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Newell Brands Supply Chain Planning Specialist-Connected Home & Security- First Alert in Aurora, Illinois

Position Title: Supply Chain Specialist

Reports to: Supply Chain Manager

Location: Aurora, IL

Job Summary:

This position reports to the Supply Chain Planner and is responsible for overall project management regarding product life cycle management. This will include new products rollouts, existing changes to current products and end of life management. Primary responsibility is to create and maintain an effective liaison between all functional areas in the company that would allow the team to ensure seamless delivery of high quality service and commitments to our Customers

  • Learn all aspects of new product launches and collateral changes from all functional areas through the business and build a repeatable process, checklist and reporting tool.

  • Create list of all tasks needed to support project launches, transitions and discontinuations / end of life management.

  • Meet weekly with project members to ensure tasks are being completed on time to meet customer and financial commitments.

  • Document all procedures so there is one easy process that can be followed for each rollout where we create a checklist and the rollouts start to become seamless.

  • Assist with communication and support across critical areas of the business to ensure new products are successfully introduced into production.

  • Works as a supply chain liaison between all functional areas to make sure the Operations side of the business is ready for any new changes or existing changes on products

Job Duties:

  • Ability to lead cross functional collaborative meetings to drive execution of new product requirements

  • Prepare project plans and report on progress and adherence to timeline.

  • Create and organize Product Launch teams. Plan and facilitate regular meetings.

  • Identify risks or deficiencies and communicate to management team.

  • Participates in preparing program’s budget, creates and monitors budget statements, assists in designing reports.

  • Researches and develops internal and external communications including presentations, speaking points, correspondence and other written materials.

  • Communicates (verbal and written) with a wide range of internal departments and serves as a liaison on behalf of the department leadership to foster strong working relationships.

  • Represents the department, program or project with various level of personnel both internally and externally.

  • Responds to unanticipated complex issues and manages critical and confidential information.

  • Applies analytical skills, tools and techniques to improvement efforts.

  • Collaborates with other system functions as required on training initiatives (e.g., IT, Quality, Customer Service, Operations etc.).

  • Provides calendar management support for the department; facilitates and schedules meetings, including logistics; helps set meeting priorities; communicates meeting objectives and helps identifies materials needed for meeting; distributes materials in advance of meeting as advised by leadership and exercises judgment to ensure appropriate parties attend meeting

  • Identifies opportunities for improvement, makes suggestion for change and drives for results


  • Bachelor’s Degree- BS/BA in business, supply chain management

  • 3+ years of supply chain experience

  • 3+ years’ experience project management

  • Strong analytical skills and communication skills

  • Strong professional interpersonal skills

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office – must for Excel and some Access

  • Excellent collaboration and presentations skills

  • Ability to manage cross-functional teams’ interactions on all company levels

  • Ability to work independently and multi-task

  • Experience with statistical demand forecasting software needed such as SAP-APO, Logility, JDA Manugistics, Demand Solutions, etc.

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play.

Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and comply with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.