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Logistics Planner

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Location: Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA Posted: Mar 25, 2020

Job Description

Company Overview

General Mills is reshaping the future of food. We believe food makes us better. It nourishes our bodies, brings us joy and connects us to each other. As one of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie's Homegrown, Old El Paso, Epic Provisions, Blue Buffalo and more. Are you passionate about the future of food? You've come to the right table. We want the very best talent to help lead something big.



The Logistics Planner position is designed to ensure efficient material flow with warehouse and planning activities related to keeping accurate inventory. This will be achieved through a focus on Continuous Improvement, a combination of advanced level Red Prairie/SAP/APO skills, and the ability to be self-directed.


Inventory Accuracy/Control/Accounting

  • Work with employees to improve inventory scanning and movement
  • Ensure FIFO and scanning procedures are being implemented and utilized
  • Assist with Weekly and Monthly Yard Check and RedPrairie Reconciliation
  • Cycle count coordination, reconciliation and root cause investigation
  • Assist in Warehouse DDS and metric reporting
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams (Ops, Quality, Finance, Engineering, etc.) to deliver service goals, efficiency targets, PFEP and total landed cost
  • Sustain correct material set up and audit RedPrairie and SAP
  • Help to maintain a well-organized warehouse and disposal of test and obsolete materials
  • Disposition Raw Material and Finished Product holds as directed by QRO & Logistics (QRO needs, Corporate dispositions and tracking, Internal Damage, Freshness, etc.)

Inbound & Outbound Orders – Shipping/Receiving Accuracy

  • Collaborate with 3PL partners to execute daily plans and identify service risk
  • Interplant Over/Shorts and Vendor Order issues & discrepancies
  • Track discrepancies and work with employees & RedPrairie on root cause
  • Track damage, incorrect trailers/seals/paperwork and work with employees to improve
  • Shipping Accuracy reporting and root cause analysis
  • Hold Order Management
  • Help locate, isolate, verify, store and dispose of hold order product while on shift
  • Back up for Witness Destroys and Carrier Claims
  • Track and coordinate inventory movements

Project Execution

  • Provide execution leadership for plant and operating unit-led ingredient and packaging change initiatives
  • Support broader Logistics and plant initiatives/productivity projects
  • Contribute to safety leadership and culture-building activities


  • Work with logistics planners and employees managing trailers to minimize detention and other costs
  • Train and review WMS/RP, HIFI, HOM, Receiving, and Shipping updates and procedures as needed
  • Responsible for proper filing and storage of paperwork
  • Assist in mock recalls
  • Prioritize work and give direction to employees to facilitate efficient and timely inventory movement
  • Provide on-call support as needed to support 24/7 manufacturing environment



  • Bachelor's degree
  • Leads and encourages innovation
  • Ability to be effective in a position with ambiguity that demands high levels of agility and flexibility.
  • Ability to interact with and influence all levels of the organization and outside vendor contacts.
  • Strong prioritization skills and ability to complete multiple tasks within a short timeframe.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, strong bias for action.
  • Strong computer skills including extensive knowledge of SAP, APO, Red Prairie, MS Office Products and willingness to learn others.


  • Prefer experience in Logistics Planning, Production Scheduling, Materials Planning/MRP, Inventory Management or Transportation.
  • Ability to utilize CI tools (YY, PBED, Fishbone, FMEA) to analyze existing processes and drive process improvements.


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