensuring customer service and maintaining the predetermined finished goods & non-finished goods inventories.

This role will also play an essential role in planning of the Co-pack noodle bag requirements, scheduling of the bag requirements, rework consumption, finishing system utilization and NPI process. It is essential that this position partners with the scheduling manager in such a way to optimize the overall Network capabilities to ensure network goals for customer service, inventories, and cost.

As the Material and DEFI process planner they will initiate MRPs, maintain bills of materials, and places purchase orders for materials. They will communicate with Supply Management & vendors to coordinate in-plant arrivals of materials to fulfill production schedules, ensuring no outages while carefully managing the Raw/WIP/Pack inventories.

The Material and DEFI process planner must also ensure OTIF delivery of new innovation activity and setups.

The material planner is responsible for devising, tracking, and reporting of RWP inventory levels and targets.

Master data management is an important function of this role.

Position works closely with Material Suppliers, Scheduling Manager, PG Supply planners, Supply Management, Finance, Inventory control, and individual production departments.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop a plan to run the DEFI process finish systems most efficiently based on Hebe vs. Gear production. Plan the most efficient way to consume rework on a daily, weekly basis. Plan the production of base bags daily and weekly.

Individual must have a good knowledge of the DEFI process capabilities and its capacities.

Lead/Facilitate scheduling and manufacturing meetings as needed.

Manage relevant KPI’s and communicate to stakeholders.

Member of Run Strategy Team in development of the 13-week plan, waterfall analysis, line utilization options, overflow production plan. Works with National Supply Management Team in development of supplier inventory model requirements, inventory modeling plan, and SQA scorecards.

Work with supply chain team to coordinate new product introductions and material run-outs to minimize obsolete materials.

Help to identify obsolete inventory and seek disposition (own POI).

Responsible for maintenance of data in ERP systems (SAP, etc), including the proper set up of new components. Approve & maintain Interspec bill of materials.

Communicate with Suppliers, Supply Planning & Innovation, Supply Management, Manufacturing and Co Manufacturing teams on a timely basis and resolve issues as required.

Use SAP to execute the MRP cycle for Hammond Plant, requisitioning and releasing dependant demands for supply base.

Create/release purchase orders for materials needed to support scheduled production. Communicate with vendors to ensure material delivery on a timely basis. Manage inventory counts and make decisions on necessary adjustments. Manage materials (NFG) inventory levels to insure achievement of the plant and category inventory targets.

Ensures vendors meet all material specifications, Analyze total vendor performance, via certifications, audits

Key Requirements:
High School Diploma or Equivalent

Bachelors degree preferred

3 years of planning experience

Knowledge of SAP

Please note: as part of the job application, you will be asked to complete an online assessment. Completion of the assessment is mandatory in order to be considered. Please allow yourself plenty of time to complete both the application and assessment. If the assessment is filled out partially or not at all, it will adversely affect the progress of your application. Please be aware that you will have to complete the assessment at once as you will be unable to return to it later.

Unilever is an equal opportunity employer. It prohibits discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Employment is subject to verification of pre-employment drug-screening results and background investigation.

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