Supply Chain Planning Systems Expert

About the Engagement

Print Planning Excellence (PPE) team is responsible for managing and executing the production planning systems, data and processes for global and regional print businesses for HPI.

The primary purpose of the team is to ensure complete, reliable, accurate plan available in a timely manner using the APO Planning tool system.

As our SCM Planning Systems Expert, you will have the opportunity to-

  • Be a part of a high performing, industry leading, robust and innovative planning process team that delivers key solutions and frameworks for the Supply Chain group at HP Inc
  • Manage technical delivery for multiple supply chain planning projects, report status
  • Plan project execution, communicate status and liaise with other IT and biz teams
  • Participate in roadmap planning for the supply chain transformation projects
  • Provide estimation of tasks, identify risks and possible obstacles and propose appropriate solutions
  • Contribute to building a positive, productive, pleasant working environment
  • Liaise with HP Inc. support team, global infrastructure teams and business stakeholders


  • Experienced in SAP APO Module or SAP APO Consultant with 7-9 years of work experience in SAP APO Modules, Supply Chain Systems.
  • Ideal candidate would have any of the following degrees – B.Tech, BE, MCA or a degree in Computer Science
  • Excellent business acumen, knowledge of supply chain and supply chain data (SAP ERP knowledge is a must)
  • Excellent multi-tasking and prioritization skills
  • Very Good with MS Office. Ability to represent data through XL/PowerPoint / PDF.
  • Software skills experience like front end technologies e.g. SQL, MS Access, MS Excel including macros would be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge on SAP IBP would be an added advantage.


a) Supply Chain PRINT Planning Production Systems:

  • Responsible for managing and executing production planning systems, data, and processes for global and regional Print businesses
  • Excellent understanding of supply chain concepts such as demand planning and supply planning, Production planning and Inventory optimization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to collaborate with clients, global project teams and senior managers
  • Handling all supply planning activities in Global APO, R3 systems, BW and other integrated or off-line tools supporting Printing supply planning. This includes: Daily ROT, Weekly Planning Process, PO management, RSAM, data linkages from DP to/from SNP, reporting tools, etc.
  • Responsible for ensuring daily and weekly CTM runs.
  • Responsible for resolving APO, CVC, CIF, R3 execution issues and providing system stability.
  • Single point of contact for all planning system process issues
  • Key focal point between business and IT to immediately respond to all system issues and complete plan cycles on time
  • Key success metrics – Plan generation creation/publication and process/system availability

b) Project expertise

  • Provide critical planning system process Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for all Print Innovation and Transformation projects
  • Provide thought leadership and enablement of Print Planning:
  • Business Requirements definition/documentation
  • System Process Design with IT
  • Testing and Implementation
  • Own stabilization and hand-off from IT post warranty


Leadership and Business Process Expertise

  • Well-respected positive influence in the business unit; viewed as a "go-to" resource
  • Excellent working knowledge within a given process/functional area – possess a strong knowledge of the business, and expertise in planning or forecasting processes and supply chain concepts
  • Able to work independently with limited direction
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team members

System Expertise

  • Expert in the appropriate APO and R3 module(s) and reporting tools; or ability & desire to become an expert.
  • CTM runs, Deployment, Heuristics.
  • Good understanding of how the processes integrate within the system –
  • Broader system knowledge of APO, BW and R3 architecture
  • Understanding of all system interfaces (APO/BW/R3) end to end.
  • Knowledge of data timing dependencies
  • Able to learn new software applications as required.

Analytical and Trouble-shooting skills

  • Using all knowledge of business process and system expertise to trouble-shoot and identify root cause of issues
  • Able to analyze system data and trouble-shoot issues by spending time exploring the tools available on their own in a trial-and-error fashion.
  • Excellent business acumen, knowledge of supply chain and supply chain data (SAP ERP knowledge is a must)

Communication/Presentation and Training Skills

  • Demonstrated communication, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Aptitude and enthusiasm for learning and teaching others.
  • Ability to analyze and communicate results and outputs of the process and tools to a non-technical audience
  • Able to represent business requirements and needs from a process and system standpoint

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