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Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) Supervisor - 2488 in Houston, TX at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 9/20/2017

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This is a key leadership position, reporting directly to the Materials Manager. This position will require an experienced S&OP / SIOP (Sales, Inventory and Operational Planning) leader able to facilitate and drive results in a fast paced and demanding growth environment, leveraging his/her strong interpersonal and leadership skills. This role will be challenged to build and implement a world class Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning process across the enterprise to improve customer satisfaction, profitability, inventory turns and working capital.  Key to success in this position is the ability to develop, lead and execute the business’s S&OP strategy, yielding improved value/experience for customers and enhanced revenue/margin growth for the business.


  • This role will lead the establishment and execution of the North American S&OP processes for the Pipe and Fittings division.
  • Execute all facets of the S&OP process to provide an optimum customer service level and working capital performance as defined by the organization’s business operating plans and strategic objectives.
  • Partner with product management and sales, to ensure the demand consensus process delivers an agreed upon, workable volume forecast (mid and long term); ensure gaps and overlaps are addressed, scenarios are completed and issues appropriately escalated to meet business objectives.
  • Integrate NAPCO, NASP, Royal Pipe and Fittings and other product demand signals to create a demand forecast.
  • Collaborate with Product Management, Sales, Operations, Logistics, Supply Chain, and Finance to ensure that the appropriate data is available and accurate to be reviewed at the S&OP process meetings and establish company’s Supply plan.
  • Lead the S&OP management reviews, prepare all data and metrics for review, identify gaps and scenarios that must be presented, guide final decision making on open items and trade-offs, and prepare escalations for executive review where appropriate.
  • Create the S&OP minutes, communicate key conclusion to stakeholders and perform follow up of the actions.
  • Recommend and maintain optimal inventory levels at various stages in the supply chain in order to achieve customer satisfaction levels as well as mitigate inventory exposure.
  • Analyze supply and demand issues and facilitate resolution throughout the supply chain.
  • Assist in quantifying and defining scope for capacity, resource, logistics, and supply chain planning.
  • Maintain forecasts and manage links between systems for forecasting, production scheduling, inventory management and product development utilizing various systems such as Stratum, SalesForce, SAP and JDE.
  • As integral part of company’s key business process systems’ selection, implementation, and execution, document and share “best practice” methods, processes and ideas across the business’s supply chain operations to drive continuous improvements in all aspects of business operations.
  • Lead Profit Improvement Plans aimed at improving current business processes.
  • Work to reduce the cost of sales and operations planning, recommending improvements to processes and procedures.


Directly supervises Capacity Analyst. 


  • Builds strong working relationships with internal and/or external customers.
  • Highly analytical and skilled in the use of data analytics to drive business results.
  • Utilizes change management methodologies to drive organizational change.
  • Expresses ideas effectively through sponsor presentations or less formally through written and verbal communications.
  • Financial Acumen and experienced in network optimization planning .
  • Excellent communication skills required.
  • SAP and JDE experience preferred.


  • 4 year degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, Business or Technology. 
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with Forecasting and S&OP management
  • Experience with relevant S&OP technologies such as ERP, Forecasting tools and capacity analyzers
  • Expert level knowledge of MS Office Suite
  • Experience in lean and other continuous improvement initiatives, including six-sigma applications.
  • Prior supervisor experience preferred.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  He employee frequently is required to walk.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perceptions, and the ability to adjust focus.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, and fumes or airborne particles.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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