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Planner II

Date: Oct 16, 2021

Location: Nashville, TN, US

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Job Purpose

Create and manage the production plan to ensure material availability matching the demand, while keeping in line with agreements made with stakeholders, f.e. on capacity
Continuously improve processes, reporting and tools
Actively participate in MDI and gatekeeping meetings to manage exceptions to the plan

Key Accountabilities

  • Release production orders to the site in line with agreements made with the site
  • Ensure that the production plan optimizes service level, inventory and costs, while adhering to constraints in operations
  • Review MPS with site and set actions to align demand and capacity as much as possible, and propose gap closing actions where needed
  • Be the contact for the site schedulers to finalize production plans and to discuss exceptions or changes to the plan to adjust the plan accordingly
  • Support the site schedulers and site with analyses when needed to create visibility
  • Create clarity and visibility on possibilities in the production plan to eleviate bottleneck resources
  • Review RCCP to make sure that the outlook is feasible, and support relevant stakeholders with analysis and gap closing proposals
  • Provide impact analyses when needed to show the impact of decisions towards the site or towards the market, and propose gap closing actions
  • Support Production Planning Manager/Supply Planning Manager on IBP process preparation
  • Balance service levels and inventory and have a good understanding of costs in supply chain and manufacturing
  • Work together with relevant stakeholders to understand customer requirements and incorporate this in the production plan
  • Cooperate with relevant stakeholders to decrease SLOB in the SLOB process by challenging batch sizes and manufacturing frequencies
  • Work together with relevant stakeholders to make sure that available stock has the needed shelf life for the customers
  • Be a partner to relevant stakeholders through the gate keeping meetings to proactively provide information that is relevant to other parties
  • Continuously improve planning processes, reporting and tools
  • Work together with material planning to ensure material availability, and together seek opportunities to improve the plan
  • Actively participate in MDI to manage exceptions proactively

Job Requirements

Bachelor degree in thinking/working level
Vocational degree with >5 years of relevant working experience
Bachelor degree with >3 years of relevant working experience
Master degree in a related area (Supply Chain, Logistics, Business)
Good communication skills, which enable to understand and strengthen the interfaces with stakeholders
Building relationships with stakeholders at multiple levels in the organization
Thinking in possibilities, able to handle stress well
Analytical, and being able to turn this data into information
Problem solving skills, ability to react to changes and change priorities if needed
Striving for improvement
Focused on processes
Fluency in English, other European languages are an advantage


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: 12238 

Nearest Major Market: Nashville