Newell Brands Supply Planner - Outdoor and Recreation in Chicago, Illinois

Position Title: Supply Planner

Location: Chicago/Outdoor & Recreation Division

Reports To: Manager, Supply Planning

The Supply Planner is responsible for the purchasing plan to assure product availability to meet customer service demands and meet or exceed business objectives. The Planner works closely with the Demand Planning, Customer service, Sales and Marketing teams on a timely basis to provide accurate information regarding finished goods deliveries and product availability.


Tactical – Supply Planning

  • Supply planning to deliver Service Level and Inventory targets

  • Reviews requisition recommendations and adjusts purchase orders as needed; identify potential substitutions to satisfy customer needs.

  • Manages purchase order status and amendments.

  • Manage any Level Load and capacity management contracts with vendors

  • Updates Delivery Schedules and Delivery Dates in SAP

  • Tracks Shipments

  • Manages Repacking/Rework Projects as necessary

  • Identifies and resolves conflicts with respect to materials and capacity availability

  • Other tasks that support overall supply planning function, as required.

Strategic – Supply Planning

  • Manages lead time deviation review and adjustment in identifying risks and opportunities.

  • Works with vendor through operations team in Asia to resolve conflict on delayed POs due to either internal issues or vendor issues

  • Responsible for total inventory. Monitors inventory level to ensure customer service metrics and inventory goals will be achieved.

  • Updates inventory replenishment parameters for existing and new SKUs

  • Works with key suppliers to understand monthly/weekly constrained production plan.

  • Evaluates MRP replenishment signals to optimize finished goods purchases to account for optimal inventory levels across the network, available supplier capacity and efficient inbound container shipment.

  • Determines future potential negative inventory situations. Facilitate meetings with internal team of Sourcing, Product and Sales management with the goal of deriving solutions beneficial to customers.

  • Makes strategic recommendations for improved processes such as new production introductions, order and supplier management, inventory management

  • Adheres to /Improving necessary processes, systems, reports, KPI's

  • Supports financial management goals

  • Leads and/or participates in S&OP processes.

  • Recommends and activates disposition strategies for blocked, excess and obsolete inventory

  • Partners with marketing, sales, and R&D teams to effectively manage new product introductions, end of life phase-outs, promotions, portfolio management (SKU Rationalization), and related processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience, preferred.

  • 0-2 years of related experience in consumer products industry.

  • Knowledge/understanding of supply chain and inventory management processes.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Advanced PC skills with strong proficiency in Excel, database and analytical tools (lookups, pivots, formulas, data visualization, etc.)

  • Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Experience and skill with SAP APO, BW and R/3 systems preferred

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Jostens, Marmot, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, 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.