Planning and Materials Manager - WATERLOO, Canada - Emerson

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    If you are an experienced Planning and Materials Manager looking for a great opportunity to grow, Emerson-Appleton Group Canada Ltd. has an exciting opportunity for you Based in our Elmira, ON location, reporting to the Plant Manager, you will be responsible to own and deliver the supply chain strategic roadmap for Appleton Group Canada. You will lead, develop, implement, and run supply chain activities to improve the service fill performance to our customers; Lead the complete planning, procurement and materials supply process; and be responsible for the procurement of all materials required by Appleton Group Canada, ensuring that standards for quality are consistent while achieving lowest possible purchase costs. As well as ensure achieving important metric target achievement as it relates to your area of responsibility.



    • Have the ability to implement new business strategies with strong change leadership skills. Learn how to achieve successful strategic change and innovation.
    • Lead the development of master plans for the execution of mid-to-long term production strategies in partnership with Sales and Operations teams
    • Lead the translation of Sales forecasts into production forecasts, ensuring material resources, production schedules, materials availability and production plans.
    • Data analyze for productivity, customer demand, performance, schedule adherence, and forecast accuracy ensuring oversight of inventory management for raw materials, ingredients, and packaging. Track, analyze, and report on capacity and provide regular updates and status reports to management.
    • Lead continuous improvement opportunities for supply chain processes and inspire changes.
    • Provide oversight to the ERP planning system from Sales forecast development through plant scheduling and shop-floor orders while developing schedule recommendations per capacity, allocation, product transfers, fill rates & costs.
    • Hold regular team-based meetings to review backorders, inventory aging reports, ETO orders, etc.; Evaluate business risk and work for strategically sound resolutions while providing insights and predictive analytics to support business decision making.
    • Coach, mentor, and trainer of all Supply Chain team members to improve performance and to develop and retain high-potential employees, leading all aspects of daily processes for effectively operations


    • Lead vendor selection and purchase sources, evaluating market conditions and driven pricing; alternative materials and sources, in conjunction with the buyer prepare and issue purchase orders.
    • Safeguard forecast accuracy targets and analysis of gaps and opportunities in line with financial plans. Responsible to meet Financial Review Inventory turns.
    • Develop ongoing purchasing strategies and identify process cost reduction opportunities while upholding quality of all goods purchased by the Company.
    • Work closely with Planner/Scheduler, Buyer and Production Supervisors to plan material requirements ensuring appropriate purchasing records.
    • Develop professional and diligent relationships with all vendors.


    • Initiate actions to ensure timely receipt of purchased materials to support both production and customer requirements. Build links to maintain a high level of service and quality.
    • Ensure expedite raw materials, maintenance supplies, safeguard on time delivery and continually refine the shipment forecast.
    • Review and follow up on special orders that historically had long time backlog.
    • Schedule incoming freight and co-ordinate Intracompany truck for pickup and delivery as required.
    • Ensure supply chain trade compliance as defined by Emerson.

    WHO YOU ARE: You stage activities with relevant achievements and schedules; Anticipate and adjust effective contingency plans and make implementation plans that allocate resources precisely. You acquire data from multiple and diverse sources when solving problems; and analyze the information to define problems accurately before moving to solutions. You consider all relevant factors and use appropriate decision-making criteria and principles, and actively seek input from pertinent sources to make timely and well-informed decisions. You anticipate land mines and plan approaches accordingly. You follow through on commitments and make sure others do the same and are completely on top of what is going on and know where things stand. You set stretch goals and objectives, pushing individuals or teams to perform at higher levels. You orchestrate multiple activities simultaneously to accomplish a goal and adapt quickly to changing resource requirements.


