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Sysco Category Planner II in Lincoln, Nebraska


US0061 Sysco Lincoln, Inc.

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Minimum Level of Education:

High School or Equivalent

Minimum Years of Experience:

3 Years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Travel Percentage:



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Achieve company inventory management goals for complex categories which include but are not limited to: exemplary customer service, purchase order (PO) accuracy (cost, quantity, dates), minimal spoilage and shrink, and managing inventory to the lowest possible Days Sales Outstanding (DSO). Execute a replenishment strategy that supports supply chain efficiencies. Train and support the replenishment team on appropriate forecast management, procurement best practices, policies, and procedures.


  • Take strategic action to maintain local inventory levels while maximizing customer service levels.

  • Manage Inventory DSO, aged inventory, obsolete inventory, spoilage and shrink to achieve corporate goals.

  • Handle forecasting and demand planning for customer events, business shifts, and seasonality changes.

  • Provide training to the planning team on procurement processes to comply with corporate guidelines.

  • Collaborate with the local, market and corporate merchandising teams, suppliers, and other functional areas.

  • Demonstrate an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency of the Manhatten inventory planning tool Demand Planning Replenishment (DPR), to drive the team's performance as indicated by DPR scorecards, dashboards and merchandising key performance indicators (KPIs).

  • Work with the logistics team to maximize supply chain efficiencies.

  • Collaborate/strategize with Operations to develop programs to maximize efficiencies of receiving and warehousing.

  • Manage Operating Company (OpCo) level Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) count (min 2,300-4,000 SKUs vendor direct, 3500+ redistributed or 2,000 purchase order perishable lines weekly) and resolve replenishment issues as required.

  • Performance to be sustained at this level while meeting established KPIs.

  • Execute purchasing of new items and demand changes timely.

  • Follow and react to market conditions within established corporate and market guidelines.

  • Manage and understand commodity purchasing dynamics.

  • Execute enterprise purchasing initiatives.



  • High school diploma required.

  • Bachelor's degree preferred.


  • 3+ years of experience. May substitute an equivalent combination of education and experience in place of 3 years Inventory Management/Purchasing experience (Bachelors: +1 year Inventory Management/Purchasing experience).

  • Experience working within a retail, wholesale or distribution environment.

  • Inventory Management/Purchasing experience in distributor with 10,000+ SKUs preferred.

Professional Skills

  • Proficient Excel skills.

  • Strong communication skills with stakeholders on any gaps in product service level.

  • Ability to work cross-functionally across the enterprise.

  • Superb attention to detail and follow up.

  • Proactive attitude to highlight and address issues as they arise.

  • Able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

  • Understand/execute standard replenishment processes and best practices.

  • Excellent tactical replenishment execution skills.

  • Solid organizational and planning skills.

  • Negotiate with suppliers to execute the inventory depletion process.

  • Knowledgeable of product forecasting.

NOTICE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the environment and the level of work being performed by this job. This job description in no way states or implies that the duties and responsibilities listed are the only tasks to be performed by the associate in this job. The associate will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by his or her supervisor.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description supersedes prior job descriptions. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and is subject to changes of business necessity.


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Sysco is the global leader in foodservice distribution. With over 71,000 colleagues and a fleet of over 13,000 vehicles, Sysco operates approximately 333 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 700,000 customer locations.

We offer our colleagues the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations. We're looking for talented, hard-working individuals to join our team. Come grow with us and let us show you why Sysco is at the heart of food and service.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

This opportunity is available through Sysco Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates.