Alliance Inventory Planner

Border States in Fargo, ND

  • Type: Full Time
position filled
Be part of a growing, successful company in an exciting and challenging field. Border States is 100% employee-owned, which means you’re empowered to make decisions, find solutions and receive rewards for your hard work.

This position will be located in: Fargo, ND

JOB SUMMARY

Responsible for adherence to the inventory management expectations of a set of key long-term contract “alliance” customers, including inventory turns and on-time delivery. Builds and maintains highly collaborative relationships with key alliance customer contacts and the sales teams that support them.

Creates and communicates high-level demand plans for key product families based on analysis of available data and close coordination with customers. Develops a deep understanding of customer operations and plans to provide a tailored customer experience and optimize the balance of inventory service and performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Essential Functions

Coordinates the development of alliance customer plans for product demand, stocking/replenishment status, and inventory stocking parameters such as reorder point, lead time and order quantity.


Integrates customer demand forecast information into BSE’s forecasting process and technical tools.

Engages alliance customers in joint problem solving for supply chain, demand planning, or material requirements planning challenges.

Develops and executes inventory management plans for BSE to support alliance customer business expansion, capital projects, and new customer implementations.

Coordinates product needs throughout the life cycle of large customer construction projects.


Collaborates and shares information with other teams that service alliance customer relationships, such as purchasing, pricing, sourcing, project management, and marketing.

Leads regular discussions with BSE branches who serve alliance customers and acts as pivot point between branches and corporate or suppliers.

Ensures alliance inventory business and data management processes align with dynamic customer needs and expectations which may include refinement of existing tools and processes or facilitating the design of a new tool and process.

Monitors alliance contract KPIs, such as on-time delivery and inventory turns, to identify trends and ensure that expectations are met or exceeded.

Presents status and progress on alliance inventory KPIs, capital projects, initiatives to branch leadership, key customer contacts, and executives.

Facilitates maintenance of alliance customer data, such as consigned inventory, customer part numbers, product standards changes and material transitions.

Ensures new customer implementations, development of system strategies and ongoing maintenance and improvement are in accordance with customer contracts and meet stated objectives.

Non-essential Functions

Assists utility purchasing team in storm response efforts for relevant alliance customer accounts.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor or other designate.

QUALIFICATIONS

A four-year business or technical degree or equivalent in work experience.

At least two years of experience in an inventory management, supply chain or demand/supply planning role.


Experience in wholesale distribution or electrical wholesaling and electrical or natural gas utility products.

Demonstrated competence with SAP materials management and GAINS demand planning.

Solid understanding of demand planning and forecasting concepts (trending, seasonality, etc.), inventory management and stocking parameters, such as order points, lead times and quantities

Experience with MS Excel/Access

COMPETENCIES

Must be able to read, write and speak in English.


Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication, reading, analytical, and customer service skills


Ability to effectively lead, plan, organize and negotiate.


Excellent customer service skills include being competent, accurate, responsive and engaged.

Our History

Border States is a leader in the electrical supply distribution industry with over 100 locations in 22 states. Our employee-owners are second to none in delivering top-notch customer service and in demonstrating extra-ordinary people skills. We are one of the largest independent electrical distributors in the United States providing products and services to the construction, industrial and utility industries. Border States has a competitive benefit package and is a 100 percent employee-owned company. Employee-ownership is a significant part of our culture and our success stems from the dedication of our employee-owners. We practice open-book management and our employee-owners are empowered with clearly defined levels of authority to be innovative and decisive, allowing us to respond quickly to the needs of customers. Employee-owners understand their roles in the success of the company and care about customers’ needs, which drives our focus on adding value to everything we do. We recognize that not all customers are the same and each has specific requirements. Our employee-owners understand these diverse needs and have the commitment, resourcefulness and flexibility to outperform all others.

Values

As a Border States employee-owner, you’re responsible for living our mission, service philosophy and service standards.

Mission

Border States provides value to our customers by delivering innovative product and supply chain solutions.

Service Philosophy

We earn customer loyalty and confidence by caring about their needs and adding value to everything we do.

Service Standards

Border States employee-owners are competent, accurate, responsive, and engaged .

Your career

Join an experienced team at one of the largest electrical distributors in the United States. What are you waiting for?

Equal Opportunity For All

It’s not just the law. It’s something we’ve believed in since our founding. We value the diversity of all of our employee-owners and will always be an equal opportunity employer.

Drug Free/Smoke Free workplace

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