Logistics Planning Team Lead - EC HUB
- Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Background & Purpose of the Job
The Logistics Planning Team is responsible for developing analytics, forecasting tools, and validating business cases to manage the flow of finished goods through the Unilever North America distribution network. Covering all Divisions between Foods, Refreshments, Home and Personal Care, the team serves as the central coordination point for the intake of the signal from the Sales & Operational Planning process and translating the volumes into expected capacity needs for Transportation and Warehouse operational teams. Activities include coordinating network footprint changes focusing on logistics cost and protecting customer KPI's, projecting out network capacity constraints, developing analytical tools for to predict the profiles for acquired brands, identifying cost savings opportunities with the Planning teams for efficient deployment methods, and completing cost estimates for innovations.
Who You Are & What You'll Do
As a Team Lead, you will lead 4 Analysts, each supporting a full Division and/or distribution network. You will coach and develop the Analyst to deliver against their Key Performance Indicators while managing stakeholders in cross functional environments. You will serve as a key link between Supply Planning and Logistics, translating the constrained output from the Sales & Operations Planning process into expected volumes in transportation lanes and warehouse pallet and location capacity and case/layer/pallet. You will be held to the delivery of cost savings, accuracy of immediate (1-30 days), short (1-3 months), and medium (3-12 months) term forecasting, and project work. You will supervise the development and implementation of forecasting and analytical tools to deploy minimum viable products and create new statistical models to improve the accuracy of your forecasts. The Transportation and Warehouse operations teams will turn your forecasted volumes into operational requirements for their 3rd Party Logistics partners and the Procurement teams will also utilize them in contract negotiation. You will also be the key link to the Logistics Development team for Warehouse, Transportation, and Network Design emerging projects, that will require validation of forecasted volumes, rate assumptions, and footprinted flows in order to assume accurate savings numbers. You will interact daily with Senior Managers and Directors in Planning, Logistics, and Customer Service. You will manage the flow of internal work to ensure a balance of delivery for the team of Analysts and properly serve the needs of the internal/external customers. The experience of having worked into multiple functions in Logistics and Planning is vital in addition to the ability to strategically think about the impact of your analysis.
You're a born leader: You are a self-starter who can lead and influence stakeholders to resolve day to day challenges without waiting for someone to solve the problem for you. You seek to move quickly and introduce new ideas, make decision that account for risk, knowing they may not be perfect, and are willing to learn from feedback or flaws.
You're a strategy guru: In addition to managing projects, you will have to help develop strategies and footprint changes for the network. You can take a 6 - 12 months forecast and strategically review network capacity to develop a level loaded analysis which will deliver a clear picture of the network for all functions. It is not only about today; we need to be prepared for tomorrow and the future.
You're a dot connector: You will be a strong link to connecting our 3PLs to our key support functions (Customer Service, Logistics, Warehousing, and SC planning) to ensure the all functions are aligned on footprint changes. You will be responsible for projecting out network capacity, developing profiles for new acquisitions and finding continuous improvement opportunities with the Planning teams.
You're a changemaker: You will be a change agent for our Unilever supply chain. You will need a firm hand and a strong will, while being calm under pressure. Be cooperative. Be a team player and a positive influence at work.
What You'll Need To Succeed
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in required for consideration, preferably in Supply Chain, Logistics, or Business Analytics. It is preferred that you have at least 6 years of experience in Logistics or Planning in a Consumer Packaged Goods environment, 2 years of people leadership is preferred. You will need to be a results-oriented, innovative thinker with a focus on continuous improvement. Strong analytical aptitude with a validated ability to extract, analyze & interpret data and present findings to senior leaders. Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary to effectively interact with all levels of management. You will work in a fast-paced business environment, demonstrating flexibility and adaptability by managing numerous priorities concurrently; organizational and time-management abilities are a must. Finally, you will need advanced technical skills with Microsoft Excel, Access, and PowerBi. SAP APO and ECC experience are required, in addition to SQL and other coding languages. Experience working with enterprise level logistics systems, such as a Transportation Management System, Yard Management Systems, or Warehouse Management System is required. Oracle TMS, JDA WMS, and PINC YMS experience are preferred.
What We Can Offer You
Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability
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 Posters
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