    • Degree or Diploma or equivalent experience in Supply Chain Management or industry related (Purchasing, Procurement, Logistics)
    • 7+ years' proven experience as Planning and Materials manager in Manufacturing set-up: Supply Chain Management, Inventory Control, Full Cycle Planning. Purchasing and Forecasting
    • Excellent hand-on abilities within ERP/MRP: Oracle (preferred), SAP, or other top Enterprise Resource Planning systems
    • Advanced ability to perform forecast to planning analysis: demand trends, inventory usage, seasonal putdown strategies for market advantage/capacity utilization development plans,
    • Solid understanding of production process and products to resolve most appropriate purchases, deliveries, cost and production.
    • Very comfortable with spreadsheets and worksheet data analyzing with advanced skills in Excel, Pivot Table, PowerBI, etc.
    • Excellent negotiation skills are required to secure the best prices, terms and delivery dates combined with strong critical thinking and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to take care of suppliers in an assertive, direct and intensive manner.
    • Excellent knowledge of finance, economics and marketing are required.
    • Must be able to work in stressful situations resulting from multiple demands and constantly evolving priorities, flexible working hours, and limited travel.
    • Proven track record to build and maintain productive and cohesive relationships with peers and cross-functional teams.
    • Good organizational skills are required to plan, set, and change priorities.
    • Legal authorization to work in Canada – sponsorship will not be provided for this position.


    • Oracle experience preferred
    • Good knowledge of importing and exporting procedures
    • Broad background in manufacturing technology and line operating experience and skills to learn/guide new technical applications and tools.


    Flexible Work Schedule - Remote Work Option:

    This role has the flexibility of a remote work option up to three days a week. Our teams work together to ensure our chosen work schedules enable our creativity and efficiency as we serve the needs of our customers.

    We recognize the importance of employee wellbeing and know that to do your best you must have flexible, competitive benefit plans to meet you and your family's physical, mental, financial, and social needs. We provide a variety of medical insurance plans, with dental and vision coverage. Employee Assistance Program, Defined Contribution Pension Plan (DCPP), tuition reimbursement, employee resource groups, recognition, and much more. Our culture prioritizes work-life balance and offers flexible time off plans, including paid parental leave (maternal and paternal), vacation and holiday leave.

    At Emerson, we are committed to fostering a culture where every employee is valued and respected for their unique experiences and perspectives. We believe a diverse and inclusive work environment contributes to the rich exchange of ideas and diversity of thoughts, that inspire innovation and brings the best solutions to our customers.

    The philosophy is fundamental to living our company's values and our responsibility to leave the world in a better place. Learn more about our Culture & Values ) and about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Emerson ) .

    Our training programs and initiatives focus on end-to end development, from onboarding through senior leadership. We provide a wide range of development opportunities, including face-to-face and virtual training, mentorship, and coaching, project management, and on-the-job training.




    Our Commitment to Our People

    At Emerson, we are motivated by a spirit of collaboration that helps our diverse, multicultural teams across the world drive innovation that makes the world healthier, safer, smarter, and more sustainable. And we want you to join us in our bold aspiration.

    We have built an engaged community of inquisitive, dedicated people who thrive knowing they are welcomed, trusted, celebrated, and empowered to solve the world's most complex problems — for our customers, our communities, and the planet. You'll contribute to this vital work while further developing your skills through our award-winning employee development programs. We are a proud corporate citizen in every city where we operate and are committed to our people, our communities, and the world at large. We take this responsibility seriously and strive to make a positive impact through every endeavor.

    At Emerson, you'll see firsthand that our people are at the center of everything we do. So, let's go. Let's think differently. Learn, collaborate, and grow. Seek opportunity. Push boundaries. Be empowered to make things better. Speed up to break through. Let's go, together.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Emerson is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply including women, Aboriginal Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are available at all stages of recruitment, selection, and employment.

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    Emerson is a global leader in automation technology and software. Through our deep domain expertise and legacy of flawless execution, Emerson helps customers in critical industries like life sciences, energy, power and renewables, chemical and advanced factory automation operate more sustainably while improving productivity, energy security and reliability.

    With global operations and a comprehensive portfolio of software and technology, we are helping companies implement digital transformation to measurably improve their operations, conserve valuable resources and enhance their safety.

    We offer equitable opportunities, celebrate diversity, and embrace challenges with confidence that, together, we can make an impact across a broad spectrum of countries and industries. Whether you're an established professional looking for a career change, an undergraduate student exploring possibilities, or a recent graduate with an advanced degree, you'll find your chance to make a difference with Emerson. Join our team – let's go

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