• Job Locations US-AL-Huntsville
    Staff Req. #
    HDQ 18-056
    # of Openings
  • Position Summary

    As a key driver to the development and delivery of the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process, the S&OP Analyst will prepare advanced reporting and analysis critical for “C” level management business reviews. The S&OP Analyst will have a strong understanding of how to provide meaningful and actionable information utilizing large and often different types of data to facilitate effective decision-making processes that balances demand and supply, integrates financial and operational plans, and links high-level strategic plans with near-term operational plans.

    The S&OP Analyst will lead supply chain planning efforts and build tools and processes that support key objectives such as demand, capacity, and supply planning, inventory modeling, service, and revenue forecasting, plan optimization, and gap analysis. It is also critical that the S&OP Analyst coordinates and leads cross-functional efforts that identify key improvement opportunities, designs a plan of action, executes the plan, reports the results, and ensures sustainability.

    The S&OP Analyst will be responsible for a product portfolio that coincides with the level of experience.

    The S&OP Analyst will report directly to the Director of S&OP and will also support various areas of responsibility lead by the CFO.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Prepares and presents S&OP forecast to support the monthly “C” level management business reviews
    • Creates, monitors, and maintains S&OP metrics and key performance indicators, identifying resulting risks and opportunities
    • Consolidates and analyzes demand and supply information for the operational, tactical, and strategic plans
    • Supports ad hoc and established gap analysis for the executive team.
    • Develops advanced analytical tools and reporting to support the entire S&OP process
    • Drive objectives for on-time delivery, lead times, inventory turns, revenue attainment, etc
    • Helps facilitate cross-functional communication between the Business Units and Supply Chain in support of major S&OP initiatives, new product launches, line extensions, promotions, discontinuations, productivity projects, decision-making modeling of process flow, inventory levels, cost of manufacturing, distribution, transportation, etc…
    • Identify short-term and mid-term capacity risks, driving recommendations through the S&OP process
    • Work with Plant Managers and Value Stream Leaders to optimize production efficiencies with a focus on cycle times, batch sizes, working capital, and shift strategies
    • Drive optimization for Cost, Capacity and Customer Service
      • Work closely with supply and demand teams to develop ideal demand forecast and RCCP (Rough Cut Capacity Planning)
      • Starting with a consensus sales plan, generate a preliminary production plan consistent with planning method, target inventory policies, and available capacity
      • Determine target inventory and planning method policies for major products with input from business and segment leaders
      • Coordinate production priorities to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction
      • Work proactively with suppliers, manufacturing plants, DC Operations, Sales, Sales Operations, Product Management, Finance, and Demand Planning to ensure availability of finished goods to meet customer requirements while optimizing plans to meet organizational objectives.
      • Support decision-making and the improvement of critical processes including Production Scheduling, Materials Planning, Manufacturing, Inventory Planning, Capacity Planning, Transportation Planning, and Distribution Resource Planning.
      • Drive resolution to operational issues, while keeping cross-functional partners aware of supply and service issues
      • Attain and maintain subject matter expertise in all areas related to S&OP planning methods and planning tools
      • Responsible for system integrity relative to planning parameters (safety stock parameters, planning time fence, lot size, etc…)
      • Drive the weekly tactical S&OP process, including the balancing of demand and supply, the handoff between MPS and finite production schedule, and the reporting of critical items to key stakeholders.

    Skills and Education Required

    • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
    • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  


    • BA/BS college degree or its equivalent in relevant area –Supply Chain, Logistics, Operation Management, Industrial Engineering, Statistics, Economics, Finance, Mathematics, etc.; MBA a plus.



    • APICS CPIM/CSCP or Forecasting/Planning Certification preferred.
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience in Supply Chain/consumer products company.
    • Detailed and deadline-orientated to meet regular and periodic needs of the business for accurate and timely information.  Must demonstrate the capability of thoroughly reviewing and sense-checking results so that analysis is right the first time.
    • Capable of independently performing complex analysis where data gathering, working with internal and external stakeholders, selection of analytical methods, and synthesizing many quantitative and qualitative inputs is required.
    • Ability to clearly present results to business stakeholders through a variety of modes.  Must be able to create an executive level presentation that is results focused, “tell a story” that leads the audience to the proper conclusions or decisions relevant to the situation, manage multiple scenarios, make clear recommendations, and take risks when required.
    • Strong analytical capabilities including advanced knowledge of Excel developing complex formulas (ex: arrays, match index, vlookup, sumifs, sumproduct, pivot tables, named ranges, etc.)
    • Advanced knowledge of relational databases (data structure, SQL expressions, functions, make/append/delete/update queries, sub-queries, macros, etc.)
    • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including knowledge of operations tools and concepts such as DMAIC, Lean Manufacturing, and the Theory of Constraints.
    • Ability to work with teams, cross-functionally, and contribute positively in projects.
    • Demonstrated understanding of supply chain processes and inventory management strategies.
    • Possesses a complete understanding of Material Requirements Planning concepts and systems (e.g., planned versus unplanned demand, economic order quantity, cycle stock, safety stock, resource planning, material type, manufacture, lead times)
    • SAP/APO/BW/Business Objects/Tableau/Antivia knowledge a plus.
    • Strong communication skills, excellent interpersonal and influence abilities.
    • Strong focus on process/controls, excellent analytical skills.
    • Deals well with uncertainty and change.
    • Strong project management/organization skills.
    • Success in problem-solving and critical thinking.
    • Leads and drives change
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively multi-task in a dynamic and fast-paced environment is required


    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


    • APICS CPIM/CSCP or Forecasting/Planning Certification preferred.






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