Planning Manager

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Date: Jun 21, 2022

Location: Nashville, TN, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

Lead and manage the Supply Planning Team for your BU/Region to ensure the required service to the customer and the appropriate balance with costs and inventory for both finished goods and materials.

Be the primary interface between the Business Unit and Supply Planning in NAM.

Ensure the region is meeting the targets month after month in terms of OTIF (Delivery Capability), Inventory (DIO) and SLOBs (%) optimizing the impact on manufacturing, logistics and procurement costs.

Implement and develop the needed processes and tools to perform the required planning activities.

Develop the team and ensure their engagement. 

Support the BU Supply Chain Manager on side projects and the deployment of the strategy and operational plans into the region.

Ensure a good communication and integration with demand/Bus, manufacturing, procurement, logistics and finance.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manage the supply planning team for the different sites in your BU/Region.
  • Demonstrate leadership according to company values, walking the path with the team.
  • Implement the right and agreed governance in the planning team.
  • Implement and develop MDI and Tier meetings.
  • Ensure the right setting of objectives, performance and development of the team.
  • Liaise with BU leadership to ensure business targets are achieved.
  • Develop and implement details plans to improve performance on service, inventory and SLOBs, but as well on efficiency and improvement of the processes.
  • Guide team members in their day to day activities management.
  • Work closely with regional supply planning manager and hub planning manager to deploy the strategy and plans within the region.
  • Ensure the right collaboration with demand management/planning teams, manufacturing, procurement, logistics, customer service and finance.

Experience and Education

The successful applicant should meet the following requirements:

  • University Education with at least 6 years’ experience in FMCG, Paint/Coating or Retail industries Supply Chain Improvement or consulting
  • At least a few years of management experience
  • High level of experience on Supply Planning, IBP processes, Planning tools, Supply planning, planning in SAP ECC and BI
  • Change management: ability to manage a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills and communicator, able to listen, able to handle team tensions
  • Stress resistance, flexible, problem solving attitude
  • Project Management skills
  • Seen by others as credible, trustworthy, and open to new ideas
  • Focused on results
  • Good problem-solving skills, able to identify and structure issues, run accurate analyses and synthesize recommendations
  • Strong desire to challenge and improve status-quo
  • Fluent in English


AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 18798 



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