Stryker Sr. Inventory Planner in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Requisition ID 31255BR

Job Title Sr. Inventory Planner

Group Global Quality and Ops

Division GQO Headquarters

Business Unit GQO Corporate IBP

Business Function Supply Chain/Logistics/Distribution

Country United States

State/Province MI

City Kalamazoo

Employment Category Full Time

Percent Travel Required Up to 10%

Shift 1st

About Stryker

Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. More information is available at All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Job Description / Information

Every day, our employees bring a passion to offer high quality medtech products and services that improve the lives of people around the world. That passion is the DNA of our company. We sum it up in the 11 words of our mission: “ Together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better .” Our mission is at the heart of everything we do.

Taking great pride in developing and engaging our employees, Stryker was named to Fortune’s “Top 100 Companies to Work For” for in 2018 and one of the World’s Best Workplaces in 2017. We are currently seeking a Sr. Franchise Inventory Planner in Kalamazoo, MI.


The Sr. Franchise Inventory Planner is responsible for inventory planning operation and execution processes. This roles serves as the leader to drive global franchise inventory performance to optimal levels, in alignment with the global inventory strategies and processes.

Specific responsibilities of the Sr. Franchise Inventory Planner include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Drives and executes global franchise inventory planning in strategic, operational, and executional processes

  • Partners with IPM central team in deploying strategic inventory planning and management capabilities (inventory policies, segmentation, inventory targets, etc.) at a global franchise level

  • Collaborates to set appropriate financial targets and optimal inventory levels across the network

  • Provides franchise and regional specific business insights and guidance to customize inventory planning and management capabilities

  • Recommends and facilitates inputs for the new product inventory target levels setting across the global network

  • Coordinates with respective regions to gather inventory related challenges and presents global view of inventory and plans/projections in appropriate forums

  • Provides input on franchise specific inventory related investment decisions

  • Responsible for the oversight of reviewing inventory optimization recommendations, adjustments and executing overall, global franchise inventory strategy

  • Manages intercompany stock transfer orders to optimal inventory and evaluates cost/benefit analysis

  • Drives global E&O projections, reduction plans and strategies; also facilitates E&O disposition plans

  • Presents inventory scenarios, constraints, and business implications in IBP forum as needed

  • Throughout deployment of SAP, drive aligned inventory targets across SAP and legacy systems to optimize inventory levels throughout the entire network

  • Provides inventory analytics and mid/long term projections at global, franchise level

  • Provides input on franchise specific inventory related decisions

  • Responsible for franchise inventory network master data

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree is required for this role. Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering or similar preferred. APICS certification and/or S&OP/IBP accreditation (e.g. Oliver Wight) highly are preferred.

Ideal candidates will also possess the following skills/experiences:

  • A minimum of 2 years of supply chain, finance or marketing planning, reporting & analytics preferably in the medical device or other highly regulated environment

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in managing and deploying organizational capabilities

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in driving and sustaining transformational change

  • Ability to see the big picture, distill strategic objectives into a concrete plan for execution, influence others to build consensus behind shared goals, challenge the status quo, initiate tough conversations, and promote a culture of innovation

  • Demonstrated knowledge of commercial businesses, portfolio management, supply, and Integrated Business Planning (IBP) processes

  • Demonstrated quantitative and analytical abilities and the ability to interpret complex information and interconnected issues to clearly articulate the findings, obstacles, and solutions

  • Demonstrated experience in presenting compelling materials and influencing high-level management

  • Demonstrated success working in and managing deliverables within a complex, global business across multiple geographic regions

  • Strong communication skills, collaborative teamwork, ability to influence and negotiate and proven intercultural competences to interact within our international working environment

  • Ability to build trusting relationships across business stakeholders and partners

  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to challenge processes and use knowledge or trends to identify new solutions

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability