Supply Chain Management Demand Planning Engineer

The Southern Company Naperville , IL 60540

Posted 2 months ago

Supply Chain Management Demand Planning Engineer


Supply Chain Management Demand Planning Engineer

This position is flexible to be located at one of the following operating headquarters locations:

  • Southern Co. Gas Headquarters
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Virginia Natural Gas
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Nicor Gas Headquarters
  • Naperville, IL


The Demand Planning Engineer will report directly to the Manager of Demand Planning. The main responsibilities of this position are to partner with Engineering Design, Project and Construction Team to establish short- and long-term Materials and Services demand planning requirements and supply forecasts; track large capital project budget planning process; and work closely with Category Managers to ensure that the optimal category strategies are adopted by business to achieve overall operational excellence.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering

  • MBA preferred


  • 5 years of demand forecast, supply planning experience

  • 5 years of design and planning engineering experience

  • 3-5 years of project management experience is a plus

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal working relationships and develop a collaborative working relationship across the spectrum of leadership levels

  • Ability to develop cross-functional working process

  • Possess advanced analytical skills

  • Proven ability to analyze and consolidate large volumes of data, and to turn data into actionable insights

  • Data extraction and data mining from internal and external systems

  • Keen attention to detail

  • Possess at least intermediate level of skills in Strategy Development, Strategy Execution, Project Management, Relationship Building & Influencing, Communication, Presentation, Team Building, Cultural Awareness, and Change Management

  • Possess skills in Supplier Relationship Management and Facilitation

  • Hands on knowledge of Gas utility operations preferred

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven ability and determination to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines

  • Organizational savvy, ability to influence and inspire others, foster collaboration and partnerships

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Must exhibit behavior consistent with Our Values
  • Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, Total Commitment
  • Positive attitude and strong customer focus

  • Self-motivated and self-starter

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop effective relationships and establish trust with customers, SCM peers, and suppliers

  • Organizational Awareness


  • 25% travel expected


  • Partner with Engineering teams to establish short- and long-term demand forecasting for materials and services

  • Able to influence engineers to reduce design complexity, drive material standardization, and perform value engineering

  • Track large capital projects through entire budgeting process, reflect the changes in demand planning documentations, and communicate effectively the changes to sourcing team and suppliers

  • Perform thorough analysis and data requests to support the demand planning process through meetings with internal customers to understand their business future needs, requirements, and plans; determining the impact of external supply base; analyzing historical demand; and forecasting future demand.

  • Translate business plans into SCM services and materials/equipment demand planning and forecasts

  • Evaluate challenges in meeting demand, identify supply risks and update demand planning and forecast

  • Act as the point of contact for business partners to ensure that the optimal sourcing approach is adopted, and the optimal lower total cost of meeting business requirements is obtained

  • Support SCM Category and Inventory management initiatives and strategies to leverage company expenditures and drive business partners to standardization in materials and service sourcing activities

  • Responsible for working with across stakeholder groups to streamline demand and enforce compliance by introducing One SCM category management approach

  • Work with business partners to develop and manage tools necessary to track demand planning and supply forecasting

  • Accountable for driving joint Total Cost of Ownership process improvement including partnering with strategic Suppliers and creating Alliance Partnerships, thereby delivering the best value and mitigating risks to the organization

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Other Locations: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville, Virginia-Coastal Virginia-Virginia Beach

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

AGLR Corporate Office

  • 10 Peachtree Place NE (10AtlantaCODE)

10 Peachtree Place NE

Atlanta, 30309

G O Naperville

  • 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

VNG Virginia Beach

  • 544 S. Independence Blvd (544VirginiaBeachCODE)

544 S. Independence Blvd

Virginia Beach, 23452

Req ID: GAS2002609

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