The Hillman Group

Supply Planner

Job Locations US-OH-Cincinnati
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/30/2018 2:35 PM)
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Support the Strategic and Tactical Business Plan through analysis and procuring a variety of materials from international and domestic suppliers ensuring a timely flow of finished goods to support customer service and manage inventory levels. Provide vendor analysis and management in the areas of pricing, quality and timely performance using metrics.


Analyze Supply Chain Management requirements:

  • Collaborate on sales forecast with Demand Planners, supply schedules, and sales history to determine material delivery requirements for designated skus to achieve fill rate targets of 98%.
  • Consults the planning system (GAINS) to make a variety of planning and purchasing decisions.
  • Control PO placement and track delivery to optimize inventory levels and acquisition costs (PPV).
  • Support commodity monitoring and reporting.
  • Manage vendor relationship as directed by Sourcing staff and defined by contract.

Inventory Levels & Customer Service:


  • Maintain Company and Customer fill rate requirements at 98%.
  • Responsible to hit inventory targets as set up in Planning System.
  • Review Daily outs reports to ensure recovery plan is in place.
  • Manage Vendor Purchases on scheduled frequency (weekly, monthly, etc.).
  • Review Negative Pipe (projected shortages) Report daily and take corrective action, and communicating through Operations team on opportunity plan
  • Managing purchasing plan recommendations in correlation with inventory turns to properly manage inventory levels.
  • Managing expedites and deferrals on Purchase Orders to manage gaps in supply, or excess inventory position.
  • Reviews and maintains purchasing forecasts.
  • Manage and update master data (MOQ, lead time, etc.) to maintain planning system integrity.


  • Maintain a current knowledge of company products and quality specifications.
  • Address and resolve quality discrepant material / pricing issues within cycle time guidelines.
  •  Review buyer scorecards by Vendor to hold them accountable for their items and shipments.
  • Work with Buying Agent in Asia regularly to manage vendor quality and performance metrics.



  • Be aware & support departmental activities to eliminate risk of injury.
  • Knows and follows the corporate safety policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.

Other essential functions:

  • Generates and places purchase orders for a variety of goods.
  • Work in tactical teams to meet the operational objectives of the company.
  • Communicates with suppliers and Hillman staff to ensure understanding and alignment.
  • Accurately documents all transactions in the automated purchasing and inventory control system.
  • Works with project teams to outline cost, quality, and delivery specifications for new products.
  • Maintain knowledge of company policies, operations, market trends, and US customs regulations.
  • Travel domestically or internationally as needed.



Bachelor’s degree (emphasis on business analysis or supply chain management preferred) MBA or other Master’s degree a plus.



  • Three to five years related experience.
  • Understanding of international freight, currency exchange rates, and US customs regulations.
  • Knowledge of ERP system processes for production, inventory control and purchasing systems.
  • Knowledge of supplier management and qualification process.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent analytical, negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills a must.
  • Understands Lean Supply Chain Concepts.
  • Experience and preference to work in a team environment.


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