The Inventory Analyst for Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDupont, is responsible for controlling inventory-
related activities for seed the Europe region. As part of the regional Integrated Operations team, the analyst will have responsibility for the following : ensuring accuracy of physical and financial inventory forecasts and writedowns;
verifying and controlling new crop unit characterization throughout the production cycle; understanding and optimizing inventory health;
defining appropriate inventory buffering strategies; and driving streamlined systems and reporting enhancements and innovations to support the above activities.
The IA will develop appropriate KPIs to measure and track success of the above activities.
The IA is accountable for ensuring accurate, reliable, and predictable data and intelligence regarding physical and financial inventory through the planning, production, processing, allocation, sales, return, and discard phases.
The role will require significant interface with production, quality supply, sales, finance, and accounting colleagues across the enterprise.
The scope includes all European product lines.
DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES
Coordinate processes to ensure the accuracy of all inventory-related reports in SAP and other relevant systems throughout the production process (from field to final bagging) :
Support new crop field estimation process, including incorporating quality parameters to improve the final-unit inventory estimates coming from the field teams;
Establish and monitor KPIs for field teams regarding accuracy of field level estimates;
Standardize and streamline the new crop unit estimates across physical from harvest through sample sizing to final unit bagging;
Develop and maintain standardized SAP reports to ensure accurate inventory characterization in all plants;
Establish and monitor KPIs for plant / QS teams regarding accuracy and completeness of SAP inventory;
Identify and propose solutions to improve unit estimating throughout the process, partnering with local field and production teams to understand gaps and specific improvement efforts;
Coordinate the regional discard process and ensure that discard rules are appropriately applied;
Develop and maintain an Inventory Health dashboard to communicate to management regarding monthly and yearly changes in inventory quality.
Drive financial and forecasting capabilities of the EU IO team for all inventory related activities :
Coordinate the monthly new crop unit estimating process;
Coordinate the yearly PO process for new crop production;
Coordinate the 5-year planning process for production locations;
Drive the monthly, quarterly, and yearly writedown estimation process, coordinating with the business, finance, and accounting teams throughout the process;
Identify and track all marginal quality units and provide appropriate recommendations for how do deal with them;
Identify and track all batch-level surplus units and coordinate with demand planning and sales on effective strategies to deal with them;
Support macro planning process for specific inventory related metrics.
Provide link to inventory analysis through key Supply Chain activities :
Drive allocation buffering strategy based on known inventory risks;
Provide recommendations for carry-over strategy to supply planning based on known inventory risks;
Provide support for opportunity, surplus, or special sales offerings.
Support the IO leadership on special projects and other ad-hoc analysis.
Reports to the Sr. Supply Chain Manager, with additional functional guidance from the regional Quality Supply Manager and the Integrated Operations Director.
Education : Bachelor's Degree
At least 5-10 years progressive experience Supply Chain roles;
Minimum 5 years’ experience in inventory management and / or production costing;
Experience in seed business strongly preferred.
Other qualifications :
Strong analytical skills and attention to detail;
Significant working knowledge of SAP and BW in a Supply Chain-related role;
Experience in production costing and forecasting;
Knowledge of seed characterization and parameters;
Proactive and able to work independently;
Ability to prioritize work, work under time constraints, and work under pressure;
Ability to influence and motivate across functions and reporting lines;
Experience working in multinational environment;
Strong communications skills, both written & verbal;
Fluency in English with additional European language(s) preferred;
Work to accurately assess personal strengths and correct weaknesses;
Accurately hear what others are saying and be receptive to input and feedback from others;
Communicate ideas, recommendations and decisions clearly;
Influence and motivate across functions and level of leadership to take decisions.