Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Private Label Category Planner in Newport News, Virginia

Job Description:

Our Private Label business is planned to grow at a much higher rate than the overall business. As a result, Ferguson has placed significant emphasis on developing the supply chain to support Private Label growth. The Private Label Category Planner will be the key supply chain partner for the Private Label business.

Although this position will report directly to the Director of Distribution Center Inventory, it will have a strong partnering relationship with the Senior Vice President, Strategic Brand Development; Vice President, Global Sourcing; and Strategic Products Managers with Private Label responsibility. The ideal candidate must have a customer first mentality and have the innate ability to thrive in a cross functional role. This is a hands-on role, but must also have the ability to assess, recommend, and communicate at a strategic level. The ideal candidate should be an effective communicator and a strong planner with excellent team collaboration skills. They must have a managerial style that promotes collaboration, teamwork, and confidence in their supply chain expertise and innovation as opportunity to grow into leadership role in the future.

The primary responsibilities for this role include:

  • Be the functional supply chain expert for Private Label and represent supply chain in business meetings and planning sessions

  • Implement Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) alignment and execution of plans for private label; including product lifecycle management (new programs, changes, terminations)

  • Facilitate consensus forecasts for new product introductions, mature products, and transition/obsolescence

  • Oversight of purchase and inventory decisions and buyers to support business growth and sales initiatives for products through supply chain analysis and data-driven solutions

  • Organize and provide inventory, forecast, and supply components for S&OP plans for private label

  • Delegate forecasting, inventory, supply, and purchasing actions based on S&OP plan outcomes and decisions for private label to buyers, demand planners, and inventory management.

  • Act as single point of contact representing the Supply Chain for purchasing & planning projects, meetings, and initiatives. This will include decision making, fielding inquiries, coordinating supply chain components for projects, and providing relevant information, analyses, and recommendations to private label and supply chain leadership.

  • Maintain the central repository of demand, inventory, and supply chain policies that align with product category strategy, including the supply chain line tables.

  • Align the demand planner, supply planner, inventory planner, and buyer in the planning and execution of the supply chain components of private label in support of the program goals and KPIs.


  • 7+ years supply chain experience with management of forecasting, inventory management, and procurement, and with specific experience with private label products

  • Strong communication skills across organizations

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Ability to work independently and in a team atmosphere

  • Demonstrated project management and team leadership experience

  • Effective at operating within a high volume, multi-channel, complex setting

  • Strong logical and analytical skills

  • Problem solving, leadership and listening skills

  • Experience accessing and querying data to harvest insights and develop data-driven decisions

  • Advanced MS Excel skills, experienced in MS Access

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Business, ideally with Supply Chain or Logistics concentration


The Company is an equal opportunity employer as well as a government contractor that shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a), which prohibits discrimination against qualified protected Veterans and the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(A), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability.

Ferguson raises the bar for industry standards as the top-rated wholesale supplier of commercial and residential plumbing supplies. However, our expertise goes beyond plumbing. We are a diverse distributor that spans multiple businesses including HVAC/R, waterworks and industrial. In the past 65 years, we’ve grown from a local distributor to a $15 billion dollar company with more than 1,400 locations and over 24,000 associates nationwide. We pride ourselves on delivering world-class service, and our customers know that “Nobody expects more from us than we do” is more than just a tagline to Ferguson associates. It’s a cultural belief that is demonstrated every day through exceptional customer service, product selection and industry knowledge.