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Central Planning Supervisor

Date: Nov 9, 2021

Location: Nashville, TN, US, 37228

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Nashville Office


Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and 15,000+ employees. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.

With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the reach to serve customers worldwide.


A.O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees.  Recognized by The Tennessean as one of the top Nashville area Workplaces, we have programs in place to help our team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future. If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build an amazing career at A. O. Smith.


This role is located in our modern Nashville Metro Center office, located just minutes from downtown with easy interstate access and free parking.

Primary Function

The Central Planning Supervisor is responsible for management and leadership of a growing team of Central Planners. They will serve as the escalation point for line-impacting shortages, will drive supplier corrective actions, and will be responsible for delivering inventory and operational goals as determined by the Material Planning Manager. The Central Planning Supervisor will collaborate to define Leader Standard Work across the planning organization.

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction to Central Planners
  • Serve as escalation point-of-contact for specified production lines when material shortages are imminent
  • Communicate timely and effectively to key stakeholders
  • Assist with part recovery plans and provide recommendations to operations teams
  • Drive root cause analysis and develop counter measures for items needing corrective action
  • Responsible for developing individual training and development plan for Central Planners
  • Responsible for Inventory Metrics for product group as assigned
  • Drives operational efficiency metrics related to part shortage impacts
  • Actively manage vendor relationships and on-time delivery performance
  • Teach, train, and integrate new central planners
  • Develop and improve central planning tools and standard work
  • Develops and manages good relationships with Sourcing and Operations teams
  • Support tasks as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business, Statistics, Economics or Engineering
  • Minimum 2 years experience in purchasing, planning, or materials
  • Strong interpersonal skills & the ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities efficiently in a fast-paced environment



  • Experience with Planning in an SAP environment
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

We Offer

Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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