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Supply Planner

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Date: Dec 22, 2020

Location: Brecksville, OH, US, 44141

Company: Lubrizol Corporation


The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. We own and operate manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Through our global sales and manufacturing networks, we are able to deliver the products and services our customers need, where and when they need them.

At Lubrizol, our mission is straightforward: We improve lives as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Read the cover story in Smart Business Magazine to learn how Lubrizol plans to advance its growth.




Accountability statement:

Accountable for determining the Supply Plan of both procured and produced materials in the mid-term horizon according to demand forecasts, taking inventory, company targets and supply- and capacity limitations into account.


Summary of Area of Responsibility

The Supply Planner has a key role in the Supply Chain organization, supporting business continuity and customer satisfaction by owning and driving the Supply Plan in the mid-term horizon (14 days – 6 months).  This includes the following areas:

  • Supply Plan determination and review (analysis of supply/demand data and anticipation on upcoming changes)
  • Constraint maintenance and Capacity Utilization review
  • Governance and optimization of all planning related Master Data (supply plan drivers)
  • Inventory Management
  • Supply Review for Sales & Operations Planning Process


Communication/ Contacts

Internal Reporting line to the Global Supply Chain Manager.

Typically liaises with Scheduling Lead and/or Schedulers, Demand Planners and Commercial Stakeholders, Strategic (PTS Planners), Manufacturing Operation Teams, Procurement


Essential Role Functions:

  • Supply Plan determination and review:   The Supply Planner is responsible for determining, reviewing and analyzing the Supply Plan in order to define whether the demand plan can be met taking supply limitations and capacity constraints into account.   The utilization of concurrent planning technology will allow the Supply Planner to proactively identify potential issues.  The resolution of demand and supply at risk by adjusting sourcing options or constraint data in collaboration with the Strategic Planners is essential.  The desired outcome is to deliver a supply plan which is an optimal reference for all replenishment activities in the scheduling horizon.
  • Constraint maintenance and Capacity Utilization review:   The Supply Planner develops a detailed understanding of manufacturing constraints and capabilities of the manufacturing locations being planned in order to be able to model these constraints into the planning technology used. This will allow the Supply Planner to identify and analyze constraint problems including an early detection and proactive management of over and under-utilized resources.   A systematic two-way communication to discuss the Capacity (constraint) Plan between the Supply Planner, the Strategic Planner and Manufacturing Operations teams is key.  

In the event of a near-term constraint causing material availability exceptions, the Supply Planner is responsible for coordinating plant capabilities against customer needs; as well as timely communication to Customer Service and Commercial partners. 

  • Governance and optimization planning related Master Data:   The Supply Planner is accountable for maintaining and optimizing all planning related master data as drivers for an optimal supply plan. 
  • Inventory Management:   The Supply Planner is responsible for defining and maintaining appropriate inventory levels by reviewing system proposed safety stock levels on a monthly basis in order to ensure a timely material availability and to minimize the impact of demand volatilities.  The Supply Planner monitors Days of Coverage to review the inventory position and initiates actions to achieve target.
  • Supply Review for Sales & Operations Planning Process: The Supply Planner supports the Sales & Operations Planning Process by preparing and facilitating the Supply response to the Demand Plan, including the review in the regional S&OP meeting.
  • Communication with Demand Planners and Commercial Stakeholders: The Supply Planner initiates internal communications with Demand Planners and Commercial Stakeholders based on changes in the demand curves noticed.
  • Technology: The Concurrent Planning Solution used by the Supply Planner is Kinaxis RapidResponse
  • Metrics:   The Supply Planner is responsible for monitoring and driving continuous improvement to the following Metrics:
  • On Time Shipment Performance
  • Plan Compliance (Planned vs Actual)
  • Inventory Days of Coverage
  • Master Data Accuracy


Skills, Qualifications, Experience, other Requirements:  

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Business Management, Logistics Management or other relevant degree with proven data analytics skills
  • At least 3 years of experience working in Supply Planning, Supply Chain Management or Logistics Management
  • Detailed knowledge on Supply Planning and Inventory Management
  • Advanced mathematical and analytical skills
  • Ability to identify and anticipate on potential supply issues
  • Demonstrated willingness to challenge status quo – drive for continuous improvement-results oriented-promote Lubrizol's Cultural beliefs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills – able to present the supply plan and discuss supply review topics with all stakeholders


Considered as plus:

  • Work experience relevant to LZ E2E supply chain processes and analysis. This may include Supply Chain Management, Supply Planning, Inventory Management, Demand Management, SAP/BW, Operations
  • Career desire to be involved with supply chain and supply planning
  • Knowledge of Kinaxis RapidResponse, APICS or CPIM certified
  • Detailed knowledge on Lubrizol’s manufacturing set-up
  • Financial acumen
  • Additional language skills


Lubrizol Benefits

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Competitive salary with performance based bonus plans

401K Match plus Age Weighted Defined Contribution Plan

Competitive medical, dental & vision offerings

Health Savings Account


With multiple facilities in and around Cleveland, Ohio, Lubrizol is located in one of the largest economic regions in the United States. For the last seven years Lubrizol has been named one of the top workplaces in Northeast Ohio, and in 2016 was judged as the number one workplace by Northeast Ohio’s annual Top Workplaces survey. Buzzing with business, culture, knowledge and entertainment, Northeast Ohio is a vibrant place for people of all ages and walks of life to live, learn, work and play.  This region offers a little bit of everything for everyone - ethnically-diverse communities, affordable housing, award-winning schools and universities, world-class healthcare, indoor waterparks and zoos, ski resorts, museums, halls of fame, one of the longest water-fronts in the country, and the most concentrated square mile of art, cultural, education and health institutions in the nation.  From making your heart race at Cedar Point, to attending a professional sporting event or biking or hiking through over the 100,000 acres of state parks, to catching a Broadway show at Playhouse Square - the second largest performing arts center in the country, you can make it happen right here in Cleveland, Ohio.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.


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