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Do you have a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management or Business?
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Do you have 3-5 years of material planning experience in a manufacturing setting?
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Do you have experience with ERP platforms?
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Material Planner / Sourcing Agent
IN - Bristol

Opportunity Snapshot
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Take Ownership of an Important Aftermarket Supply Chain Position and Make an Impact While Adding to Your Skills and Experience

If you combine material planning experience in a manufacturing environment, ideally including aftermarket durable goods, with excellent forecasting skills and the ability to concisely and effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders, the role of demand planner / sourcing agent offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:
  • Make an impact as you create accurate forecasts, over both the short and long terms, to support Aftermarket Sales and Operations.
  • Add to your skills and experience through strong training, the support of a seasoned team, and ample opportunities to learn. For example, while aftermarket and truck/automotive experience is preferred, we'll help you fill in any knowledge gaps. Additionally, there are some exciting projects underway, meaning you can work beyond your job description.
  • Enjoy wide visibility as you work with people in a variety of functional areas from the Warehouse group to Quality, Sales, Finance and others, and gain a broad understanding of our operations.
  • Enjoy an interesting, dynamic and rewarding role, working with a large inventory -- we support between 10-15,000 aftermarket SKUs.
  • Enjoy the stability and resources of an industry leader with a history of success and strong and stable financials. As other companies are contracting, we continue to grow, even during the pandemic. In fact, this role is being added to help us meet increasing demands.
Utilimaster moves ahead of the competition when commercial trucks and upfit services require precision, planning, peerless people, and the perfect vehicle. Our vehicles deliver for well-respected global brands in the package delivery, ecommerce, food and beverage, linen and laundry, grocery and pharmaceutical markets. Utilimaster is a top-tier go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group (NASDAQ: SHYF), North America's leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets. The Shyft Group rebranded in 2020 to reflect a new focus on high-growth end markets to help ensure long-term profitable growth.

Pictured: Utilimaster's Velocity F-Series offers big-truck interior space without requiring a commercial driver's license -- thus expanding the pool of potential drivers for fleet operators. You will see these vehicles on the road and be able to tell friends and family, "I'm part of the team that builds those."
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Key Role Ensuring the Right Aftermarket Parts & Assemblies are in the Right Place at the Right Time

The Requirements
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To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have material planning experience in a manufacturing environment. In addition, to be a good fit for the Material Planner / Sourcing Agent opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management or Business is highly preferred, or willing to obtain with equivalent work experience  Quick question for you - click here
  • 3-5 years of material planning experience in a manufacturing setting  Quick question for you - click here
  • Experience with aftermarket durable goods is highly preferred
  • Experience in the truck or automotive industry preferred
  • Strong inventory forecasting and planning skills
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The Role
If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.
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Reporting to the Materials Planner Supervisor, as Materials Planner / Sourcing Agent, you will be responsible for procuring parts and assemblies for repairs and upfits to support aftermarket customers. You will look at historical demand patterns, track order history through calls and e-commerce channels, analyze inventory data, and be responsible for forecasting, controlling inventory levels and ensuring the on-time delivery performance of suppliers. You will also use established processes to ensure the optimal flow of parts from suppliers' facilities through delivery. 
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Why Join Us
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Training and advancement
This is a role where there is a lot to learn. You'll train with your supervisor and the lead supplier and buyer, and enhance your skills as you take on increasingly complex responsibilities, set to ramp up as you train. While you could be happy and challenged in this role for years to come, success could also set you up to pursue opportunities in material planning and other areas. 

Professional development
The Shyft Group and Utilimaster are committed to the professional development of our team. You won't be siloed and can pursue advancement opportunities in Bristol or at other Utilimaster locations. You'll also have ample opportunity to demonstrate your talent and be recognized for your contributions. 

Stability and growth
The Shyft Group is financially sound and will continue to be an aggressive market disrupter through strategic acquisitions, relevant product innovations, and aggressive growth models that serve strong and growing end markets. Be assured, our accelerated growth trajectory will create opportunities for strong performers.

