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Logistics Analyst

Date: Jun 12, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie




Position Summary

The Network Planner is accountable for the production plans for single/multiple manufacturing facilities using SAP’s Advanced Planning Optimization (APO) or other systems. In scope is also distribution planning/replenishment activities centered around multiple third party reload facilities through partnership with these stakeholders. The Production Planner delivers a high level of service and lowest landed cost planning solution for all products made at each plant location. The incumbent also plays a key role between customer service and manufacturing by ensuring an effective flow of communication as to product shipment and service requests. The Network Planner reports to the Planning Manager.

Position Responsibilities

Executes inter-plant plant-to-reload transfer strategies to enable high service of non-make items and recognizes capacity constraints within manufacturing facilities to maintain high service at lowest landed cost: (45%)

  • Executing of inter-plant transfers, rail replenishments and order movements to maximize customer service while minimizing freight expenses.
  • Manages all planning tools (offline & APO) including master data to execute effective planning resulting in timely service and reduce/avoid excess and obsolete inventory.
  • Monitors material availability and outbound inter-plant transfer service while managing truck building/rearranging process of inter-plant transfers to support actual customer order service goals.
  • Executes inventory target methodology, analyzes inventory across all manufacturing facilities, ensures compliance to them.
  • Managers projects and initiatives across planning to optimize the network and yield freight-spend savings.

Inventory targets and manages excess and obsolete inventory. (30%)

  • Manages make and transfer master data for each production facility to help facilitate both short term production and  long term demand supply matching exercises.
  • Works closely with finance, measures excess and obsolete inventory and develops action plans to reduce inefficient inventory with both proactive and reactive processes.  

Manages fulfillment strategy and execution of accessory product line(s): (25%)

  • Partner with Procurement team to ensure consistent and timely replenishment of third party accessory products across various suppliers.
  • Deliver on-time service across all James Hardie plant and third party warehouse facilities by overseeing replenishment of accessory inventory to targets or orders.

Quantitative Dimensions

Decision Making:

The Network Planner possesses strong decision-making ability to address day-to-day operational challenges and address deviation from results with defined action plans and collaboration. Decision making initiative is expected to be independent in a high accountability team environment.

Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities:

The Master Scheduler has no direct reports, but requires a high level of collaboration with transportation, customer service, and manufacturing.

Scope of Position:

Current manufacturing efforts account for $1.5B of annual revenues produced. The Master Scheduler interacts with the transportation group for planning and execution of inter-plant transfers, truck/rail availability, and must have the ability to work within customer service requirements.

The Master Scheduler spends the majority of his/her time executing and implementing planning best practices for facilities planned to ensure high service and lowest landed cost. Other responsibilities include a medium/long-term extension of managing the demand supply balance for those facilities planned in alignment with the overall network strategy through analysis and communication.

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Demonstrated ability to identify and understand issues or problems using data and use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing an appropriate solution.
• Demonstrated advanced analytical skills with the various features of spreadsheet and basic software (Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary software).
• Knowledge of production planning best practice methodologies for multiple manufacturing facilities.
• Ability to collaborate effectively with plant personnel to develop action plans in reaction to product/production issues while still ensuring a high-level of customer service.
• Knowledge of supply chain, transportation, and logistics.
• Ability to drive adherence to planning best practices and procedures.
• Superior interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to relate well and cooperate with others to effectively.
• Demonstrated ability to build strategic working relationships while holding others and self-accountable for deliverables.
• Demonstrated ability to act independently upon information and make decisions that achieve optimal results.
• Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and prioritize workload while paying attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to function as a strong team player.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Science, Operations, Engineering, or related field.
• 3 or more years of experience in an analytical position with at least one year in planning.
• Direct supply chain experience.
• SAP/APO planning experience (preferred).
• Material Replenishment Program (MRP), deployment, constrained production planning (CPP) and/or replenishment solutions experience (preferred).


• Applied Learning: Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner.
• Building Strategic Working Relationships: Developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
• Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
• Initiating Action: Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.
• Innovation: Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
• Managing Work (includes Time Management): Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
• Stress Tolerance: Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
• Tenacity: Staying with a position or plan of action until the desired objective is obtained or is no longer reasonably attainable.
• Work Standards: Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.

James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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