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Unilever Material Planner in Independence, Missouri

Job Summary & Background

Imagine being a part of the #1 Foods and Refreshment Brand and the #2 Global Brand within Unilever. The market leader in multiple subsegments of the Savoury Category. This role impacts millions of lives on a daily basis providing affordable, good food for all. There is Pride among the team knowing that our products are a common thread for great family experiences around the dinner table each and everyday.

The Material Planner position is responsible for the finished good planning and the inventory management for the Savoury category, and a successful Supply Planner should be able to ensure the appropriate supply of cost-efficient materials required to maintain production and product delivery in a dynamic environment. The key metrics are 1) Customer Service 2) APO/SAP execution 3) Inventory and 4) Waste.

Position Responsibilities

  • Design of APO/SAP supply plan for complex, growing supply chains balancing service, inventory, and waste.

  • Execute the Supply Chain Planning process of inventory planning, production planning, and case fill management.

  • Proactively identify and mitigate future risks to the business. Drive change agenda that will get ahead of a crisis. Should a crisis occur, he or she is responsible for crisis leadership across the planning team and with key stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

  • Key interface between the manufacturing sites and the CD Teams; balancing service and cost.

  • Prepare and execute innovation launches.

  • Prepare data and recommendations for finished goods run strategy as the process owner.

  • Provide inputs & insights for scenario planning and long-term capacity planning

  • Evaluate complex tradeoffs between KPIs, strategically influence cross functionally

Who You Are and What You Will Do

  • You’re a dot connector: You are the key interface between demand & material planning, production, quality, and logistics. You own and cascade service updates to the supply chain.

  • You’re a paradox navigator: You will prepare capacity constrained supply plan in APO/SAP balancing service and inventory. You play a central role in cost control through inventory planning

  • You’re a born leader: You will take initiative and manage projects as a leader of the supply chain.

  • You’re a strategy guru: This position is the focal point of the tactical operation of the category. Numerous interfaces requiring experience, good judgment, people skills and process understanding.

What You Need to Succeed

  • Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain, logistics or engineering preferred

  • Minimum of 2-4 years supply chain, logistics, planning/manufacturing, operations or scheduling experience in a large CPG environment.

  • Experience with SAP APO & ECC a plus

  • Ability to effectively communicate complex concepts in straight-forward ways to multiple levels of the organization

  • Strong interpersonal skills, strong sense of teamwork, strategic influence, and ability to make complex tradeoffs


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. For more information, please see Equal Employment Opportunity PostersEqual Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with DisabilitiesEmployment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at NA.Accommodations@unilever.com. Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

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