Global Sales & Operations Planning Lead,

United States, Georgia, Marietta

Business unit: Pulp & Perform. Chemicals

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Discover the opportunity to join an international, dynamic, and responsible company that fosters the development of its employees globally. We want to be the best – to use our leading market positions to deliver a leading performance – and for that, we need YOU! Find out how our values make AkzoNobel the employer of choice.
The Pulp & Performance Chemicals business in Marietta, GA has an outstanding opportunity for a passionate, competent Global Sales & Operations Planning Lead to manage  the product line Sales & Operations Planning cycle.  This includes oversight of the development of an Unconstrained Forecast, Supply Plan, Pre Executive Meeting and Executive S&OP Meeting.  In addition, they will be responsible for ensuring inputs and analysis are provided in a timely manner and communicated properly to the correct participants before and after they key meetings.  This role will also play a key role in roll out of the Arkieva S&OP toolset and AkzoNobel Leading Performance Systems Plan Processes associated with S&OP.
This position reports to the Director, Global Supply Chain and will work closely with Global Marketing & Sales, Regional Sales, Regional Supply Chain Mangers, Production Planning and Internal/External Logistics group(s).   A fair amount of travel (33%) domestic and international will be required due to global location of deployments. 
This position does not have any direct reports but is responsible for leading a process globally.
We help make pulp white and bright! We are the leading global supplier of bleaching chemicals and deliver customized solutions for beaching pulp to our customers.  Our world class technology, application know-how, optimized supply chain and global logistics solutions provide customers with a significant advantage for their operations.
Principal accountabilities:
- Develop Sales and Operations Plan (S&OP)- Responsible for the delivery of a mid and long term (Monthly Outlook to 2-24 months) Sales & Operations Plan for the sites within their product line.
- Lead product line global S&OP cycle including (own and manage): Unconstrained Forecast Review, Supply Review, Pre-Executive S&OP and Executive S&OP meetings
- Actively drive to improve planning related activities across the globe, such as forecasting, process change-over reduction, inventory reduction/levelling, reduced scheduling effort and increased production efficiency
- Evaluation of trends to identify potential supply and inflationary risks
- Calculation of key S&OP related metrics (Forecast Accuracy, Production to Plan, Inventory to Target)

- Maintains Systems and Processes- Support the development, documentation and implementation of global standards for S&OP at all levels in the business
- Act as product line lead for implementation of Arkieva planning software in relevant business line

- Communicates the plan and reports performance- Collection and summarization of inventory forecasts and forecast accuracy
- Monthly collection, analysis and distribution of inventory, forecast and accuracy analysis
- Preperation of presentation materials and supporting analysis for all relevant Sales & Operations meetings
- Performs any additional ad-hoc analysis deemed necessary and within scope of the S&OP horizon


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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


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Pulp & Perform. Chemicals

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Bachelor’s degree, (MBA or MS in Supply Chain Management preferred) or equivalent work with 5+ years’ experience in manufacturing (planning and inventory control).
- Strong Excel and advanced planning software experience
- Customer focus, detail oriented
- Exceptional analytical skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization.
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word and Excel and Powerpoint
- Good organizational and time management skills
- Must be able to work in a team oriented environment
- Strong level computer skills to prepare statistical reports and run optimization programs
- Ability to creatively solve problems while maintaining a timely and cost effective approach
- Ability to work under pressure in a deadline driven environment
- Fluent in English
Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both a pre-employment background check and a drug screening.  In some case, pre-employment physicals may also be required.
All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US. 
AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer. 
AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans (M/F/D/V)