Planning Specialist - Manufacturer

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Job Type: Permanent
Salary ¥6000000.00 - ¥7500000.00 per annum
Specialization: Supply Chain, Procurement, Logistics & Transportation
Sub Specialization: Demand / Supply Planning, Inventory Planning / Inventory Control
Contact: Matthew Berzins
Reference: JO-2101-453609
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Note: Fluent ~ Native level Japanese required

[Company Description]
*Very good work life balance

Position Summary:

  • Work proactively with the marketing, sales, manufacturing, transportation, distribution and R&D departments, as well as with executive management, to understand business requirements and identify opportunities where supply chain optimization initiatives can add value
  • Work collaboratively with both internal and external partners to facilitate the development and implementation of these initiatives either domestically or globally as required
  • Work with Sales, Product, Marketing teams to create a demand forecast for a diverse product line with high volume and volatility and then to convert that forecast into an achievable MPS
  • The role will work collaboratively with the Product team, obtaining info on New Product Introduction (NPI) and End of Life (EOL) process status, issues, action plans, etc.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Monitor critical activities based on the project schedule and advise project management
  • Monitor day to day work progress and prepare the weekly and monthly program and report
  • Maintain and record update of site work progress obtained from Project Manager
  • Report to the Project Manager about the current work progress and make comparison between plan and actual progress and study impact of alternative approaches to work
  • Participate in and conduct project meetings and discussions with the Client as required
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time

Education and/or Certifications and/or Training:

  • Required: Bachelor's degree

Minimum Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a planning, demand forecasting, inventory management, allocation or replenishment, financial planning or financial analysis position

Business Knowledge, Skill Requirements, and Desired Attributes:

  • Proven work experience managing a high volume, large SKU base (5,000+)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to be strategic
  • Strong communication skills, ability to present complex information/recommendations to terms meaningful to various audiences
  • Ability to make quick decisions, at times with limited information and to synthesize large quantities of data to drive business decisions
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Knowledge of SAP R/3, Logility and SAP Business Warehouse; advanced data mining skills preferred
  • Ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Proven ability to participate, support and provide appropriate analysis for internal and external executive discussions to drive continuous improvement in business results and processes
  • Business level of English

[Employment Type]
Full time



Social insurance

Full 2 holiday week system (Sat/Sun) national holidays
New year's holiday
Annual Leave

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