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APS Central Operations Planner


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  80881
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  APS Planning
Division:  Global APS


Basic Function

The APS Central Operations Planner integrates and synchronizes supply and demand requirements with manufacturing and supply chain capability into an economic optimal operating plan for use by Manufacturing, Raw Material Supply, Supply Chain, Sales and Business Management to maximize variable margins for the assigned business area.  They also Manage the overall supply network for a specific APS product line coordinating production and the customer fulfillment functions such as the RDC Inventory Planners and Account Specialists.  Ensures that production is transferred to supply points to meet customer demands and communicates production issues to the distribution centers.  The goal is to provide support in delivering product to the customer in the most cost effective manner possible.  Import transactions and forecasting from other global regions may also be required.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Develops and manages the short term customer demand plan used by Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Sales, Raw Material Supply, Business and Marketing to efficiently meet business objectives for the assigned business
  • Forecasts and plans ahead to accommodate customer shipments utilizing appropriate inventory planning and optimum transportation modes. 
  • Schedules assigned production sites based on demand plan, existing sales orders, forecast, and line loading. 
  • Responds in a timely manner to new/changing customer demand and production supply issues
  • Manages “Made To Order” customer requests and adjusts midterm schedule appropriately
  • Effectively communicates with business team with regard to material production, inventory availability, and distressed inventory
  • Identifies key demand and supply risks and develops / implements contingency plans.
  • Monitors and evaluates optimal vs plan vs. actual performance.  
  • Leads supply and demand planning meeting for assigned business area(s).
  • Monitors rail car dwell time at RDCs and Toller’s and increase turns to ensure efficient use of the rail car fleet.   
  • Manages suboptimal freight and challenges its necessity by the customer through Marketing
  • Manages inventory plans across the supply network seeking opportunities to reduce cost of order delivery 
  • Coordinates with the business, manufacturing, raw material supply, and supply chain partners for optimal asset plan effectiveness and establishing priorities for improvement.  


  • Bachelor degree required (Supply Chain, Engineering or Technical preferred).  Supply and demand planning software, SAP and Analysis for Excel experience preferred.  
  • Minimum 5 years of experience involving manufacturing, business planning and analysis, supply chain, business management or sales.  
  • Excellent communication skills across functional areas to ensure understanding, alignment and synchronization of the operating plan.  
  • Must be highly motivated with strong problem solving skills to influence and impact decisions, with minimal direct supervision. 
  • Ability to incorporate systemic thinking into the detailed responsibilities associated with supply and demand planning, understanding and utilizing impacts and opportunities across the entire system.

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LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.


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