Demand and Inventory Planner

Service Market Logistics (SML) is part of Group Trucks Operations (GTO). We are an organization of approximately 4,000 employees globally in more than 40 locations. Every day, we are delivering world-class operational excellence for our customers, based upon smart logistics solutions. Our job is to develop, manage and optimize the Service Market supply chain for all Volvo Group brands and JV’s. The scope for Service Market Logistics includes Flow Optimization, Inventory Management, Distribution Center operations, Customs & Trade, as well as the development of logistics solutions to ensure the highest possible parts availability, delivery precision and quality everywhere in the world. We strive for an innovative and diverse workplace, exercising the Volvo Group values with high focus on customer success.
Mission
The Demand and Inventory Planner position will be part of the Demand & Inventory Planning (DIP)/Operational Planning (OP) North America team within the SML Flow Optimization & Inventory Planning (FOIP) organization. FOIP is a global team driving business performance in the area of service market logistics. FOIP works in cooperation with colleagues inside the SML organization and in business areas around the world to enable customer success through an optimized supply chain from suppliers to customers – balancing service levels, tied-up capital and transport cost and performance.
The DIP/OP team works to ensure high-quality forecasting of future spare parts demand for Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, VCE and Penta in North America. This position will be responsible to monitor, analyze and steer the supply chain from an operational level, while also developing methods and processes for improving and innovating the planning process by combining traditional techniques with future technology.
Scope & Influence
This position reports to the Head of Demand & Inventory Planning/Operational Planning NA and is based in Greensboro, NC.
Essential Functions
  • Conduct high-level forecasting of sales and supplier demand
  • Analyze the current sales and supplier demand forecast situations in regards to system-generated forecasts as well as historic demand, trends and deviations. Ensure input from flow planning and Sales Area collaboration
  • Propose and perform changes to the sales and supplier demand forecast on the segment level. Monitor and evaluate the changes. Communicate what impact the changes will have on other functions and departments
  • Review forecasting parameters. Analyze and simulate parameters using pre-existing parameter review tools
  • Find new ways to improve sales and supplier demand forecasting. Identify and develop proactive ways to forecast parts based upon other sources than historical demand
  • Be involved in forecasting development to secure the DIP perspective is secured
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders and functions outside of FOIP to secure that valuable information is exchanged
  • Identify and propose areas that require logistical analysis
  • Work on continuous improvement through the Volvo Production System
  • Act according to the Volvo values
  • Other duties as assigned by Management
Minimum Education and Experience
  • BA/BS degree in Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Mathematics/Statistics, Business Administration or a related field, or equivalent experience. MS degree preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Experience working with logistics in a complex global supply chain
  • Holistic view and ability to grasp the full supply chain
  • Broad knowledge of the logistics area
  • Knowledge of where to find relevant logistics data, how to retrieve it, and how to validate the data in terms of relevance, correctness and completeness.
  • Customer knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a global environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced team environment striving towards operational excellence guided by Volvo’s Values and the Code of Conduct
Necessary Technical/Functional/Language Skills
  • As all documentation is in English, proficiency in the English language is required
  • Strong problem solving, research and analytical skills
  • Ability to perform calculations or to feed systems that calculate or simulate based upon retrieved date, and to analyze and draw conclusions based upon the calculations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively within a multi-cultural and international environment
  • Ability to compile and present findings and possible recommendations to a diverse audience
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive business relationships
  • Comfortable learning new technologies
  • Excellent computer skills, (Microsoft Office applications)

About Us

Volvo Group Trucks Operations encompasses all production of the Group’s engines and transmissions, as well as all production of Volvo, Renault and Mack trucks. The organization is responsible for spare parts supplies to the Group's customers as well as for designing, operating and optimizing logistics and supply chain for all brands, production facilities and distribution centers where the Volvo Group operates.


In Volvo Group Trucks Operations you will be part of a diverse team of highly skilled professionals who work with passion, trust and embrace change to stay ahead. We make our customers win.

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