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Unilever Material Planner in Sikeston, Missouri

Background & Purpose of the JobThe primary purpose of this position is to manage the sourcing of raw and packaging materials into Sikeston to support the production of finished goods, expediting and de-expediting of raw and packaging materials to support the plant production schedule, and customer service while optimizing inventory levels. This will require working with procurement and suppliers to improve vendor reliability and responsiveness as well as ensuring factory alignment. This position acts as a focal point in managing the MRP process, key step within the E2E Supply Chain Planning pillar. The key metrics of this role are 1) Customer Service 2) Waste reduction 3) Materials inventory management.Who You Are & What You’ll DoEvaluate material requirements based on system generated MRP and requisition materials accordingly. Expedite and de-expedite raw and package materials to support and maintain a flexible production schedule while communicating with Business Units and support departments to achieve customer satisfaction.Monitor raw and package inventory to achieve continuous improvement in inventory optimization. Maintain and utilize inventory models.Interface with Procurement, Supply Chain Planning, Suppliers, R&D, Logistics.Maintain Bills of Material, material master data, factory invoices and internal KPI’s .Apply World Class Manufacturing principals to identify major loss areas, and facilitate process improvement.You’re a born leader: Influencing a group of practitioners to take action and change behaviors even though you do not have direct authority over themYou’re a strategy guru: Support functional team improvement efforts in driving minimal inventory positions, optimal component consumption, optimal data feed between systems, and overall improvement in Material Planning KPIs. You love to win, and have fun doing it: Define and help enforce system best practices. This is done through a combination of gap analysis, audits, community of practice reviews, & escalation to Sr management as necessary.You’re a teacher: Provide “how to” and onboarding training to material planning. Training will range from developing OPL’s (One point lessons) to providing Instructor-Led class room sessions on system operation.You’re a changemaker: Identify process or system innovation opportunities with SAP or other materials management software. Work with GPE (Global Plan Excellence) office to define/implement system change requests. What You’ll Need To SucceedPosition requires a high degree of understanding of material planning and SAP ECC, APO and Sales Force. Being able to balance objectives of different teams that are sometimes at tension with each other and influencing a group of practitioners to change behaviors even though you do not have direct authority over them will be critical to success. Bachelors Degree with focus in an analytical discipline preferred (eg. Logistics, applied sciences, computer science, math, statistics, economics, engineering, etc.). A minimum of 3 – 4 years experience in supply chain. At least 2 – 3 years in material requirements planning is preferredUnderstanding of data-mining techniques and statistical methods Knowledge of SAP ECC and SAP certification a plus. ------------------------------------Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. For more information, please see Equal Employment Opportunity PostersEqual Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with DisabilitiesEmployment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check. If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at NA.Accommodations@unilever.com. Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.