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Smithfield Associate Supply Planner - Fresh in Smithfield, Virginia

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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 Planner is responsible for the finished goods replenishment planning of typically external purchased/co-packed finished goods. May be assigned internally produced finished goods with limited network complexities. Manages the inventory levels & production planning cycles – determining what to order, how much to order & when to order finished goods to support inventory & service level targets. The role also balances available stock within the distribution network for operational efficiencies with base & pre-build business situations.

Core Responsibilities

  • From the Consensus Demand Plan, the role decides finished goods needed to support customer orders, forecasted demand & inventory stocking requirements.

  • Establishes reorder quantities for finished goods, while considering supply lead time, warehouse and transportation constraints.

  • Actively interacts with demand management, manufacturing, quality, warehousing & transportation to solve finished goods issues & consumption patterns.

  • Measures, analyzes, and reports key process metrics, while monitoring adherence to key performance indicators (KPI) that are assigned to the assigned product categories.

  • Identifies possible material shortages against inventory plans and develops action items. Marshal resources to address action items and follow up on all material shortage-related issues.

  • Responsible for long-term capacity status, weekly category KPI updates, product shortage reporting & ad-hoc daily information flow amongst supply. planning partners (Demand Planning, Customer Service, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Logistics, Business Management).

  • Accountable for Key metrics to include:

  • Case Fill Rate %

  • Distress to Sales Ratio

  • Working Capital/Days On Hand Inventory (DOH)

  • Stock Transfer Order Utilization – Weights/Cube

  • Pre-build Monitoring – Production & Storage

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; 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, desirable.

  • Experience with SAP and its related supply chain applications, preferred.

  • Experience with Advance Planning Systems (Logility/JDA/APO/etc.) is desirable.

  • Proficiency using PC-base Technology (Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word and Access).

  • Strong technical skills around data management.

  • Understanding of technology tools that enable inventory planning, reporting, analysis & simulations.

  • Well organized, with strong attention to details.

  • Strong mathematical/statistical abilities.

  • Proven ability to build working business relationships.

  • Interpersonal skills to handle internal negotiations amongst departments in meeting service level goals.

  • Display a willingness to make timely decisions.

  • Able to provide data to support & explain reasoning for decisions.

  • Meets deadlines and works under pressure with limited supervision.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • 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.

  • 5% - 10% travel is required.

Careers and Benefits

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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 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 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 many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. 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,, and connect with us onFacebook ( , 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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Job LocationsUS-VA-Smithfield

CategorySupply Chain


FLSA StatusExempt

ShiftCorporate - Day Shift