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Location: - (Minnetonka, Minnesota, Mid-West United States, USA)
Open Til: 18-Mar-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Agronomy
Career Type: General
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
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Division: Production & Supply
Function: Planning (S&OP, Operations)
State/Province: Minnesota [MN]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Operational Planning Analyst
Job ID: 2863
This role is responsible for maintaining a balance between supply and demand within North America (NA) Seeds as they relate to the operational short-term plan based on crop or species.
Accountabilities: Manage and communicate supply numbers to appropriate stakeholders
Review allocations, direct order changes, and implement allocation changes in the system
Serve as liaison between Plant Operations, Distribution, and Customer Care to oversee and communicate necessary order adjustments to meet financial goals and satisfy customer needs
Work with commercial and crop teams to balance supply and demand
Provide support through communication, reporting and data analysis the critical interface between brand, supply planning, production scheduling and logistics to develop variety and site-specific conditioning schedules
Identify and utilize quality supply for different bagging and treatment strategies
Formulate conditioning strategies to minimize interplant costs and facilitate on-time deliveries
Maintain effective working relationships with other key stakeholders across functions and geographies as required
Ensure best use of technology to make processes effective and efficient
Support special projects for Seeds Operational Planning as necessary
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Critical knowledge: :
B.S. Degree, or comparable experience in related field
A broad knowledge of Syngenta's product portfolio and of corresponding markets.
General sales, marketing and technical skills; knowledge of product lines; knowledge of customers and distribution channels; previous seed experience business a plus.
Broad understanding of IS systems and tools
Experience in production planning, sales, and/or customer service or relations.
Innovative thinking, desire for continuous improvement.
Experience or knowledge of SAP system, Microsoft Excel and Access and other programming, such as VBA.
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges: Engaging with other internal and cross-functional colleagues to continuously strive for process improvement and efficiencies.
Ensure that Sales & Marketing's, Plant Operations', Distribution's and Supply Planning's needs and points of view are represented as possible resolutions to issues are explored.
Build a high level of credibility with all business units; add value that is tactical and strategic
Critical technical, professional & personal capabilities:
The candidate must have the following competencies:
Drive for Results - can be counted on to successfully exceed goals; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; is very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
Resilience - candidate must be able to recover rapidly from adversity, change or misfortunate; must have the ability to bounce back from difficult situations; have the capacity to make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out; candidate must have a positive view of self and confidence in his/her strengths and abilities.
Decisive - candidate will have the ability to make timely and well thought out recommendations, supported by proper underlying data and analysis, and swiftly executive/ implement decisions.
Customer Focus - candidate must be dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of external customers and clients; obtain first-hand customer information and use it for improvements in products and services; act with customer in mind; establish and maintain effective relationships with customers to gain their trust and respect.
Planning - accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and project; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and tasks/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.
Organizing - can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently; arranges information and files in a useful manner.
Functional/Technical - has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
Integrity and Trust - candidate must be widely trusted; seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; does not misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.
The candidate must be team focused and exhibit a passion for continued success.
Candidate must possess good interpersonal and communications skills (written and verbal).
Candidate must have personal computing skills and adapt easily to new technology.
Candidate must exhibit patience, discipline, time management skills and ability to teach.
Critical leadership Capabilities:
Sets ambitious strategic goals - uses foresight to develop ambitious strategies, and aligns individual and team objectives with bigger picture.
Focuses on customers - is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.
Manages for performance - skillfully plans, organizes and monitors performance to create value and achieve excellence in delivery.
Steps beyond comfort zones - provides support for individuals and teams to work at their creative edge. Manages risk and is able to work with uncertainty.
Travel requirement & other information:
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Ability to work days, evenings and weekends
Must be able to travel by car or plane.
Ability to operate standard office equipment including phone, fax, copier and computer.
Ability to sit and work on a computer for an extended period of time.
Ability to use telephone or participate on teleconferences for extended periods of time.
WORKING CONDITIONS WHILE PERFORMING ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
95% of work performed in standard office; 5% of work performed in field locations or meetings General office environment.
Computer usage for extended periods of time.
Must have a valid driver's license
All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Two years current position preferred. Candidates who have been in their current position a minimum of one year will be considered if they have the approval of their cu