Supply Chain Planner

Operations Highland Park, Illinois


Position at Autocar Parts, LLC

Do you want to be a Supply Chain Planner at Autocar Parts?

Are you obsessed with customer focus and meeting the end user’s needs? Do you feel stifled by bureaucracy? Have an entrepreneurial drive? Do you refuse to let obstacles get in the way of achieving results?

At GVW/Autocar, we fight for the driver’s needs. We are disrupting the industry by putting the driver’s needs first. Every truck we make is custom-engineered, and custom-made, specifically for that customer—no mass production here.  Because we engineer trucks differently, we deliver trucks faster than the competition, and they WORK. The truck has more up-time, is more comfortable for the driver, and is safer—40% fewer crashes with injury than the industry average.* For the life of the truck, we have around the clock support.

It takes a special kind of person to be a part of this business in transformation. We are privately owned and expect our team members to act with an owner mindset: Relentless about creating value for the end user. Dogged about finding efficiencies and eliminating waste. Standing arm and arm with the rest of the team until the job is done—and ready to do it again the next day, with a smile.

It is not easy do things differently in this industry. But we do it—because we are passionate about improving the lives of the drivers that use our trucks.

 Autocar Parts is currently looking for an experienced Supply Chain Planner. This position is a key role within our strategic plan for efficient management of resources. An enthusiastic self-starter with a strong drive to improve existing processes and systems is highly desired. Excellent organizational skills, ability to balance immediate/long term priorities and exceptional multitasking skills are a necessity. Key objectives will be achieving/improving/exceeding targeted purchasing standards and goals, managing inventory levels and targets, and managing supply and demand within the product supply chain.

Your Mission:

The mission of our Supply Chain Planner is to manage an assigned supply base, projects, and strategic initiatives to advance sustainable planning prowess for Autocar.  The Supply Chain Planner will drive analytics, systemic actions, and behavioral decision making to ensure right parts, in right quantities are available, as needed and scheduled, in support of our customers.

Plan and execute procurement of finished goods from manufacturers and suppliers
Maintain strong working relationships and communications directly with the manufacturers and suppliers to confirm production/shipping schedules and monitor open purchase orders for all orders to ensure on-time deliveries
Develop and maintain a strong business relationship with domestic and international suppliers
Proactively report product and material availability issues
Maintain, monitor MRP reports; revise essential system planning data in ERP to ensure planning system is effectively planning future requirements
Maintain purchase order status and shipment tracking information in  ERP system
Maintaining appropriate inventory levels to support sales.
Participate and contribute to monthly Sales and Operations Planning process
Complete special projects and assignments as requested

Supply Chain Planning experience, long lead time procurement and kit planning helpful.
Strong analytical, planning and organizational skills including statistical analysis
Strong interpersonal and communications skills (oral & written)
Proficient in Microsoft Office, Expert level in Excel
Fully competent MRP skills
Knowledge of planning triggers/settings (safety stock, Min/MAX, batch quantity)
Advanced Supply Chain Planning experience as well as understanding of Demand Planning, Inventory Planning and Distribution Requirements Planning
Self-starter with ability to work independently under pressure and react quickly to changing priorities
Bachelor’s Degree Required; preferred supply chain, logistics or mathematics focus
At least 2 years’ experience as supply chain planner in a distribution environment
APICS or similar certification prefer

Where will you work? This role is located in the Chicagoland area reporting into GVW/Autocar Part’s Companies in Highland Park, IL.

What do we offer in benefits? We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package, to include base salary, incentive bonus opportunities, and benefits such as medical/dental/vision options, 401K plan, etc.