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Inventory Coordinator

Mars, Incorporated
Brentwood, TN 37027
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A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize theres more to being in business than just making a profit. Thats the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because its never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. Its about how you can grab everything thats within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. Its about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means well all be a little better off. Its that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the worlds best-loved brands: M&Ms, SNICKERS, TWIX, MILKY WAY, DOVE, PEDIGREE, ROYAL CANIN, WHISKAS, EXTRA, ORBIT, 5, SKITTLES, UNCLE BENS, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl, VCA and Pet Partners. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

Purpose of Role

This position is primarily responsible for the optimization of Primes Inventory across the US Petcare network, accomplished through close collaboration with key stakeholders through formal and informal venues; ensuring a sufficient inbound pipeline for the manufacturing network, while reducing overall inventory financial exposure.

To realize this, the position must:

  • Gain deep understanding of inventory optimization tools through robust design of experiments, ultimately leading to model modification to most closely simulate Petcare supply chain as much as possible

  • Continuously refine model after each optimization iteration through evaluation of key business metrics against SKU level CSL performance

  • Conduct continuous what if scenarios to assist in business decisions such as time-phased sourcing, business target considerations/constraints, geographic sourcing, production cycles, and overflow sourcing

  • Identify inventory drivers continuously through Pareto analysis in order to assist the Inbound Operations and Souring teams to ensure that the inbound pipeline is sufficient while reducing overall inventory financial exposure

  • Collaborate with the inbound coordinators and ACMs to develop and maintain safety stock levels for all GRDs; position is responsible for GRD safety stock recommendations but inbound coordinators are responsible for planning to meet safety stock for their sites. This relationship requires tight and constant collaboration to succeed

  • Develop network optimization models to drive sourcing strategy development

  • Work with supply planning and sites to validate primes safety stock parameters and constraints

  • Work with commercial sourcing and operations to identify opportunities for inbound freight cost reduction

  • Lead inventory optimization process development and supporting implementation of inventory optimization tools

Principal Accountabilities

  • Optimize inventory quarterly and maintain safety stock settings in SAP

  • Monitor and trend safety stock data in order to identify gaps and opportunities for continuous pipeline flow to ensure targeted CSL

  • Validate optimization tool inputs through reviews with operations- and supply planning

  • Validate optimization outputs through business metric analysis and ACM collaboration

  • Develop seasonal approach to safety stock to optimize cost through periods of prebuild and normal production

  • Prepare inventory reports for the CLT and SCMR

  • Develop tools to assist in gaining insight into safety stock effectiveness and root cause analysis

  • Embrace and live the Mars culture by living The Five Principles

Critical Mars Leadership Capabilities

  • Engages Associates

  • Delivers Consistent Results

  • Creates Collaborative Relationships

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Self-motivated with a strong attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills

  • Strong verbal and written skills

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently, with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment

  • Strong customer focus and service orientation

  • Must be able to work cross-functionally in the business to bring information and knowledge to the team allowing inventory needs to flex appropriately to meet the anticipated needs of the business.

  • Expert knowledge of inventory management and forecasting principles

  • Comprehension of end-to-end supply chain and commercial environment, including lead times, sourcing, freight cost and inventory impacts to net working capital

  • Strong understanding of the material scheduling process and principles

  • Understanding of the production scheduling process and principles

  • Strong numerical, analytical, and critical thinking skills

  • Understanding of lean principles

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS / BA Business, Logistics, Supply Chain or quantitative discipline.

  • 3-5 years of experience managing inventory in a manufacturing environment.

  • Experience managing change and implementing Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, or Six Sigma initiatives.

  • Experience in providing operations perspective into overall inventory management strategy

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA or advanced degree

  • 5 years of experience managing inventory in a manufacturing environment.

  • Experience leading change and implementing Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma initiatives.

  • Experience in providing operations perspective into overall inventory management strategy


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Posted: 2019-10-10 Expires: 2019-11-08
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