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Avantor, Inc. Demand Planner (Remote) in Connecticut

Job SummaryThis role in our Critical Materials team is a Buyer / Planner role, with focus on both Procurement and Planning. Works independently under close supervision, responsible for procurement of assigned items and executing buying strategies in accordance with agreed upon material buying plans at the optimum cost/quality relationship. Analyzes market and industry conditions and develops supply recommendations. Strong relationships with Sales, Customers and Suppliers.


  • Key owner of the supply chain actions for Critical Customer support.

  • In conjunction with VWR Sales Reps , owns and resolves the daily tactical supply chain issues such as backorder resolution, specialized purchasing, open order expediting, lead time management, supplier production issues, etc.

  • Assists in supplier planning sessions in support of VWR goals and objectives.

  • Manages planning for specialized products.

Supports new stocking request, product launches, product promotions, or discontinuations.

  • Proactively analyzes and makes suggestions to the planning team with regards to replenishment strategies to optimize inventory investment.

  • Identifies and corrects Supply Chain constraints (disruptions in supply) by acting as liaison between Sales, Customer Service, Warehouse and Suppliers.

  • Expedites, cancels /defers and ensures system generated and manual purchase orders are aligned to support Customer need dates and communication throughout the organization as required.

  • Evaluates suppliers based on capability, performance and delivery.

  • Proactive reviews to prevent/minimize stock-outs; accountable for timely resolution of supply chain issues.

  • Works with suppliers to improve delivery dates and lead time.

  • Works with peers to manage supply chain standard operating procedures and create new documents when needed.

  • Embraces innovation. Stays alert to opportunities to make processes better and contributes innovative ideas for improvement. May lead process improvement projects

  • Adapt quickly to change.

  • Continual learning focus with demonstrated initiative to acquire new knowledge and experiences.

  • Takes accountability for one’s own continuing development.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education/Training, Experience and Certifications)

  • College degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Logisticis or other applicable discipline;

  • 2-5+ years working in a procurement capacity and/or enterprise level planning experience

  • Experience with APO or similar forecasting tools highly desireable.

  • APICS/CPIM certification desirable.

  • Global Supply Chain experience a plus.

  • Formal problem solving training desirable, i.e. Six Sigma

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Those necessary to perform the job competently)

  • Proficient in MS office suite (Excel, Access, Word). Demonstrated ability to analyze large data sets; Strong system aptitude required

  • Understanding of forecast and replenishment theory, obtained through APICS or similar training coursework.

  • Solid written and verbal communication skills, experience in a matrix environment desirable.

  • Strong analytical skills]

  • Strong time management and organizational skills, focus oriented with attention to detail.

  • Solid knowledge and practical use of Forecasting and Inventory Planning tools; i.e. Logility, SAP, or equivalent. Mentor Buyer team.


Typically works in an office environment with adequate lighting and ventilation and a normal range of temperature and noise level.

Work assignments are diversified. Examples of past precedent are used to resolve work problems. New alternatives may be developed to resolve problems.

A frequent volume of work and deadlines impose strain on routine basis.

Minimal physical effort is required. Work is mostly sedentary but does require walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting or carrying objects that typically weigh less than 10 lbs.

DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

EEO Statement

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law.

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3rd party non-solicitation policy

By submitting candidates without having been formally assigned on and contracted for a specific job requisition by Avantor, or by failing to comply with the Avantor recruitment process, you forfeit any fee on the submitted candidates, regardless of your usual terms and conditions. Avantor works with a preferred supplier list and will take the initiative to engage with recruitment agencies based on its needs and will not be accepting any form of solicitation

Avantor®, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global provider of mission-critical products and services to customers in the biopharma, healthcare, education & government, and advanced technologies & applied materials industries. Our portfolio is used in virtually every stage of the most important research, development and production activities in the industries we serve. One of our greatest strengths comes from having a global infrastructure that is strategically located to support the needs of our customers. Our global footprint enables us to serve more than 225,000 customer locations and gives us extensive access to research laboratories and scientists in more than 180 countries. We set science in motion to create a better world. For information visit, and find us on LinkedIn ( , Twitter ( and Facebook ( .