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Supply & Distribution Analyst in Chicago, IL at Morton Salt

Date Posted: 12/27/2021

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Job Description

As the Supply & Distribution Analyst at Morton Salt in Chicago, this role will be responsible for:

  • Monitor and revise production needs to maximize customer service levels while minimizing risk
  • Collaborate with Sales, Marketing and Operations Management in times of constrained capacity to develop priorities and action plans in order to fulfill customer needs
  • Assist Operations Management team in developing case budgets, re-forecasts and operations strategies.
  • Lead / participate in cross-functional projects such as seasonal event planning, etc. to develop, manage and communicate a timeline and supply plan
  • Schedule transportation planning and review with the Logistics Team to discuss standard sourcing equipment needs, alternate sourcing, and upcoming promotions
  • Organize routine meetings with key personnel from Operations team to monitor and update production forecast requirements
  • Coordinate and create supply model using Excel worksheets, for all bulk rock network supply including BDI, Chemical and Industrial for Weeks Island and all bulk solar materials for Inagua
  • Such supply planning will include STO’s and customer shipments
  • Minimize supply interruption during planned and unplanned production outages at Weeks Island and Inagua through resourcing and re-distribution of inventory
  • Work with Operations in analyzing production capacity in response to incremental business requests
  • Build relationships and partnership credibility with Mining Operations by establishing monthly or weekly supply consensus calls with all mines to discuss the next 2-month detailed production plan, a high level 18-month plan, and any upcoming downtime
  • Prepare purchase requisitions
  • Process and payment of invoices on a timely basis including demurrage
  • Maintain weekly barge position report
  • Ability to develop Week’s supply plan in model format on a monthly basis that captures changes in demand. Also ensure material balance at Weeks Island is respected
  • Process barge diversions
  • Coordinate C&I demand with sales and customer service on a monthly basis in full barge load quantities
  • Ability to coordinate supply shortage with internal customers
  • Provide critical month end closing information to Finance
  • Maintain all required worksheets as required
  • Maintain process for ordering barges
  • Communicate problems & concerns to internal & external partners
  • Update freight in the Freight Cockpit
  • Responsible for coordination of vessels shipped into New Orleans
  • Issue operational alerts for plants responsible for
  • Work with Customer Service to coordinate customer orders
  • Process orders in SAP and in Optimizer which includes STO’s and customer orders
  • Maintain required approvals in VIM workplace as required (for approval of barge invoices)
  • Drive continuous improvement within the Salt Group’s supply chain


This position will primarily focus on the Supply Planning requirements for the Weeks Island rock mine, Inagua solar facility and all associated distribution activities as outlined below. Develop and implement a strategy to optimize stockpile inventory levels, inventory turns, product sourcing and grade balance.

Job Requirements

Our company values and recognizes the diversity of the workforce, and is looking for talented individuals with:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Operations Management, or an equivalent functional area
  • Minimum of 3 years of corporate or manufacturing production scheduling experience in a related industry
  • Strong understanding of supply chain dynamics
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in SAP with ERP Supply Chain Planning software is preferred
  • Strong computer/systems skills including basic MS Office programs
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new systems and operations
  • Common sense and diplomacy, with a high level of interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Effective problem identification, solving and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of key supply chain and inventory performance metrics, turns, margin contributions, etc.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to make key decisions on a daily basis independently
  • Ability to lead cross-functionally, work in a team environment and collaborate with internal process partners
  • Advanced organization and time management skills with ability to manage stress, work under pressure, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal / written communication skills and ability to make presentations to small groups
  • Knowledgeable, active member of the Supply Chain team
  • APICS or other Supply Chain / Logistics Certification preferred

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