Production Planner ICO

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Date: Jun 8, 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

  1. Plan production, purchase and distribution of Finished Goods with a high level of understanding the trade-offs between service, inventory and costs. 
  2. The role requires a comprehensive understanding of existing and future capacity plans/constraints (RCCP) at the manufacturing plant and distribution network, and knowledge of how production capacity can be flexed to meet demand.
  3. Manage exceptions and other planning activities to ensure SEMI/FINI availability for the master production plan in line with MRP parameters and supplier contracts.
  4. Ensure the right network settings (e.g. production/distribution throughout times) and replenishment models are correctly applied in the planning system.
  5. Ensure master data correctness & proper housekeeping of transactional data.
  6. Ensure good communication and integration with manufacturing (scheduling), logistics, customer care and other stakeholders. Drive MDI meeting & gate keeping meetings with other departments and support with providing relevant KPI’s to measure performance.
  7. Support projects and process improvement to enhance performance and efficiency of the required planning activities (SLOBs, Inventories and Service across scope site/ supply points).

Key Accountabilities

  • Manage the supply and replenishments across the whole supply network & review mid term and long term outlook of the supply plan against resources and warehouse capacities.
  • Ensure consolidation of independent, dependent and distribution demand at SKU level.
  • Requirements inventory setting and DRP process management. Resolve exceptions in accordance with IBP rules.
  • Inventory plan volume and value projection and warehouse/ logistics capacity planning.
  • Manage demand exceptions with Demand managers/planner, logistics and Supply Planning Manager.
  • Drive gate keeping meetings with the other departments and support with providing relevant KPI’s to measure performance.
  • Provide impact analysis when needed to show the impact of decisions or scenarios to the plan. Support on reporting where necessary.
  • Balance service level (OTIF) and inventory targets (OWC) at the primary and/or secondary DC’s, while understanding cost impacts on manufacturing.
  • Manage reduction and prevention of slow and obsolete stock. Communicate opportunities for rework and scrapping at the primary and/or secondary DC’s
  • Execute and support allocation of constraint supply to demand/ create needed visibility through network.
  • Good understanding of production and distribution throughput times. Ensure replenishment policies are defined and maintained for all SKUs, considering, shipment restrictions, shipment calendar, etc… including inventory stocking policies, safety stock levels on ERP system.
  • Inputs to inventory strategy on existing, new and phase-out products.
  • Ensure master data correctness & proper housekeeping of transactional data.
  • Support projects and process improvement to enhance performance and efficiency of the required planning activities.
  • Manage the MPS/MRP process and resolve exceptions in accordance with IBP rules.
  • Master production coordination with production plant while keeping in line with agreements made on capacity.



  • University Education (e.g. Engineering, Business Administration, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Logistics or other relevant discipline) with Degree or equivalent qualification
  • 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
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility and able to work under-pressure
  • Understanding and sensitivity to different cultural behaviors.
  • At least 3-year experience in Supply Planning in FMCG, Paint/Coating or Retail
  • Expert on Supply Planning in SAP and BI
  • Experience on IBP processes, Advanced Supply Planning tools
  • Project and Change Management skills
  • Experience on coordinating teams and managing stakeholders
  • French Speaking Preferred


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: 17677



Nearest Major Market: Nashville