Focused transformation
Utilimaster, alongside The Shyft Group's family of well-respected brands, continues to lead in every segment in which they compete. The Shyft name represents speed, efficiency, agility, and a high-intensity approach, which corresponds with the company's pivot in market focus and the forward momentum garnered in the work truck, specialty service, and delivery vehicle markets.

Driven to deliver
Ever evolving and advancing, The Shyft Group is driven to make an impactful difference in how effectively goods, people, and services are delivered in today's and tomorrow's marketplace. Through our unmatched industry knowledge, engineering expertise, and manufacturing reach, we continue to deliver job-enhancing, efficiency-driving, ever-reliable products and services made for the road ahead.

Excellent compensation
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance plans; a health savings account; a flexible savings account; wellness credits; a wellness program; a 401(k) plan with a corporate match; an employee stock purchase program and more. 
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More Insight
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More about the requirements
In addition to the qualifications listed under The Requirements tab, we're looking for a professional who has:
  • Familiarity with end-to-end supply chain management
  • Intermediate computer skills, including:
    • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, including strong Excel skills
    • Experience with ERP software  Quick question for you - click here
    • Experience with forecasting and planning tools
  • A proven ability to quickly learn a large array of products and components
Just as important will be the following competencies and characteristics:
  • Leadership skills with a team-player and customer-centric approach
  • Strong learning acumen with the ability to stretch, think creatively and challenge yourself
  • Ability to effectively communicate with multiple levels and titles and coordinate with cross-functional teams
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with and consistent attention to detail
  • Sound judgment with the ability to make timely decisions
  • Self-motivation with the ability to effectively prioritize and execute responsibilities, handle multiple projects, stay on task and meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities
You will work the day shift  (8 AM to 5 PM) at our large, Bristol North Distribution Center. As an essential business, we have strong protocols in place across all of our campus operations to protect our employees and safeguard their health. 

More about your role
Initially, you will be responsible for purchasing inventory that has firm demand, that is, there is an existing customer order for which we don't have inventory available, and work/grow into responsibilities associated with demand forecasting. Because you will focus on aftermarket stock covering years of equipment, you will leverage strong problem-solving skills and creativity as you source.

To further help you understand the role, here is a sampling of specific responsibilities:
  • Manage assigned aftermarket parts and their respective suppliers, including all problem resolutions.
  • Submit quote requests to vendors.
  • Update cost and lead times in the ERP.
  • Log purchase order receipt confirmations.
  • Proactively confirm delivery against purchase orders and take action if necessary.
  • Revise purchase order due dates.
  • Develop suppliers to ensure improved delivery performance and inventory control.
  • Monitor and update supplier lead times for system accuracy.
  • Validate and perform root cause analysis for missed deliveries.
  • Work with Purchasing, Operations, Finance, and the vendor(s) to determine and implement appropriate inventory levels, minimum order requirements, economic order quantities, delivery offsets, and supplier lead times.
  • Help monitor and manage freight/logistics costs.
  • And more.
This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

More about your success

Material planning and forecasting expertise will be essential, but just as important will be the interpersonal skills to interact effectively with a variety of individuals at all organizational levels, both internally and externally. You'll need to be able to influence and motivate others, and practice excellent follow-up habits to make sure you have the information you need. You should take a customer service approach to these interactions, but there may be times when you need to be diplomatically assertive.

You'll know you're hitting the mark when you're consistently hitting KPIs (e.g., fill rates, inventory obsolesce, inventory metrics, lead times, etc.). In addition, in order to be an outstanding Material Planner / Sourcing Agent, you will:
  • Bring strong self-motivation and a creative and innovative approach to achieving goals and solving problems
  • Be proactive about getting up to speed quickly
  • Use your organizational skills to stay one step ahead of a large array of tasks and deadlines
  • Pay attention to details and also grasp the bigger picture and why the details are important
  • Achieve goals independently and also contribute as a team player
  • Bring a strong sense of ownership and accountability
  • Keep a constant eye out for ways to improve processes
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Utilimaster is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at laura.eaton@theshyftgroup.com.