Smithfield Foods

Associate Supply Planning Manager

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Supply Chain
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Corporate - Day Shift

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Your Opportunity

The Supply Chain team is looking for motivated professionals to facilitate the distribution of our great products to customers and consumers. These personnel can analyze production metrics against market needs in Supply & Demand Planning, focus on product transportation through Logistics, or ensure the shelves of your local grocery store are stocked by Direct Store Delivery.


The Associate Supply Planning Manager is a working manager position with responsibility of a category and managerial responsibilities for a group of Supply Planners. This role is responsible for an assigned planning category, and will handle master production scheduling & the management of finished goods, work in process, excess & obsolete inventory. From the managerial side, the Associate Supply Planning Manager is to ensure midterm to long-term supply plans are aligned with near-term manufacturing & working capital requirements for assigned planners. Key performance metrics include customer order fill rate, distress to sales ratio, and Days on Hand/Working Capital.  Manages data horizons of 26 – 52 weeks for capacity planning of production/labor resources. Managers will provide support and leadership to their team of supply planners, as well as act as a liaison with business partners regarding all supply chain related projects. The role requires an analytical thinker and a strong communicator with an eye for detail. Communication with business & manufacturing partners regarding capacity constraints & limitations is critical to the role. 

Core Responsibilities

  • From the Consensus Demand Plan, the role creates finished goods master production plan needed to support customer orders, forecasted demand & inventory stocking requirements.
  • Ensures all master scheduling, product replenishment & inventory management metrics are being met. Identifies action items & follows up on all supply planning related issues.
  • Completes standard day in the life, week in the life & month in the life duties – managing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Oversees and aids in optimizing inventory levels at both distribution centers and plants via various stocking policies – including the requirement for seasonal builds & coordinating storage strategies with distribution team.
  • Operates with a strong sense of urgency when solving for gaps in execution from plans.
  • Drives for decreasing inventory alert levels and inventory distress sales across assigned product categories.
  • Manages business factors for attaining targeted customer order fill rate of 98.5%.
  • Provides resolution to key shortage issues to upper management.
  • Supports and provides direction to marketing and sales regarding capacity availability or limitations for existing or new business simulations.
  • Interacts with all upstream & downstream business partners for strengthening of process opportunities and effectiveness across the company.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in supply chain management/operations/finance/engineering/mathematics, and 3+ years relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • APICS CPIM or CSCP certification, a plus.
  • Work experience in a team based environment within manufacturing or supply chain.
  • Experience handling highly complex networks within supply planning, inventory control, logistics management and/or manufacturing production in the perishable manufacturing environment, preferred.
  • Consumer Packaged Goods Industry experience, preferred.
  • Proficiency using PC-base Technology (Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word and Access).
  • Experience with SAP and its related supply chain applications.
  • Experience with Advance Planning Systems (Logility/JDA/APO/etc.), preferred.
  • Hands on experience with modeling, analysis & simulation tools.
  • Project management & process improvement experience.
  • Strong communications skills (oral and written), with a proven ability to understand key concepts and communicate cross-functionally, at multiple levels of management.
  • Strong organizational skills with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to understand the values of team members and support them appropriately.
  • High level of interpersonal skills & hands on experience working with multiple partners to resolve exceptions and negotiate best alternatives in meeting service level goals.
  • More interested in business results than personal preferences, and more interested in group, rather than individual achievement.
  • Works well under pressure with limited supervision, and able to make immediate value-based decisions.
  • Ability to perform in a command-and-control role and manage multiple priorities with competing demands.
  • Up to 15% travel.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation for assigned Supply Planners.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Careers and Benefits

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Why Work at Smithfield Foods 8-13-19

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 43,000 U.S. team members and 16,000 European employees are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” and have made us one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.


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