Production Planning Analyst – Floral Ops (IL)


Production Planning Analyst – Floral Operations

M&F Talent has a floral production client that needs to hire a new Production Planning Analyst.

As a world leader in the horticultural industry, our client is a market leader in vegetatively propagated flowering annuals, supplying weekly perishable orders to customers. They are also a leading breeder and distributor of flowers and vegetables around the globe.

The Production Planning Analyst will play a pivotal role in ensuring production facilities receive on-time forecasts which allow our client to meet the demands of their customers. The role is responsible for the implementation of short and long-range demand forecasts.

Location: Chicago, IL


  • Conduct detailed analysis for each flower product at the facility
  • Implement forecasts, considering seasonality, market trends, and customer demand patterns
  • Ensure a higher forecast accuracy enabling optimal inventory levels, minimize stockouts, and reduce excess inventory cost
  • Collaborate with sales team to gather market intelligence and incorporate it into the demand planning process
  • Ensure the right product mix is available to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Monitor the impact of market changes or significant variances in the forecast versus sales
  • Recommend appropriate revisions and communicate changes to the production team
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal stakeholders
  • Ensure effective communication and timely posting of inventory to provide a competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Manage a hybrid work schedule – 2 days from home and 3 days in the office


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Math or a related field
  • Data Analysis, Forecasting, Inventory Management
  • Microsoft Office Power BI, Excel functions; Xlookup, Pivot Tables, and Power Queries
  • Decision-making, critical thinking, problem-solving, and understanding of seasonality and peak demand times
  • Travel: two to three times per year; one domestic and the possibility of one to two international trips (Mexico & Nicaragua) per year
  • Key Competencies: Decision Quality, Manages Complexity, Collaboration

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