Job ID: 2017-3383

Brand: Kao USA

Location: US - OH - Cincinnati

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This individual will be responsible for ordering raw/packaging materials to support finished good production at Kao plants or Contract Manufacturers, and/or creating finished good production plans for products produced at Contract Manufacturers. The primary objectives of this role include optimizing inventory, ensuring high customer order fill rate, minimizing obsolete and slow moving, and ensuring cohesive and collaborative internal and external partnerships.


  • Develop daily, weekly, or monthly ordering plans by reviewing forecast streams, demands for promotions, production schedules, and inventory positions at the SKU level. Balance orders against vendor capability and continuously optimize inventory to support KPTs (Key performance targets).
  • Place and monitor purchase orders to support production plans with consideration to minimum order requirements, lead times, cost effectiveness, batch splits, seasonality, as well as any upcoming restages, product changes and new product launches.
  • Contribute to cross functional teams, including NPD (new product development), Consensus/Forecasting, Obsolete, Critical Sku Information reviews, Scheduling meetings, and others as required.
  • Proactively identify potential stock issues and communicate to cross functional groups to support effective prioritization and decision making in production scheduling or customer order fulfillment.
  • Identify potential slow-moving or obsolete inventory and communicate to drive disposition and appropriate decision making. Prevent and/or minimize by facilitating cross functional discussions when appropriate.
  • Lead vendor calls, supporting collaborative partnerships with domestic and international suppliers and affiliates.


  • Ideal candidate is a recent college gradutate with 1-3 years experience.
  • Previous experience in Supply Chain or Operations, preferred
  • Communicates clearly, with credibility and confidence.
  • Commitment to demonstrate a service oriented approach to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Executes sound decision making; can explain options considered, and rationale for path chosen.
  • Effectively sets priorities to meet expectations of internal and external cross functional parties. Multi-Tasking dynamic demands.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Operations or Supply Chain Management strongly preferred.
  • APICS (American Production & Inventory Control Society) or other Certification preferred.

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