Grinnell Chamber

Inventory Supply Planner I

Company: Brownells

Full time
Posted: 08/31/2020
Grinnell, IA



This position is responsible for maintaining appropriate levels of inventory and product availability for products. This position is responsible for setting up and maintaining item masters and BOM (Bills of Material) relationships for products. Will work closely with Demand Planner to assist in developing and managing a statistical forecast model that accurately reflects market conditions while minimizing our inventory investment. This person will assist in managing the product life cycle.



  • Monitors inventory levels to ensure adequate availability and inventory levels to meet targeted metric performance goals.
  • Responsible for updating all new costs into the business system and communicates these changes to manager.
  • Execute order parameters within the business system (COBOL) and the Demand Planning system (DSX)
  • Responsible for daily analysis and review of all product needs to ensure attainment of set fulfillment rates Build and maintain supply model
  • Balance and optimize inventory at supplier level
  • Resolve inventory administrative issues.
  • Understand that supply and logistics is a system of organizations, people, technology, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer.
  • Possess basic knowledge of supply chain activities, including transformation of natural resources, raw materials, and components into a finished product that is delivered to the end customer.
  • Recognize the ways that supply chains link value chains.
  • Understand the influence of demand on the process design.
  • Understand the network of interconnected businesses involved in the ultimate provision of product and service packages required by end customers.
  • Demonstrate the ability to visualize the total process and aid in locating problem areas.
  • Responsible for executing supply plan
  • Responsible for maintaining supplier relationships.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to execute product development plan.
  • Manages the day to day tactical relationship with suppliers
  • Execute Procure to pay process including but not limited to releasing purchase orders, troubleshooting operational issues and resolving supplier invoice issues.
  • Understand the impact of business KPI’s on how each impacts the business.



Education and Experience

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required
  • Two to four years of relevant experience or equivalent education (AA degree and 2 years of relevant experience)
  • AA or BA/BS degree preferred, but not required


Knowledge & Skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, in particular MS Excel
  • Previous ERP experience preferred
  • Industry and competitive landscape
  • Product knowledge
  • Mathematical Concepts and Applications
  • Project Time Management
  • Active Listening
  • Organization
  • Advanced Excel (formulas, V-Lookup)
  • Analysis
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Effective Communication
  • Transportation, distribution, logistics
  • Warehousing
  • Inventory management
  • Accountability and responsibility

Leadership Competencies

  • Customer Focus (L1)
  • Creativity and Innovation (L1)
  • Teamwork and Collaboration (L1)
  • Communication and Interpersonal Effectiveness (L1)
  • Drive for Results (L2)
  • Negotiation (L1)
  • Planning and Results Orientation (L2)


Physical Demands

  • Sedentary work. Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like docket files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.


Physical Hazards – Health and Safety Concerns

  • General office environments
  • Ergonomics


DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. In addition, the employer may consider whether the individual applying for or holding the position is qualified.  There are two steps involved in this determination.  The first concerns whether the applicant or current employee satisfies the prerequisites for the position.  The second step involves whether or not the person can perform the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

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