Planner (Procurement - Energy Storage)

Engineering, Procurement, & Construction Greater Toronto Area, Canada


About Us

Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is a vertically integrated manufacturer of solar cells, modules, and custom-designed solar power applications. Canadian Solar’s world-class team of professionals works closely with our customers to provide them with solutions for all their solar needs. Founded in 2001, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s fastest-growing companies in the solar industry and has been listed on the NASDAQ since November 2006.


Position Summary

The Planner will coordinate and drive day-to-day procurement, project forecast, planning, and information management activities by partnering with Sourcing & Production to ensure project deliverables are being met.


Procurement Demand Forecasting

  • Work closely with global executive management, divisional managers, procurement specialist, production planners, project managers and business development leads to assure accurate forecasting of procurement demand and project execution milestones.
  • Collect, maintain & analyze sales demand forecasts to ensure up to date procurement forecasts.
  • Hold weekly calls with BD and Procurement to manage and maintain procurement forecasting data.
  • Hold weekly calls with Production Planning and Procurement to present updates demand forecasting.
  • Produce a bi-weekly procurement demand forecast for major equipment, including but not limited to battery energy storage products and inverter products

Project Execution Forecasting

  • Prepare detailed project Gantt charts and consolidated master project Gantt charts for tracking project progress on an ongoing basis.
  • Coordinate with global manufacturing, project management, purchasing, and logistics groups to ensure accurate project execution forecasting.

General Duties

  • Work closely with the business development team to maintain sales planning pipeline, Key Projects List and milestone schedules, and provide preliminary schedules for project opportunities
  • Develop & implement processes & process improvements related to forecasting & planning to adapt to rapid growth & development of the company.
  • Collaborate with global team to develop & maintain analytical tools for procurement forecasting, supplier performance and project operations data.
  • Draft and maintain project milestone schedule exhibits to aid contracting activities.
  • Assist with contract management and planning as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Logistics Management, Inventory Management, or relatable degree – Desired
  • 2-4 years procurement, forecasting, and planning experience within the renewable energy industry or automotive manufacturing space with a focus on equipment.
  • MS Office Word, Excel (formulas, pivot tables, macros, charts & graphs, etc.), PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Salesforce, MS Power BI, Project Management Software, ERP systems.
  • Experience managing and analyzing data & information to support overall procurement, forecasting, and planning.
  • Proven experience functioning in a fast-paced deadline sensitive environment with competing deliverables.
  • Experience working in a cross-collaborative cross-cultural
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, ability to communicate business needs in a clear and concise manner, ability to take ownership of deliverables, and able to work cross-collaborative & cross-cultural environment.


Compensation & Benefits

Canadian Solar offers a competitive salary plus fully comprehensive benefits and performance bonus package based on an annual objective achievement. Our generous benefits package includes a 401(k) Retirement Plan, medical/dental/life/disability program, PTO and sick days. 


Canadian Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.