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Sr. PLCM Planner

Spectrum Brands – Lake Forest, CA

Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) is a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders hardware, faucets, and commercial locksets and doors, with a portfolio of renowned brands, including Kwikset, Weiser, Baldwin, National Hardware, Stanley, FANAL, Pfister, EZSET, and Tell. HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets (Kwikset), Canada residential locksets (Weiser), U.S. luxury locksets (Baldwin), and U.S. builders hardware (Stanley-National Hardware), #2 in Mexico residential hardware (Fanal), #3 in U.S. retail plumbing (Pfister), and #1 in U.S. retail commercial locksets. Headquartered in Orange County, California, HHI has a global sales force and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Asia. HHI is a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.

Job Summary

The primary role of the PLCM Senior Planner is to ensure smooth product launches and end of line transitions. In relation to PLCM, Senior PLCM Planner manages the replenishment of finished goods to and from the Manufacturing Plants and/or third party vendors to the Distribution Centers as required to ensure the balanced supply of product and inventory levels. Works with Demand Planning, Supply Planning, Customer Service, and Sales/Marketing to stay connected and implement needed changes in demand and supply as products move into new lifecycles stages. Owns New Product Introduction (NPI) meetings and holds weekly 1:1 meetings with the Demand & Marketing teams to establish a strong collaborative and closed loop communication process. Works closely with the E&O team in efforts to mitigate inventory prior to the point of financial reserves. Leads process improvement projects within the Supply Chain organization.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities

40% Multifunctional Collaboration/Problem Solver

  • Participates in monthly PSI handshake meetings to represent PLCM activities
  • Works closely with Marketing on planning new product introduction, customer mix reset management and product packaging changes
  • Establishes & executes action plan to achieve monthly inventory goals & fill rate measurements
  • Supports the S&OP process. Ensures the efficient planning of product promotions, new production introductions and product deletions
  • Identifies and resolves supply and demand issues in order to maximize fill rates and minimize inventory
  • Assists planners in managing supply plan to meet inventory targets & positive sku health
  • Supports the management of excess and obsolete finished goods inventories. Supports key performance improvement initiatives

30% NPI Process Management

  • Manages & maintains FG Item Setup process in all systems
  • Coordinates & communicates cross-functionally as needed to deliver on NPI and Product Discontinuances to targeted dates
  • Acts as key point of contact for Supply Chain on NPI related activities
  • Leads NPI meetings & 1:1 meetings with Marketing and Demand Planning
  • Escalates issues when required capacity/supply needs are not met for customer delivery dates
  • Provides new product and promotion volume information to vendors to initiate production planning
  • Provides vendors updates on significant demand changes (product updates, promotions, deletions, rework, etc.)

30% Continuous Process Improvement

  • Identifies and leads Process Improvement Projects within the Supply Chain organization

Education and Experience Profile

    • BA/BS Required, MBA desired
    • 5+ years of experience in Supply Chain required
    • ASCM Membership and Participation encouraged
    • APICS Certified CPIM, CSCP, and/or CLTD desired

Required Skills

    • Extensive functional knowledge of planning, forecasting and related supply chain areas
    • Proficient with Excel
    • Experience leading projects, and/or business teams or providing key technical expertise
    • Strong communication and presentation skills
    • Experience with JDA and/or SAP a plus
    • Extensive functional knowledge of planning, forecasting and related supply chain areas
    • Proficient with Excel
    • Experience leading projects, and/or business teams or providing key technical expertise
    • Strong communication and presentation skills
    • Experience with JDA and/or SAP a plus

Work Environment

Working conditions are normal for an office environment.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job/classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


Spectrum Brands is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


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