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Manager, Inventory Planning - Projects, Cabins and IFE - 29129

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: May 9, 2022
Posting End Date: May 19, 2022


Job Description


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The Manager, Inventory Projects will be responsible for all cabin and IFE parts forecasting and planning, as well as any part requirements related to major events, aircraft-related projects and fleet changes:  from creation of the initial plan for parts and location quantities, as well as the financial projection and impact on current and future inventory levels.
The individual will be the point of contact for any aircraft projects, planning for the spares requirements associated with project / modifications / service bulletins / kits.  As part of the process, any spares requirements will be planned and a process is required for transitioning from a project mode to day-to-day operation, creating / modifying any part / location data needed for the inventory forecast and plan. This individual will be the point of contact for new aircraft / fleet introductions and fleet increments to plan for initial provisioning needs. 
Key Functions & Accountabilities (Responsibilities, Activities, Authority levels, etc.)
  • 5 specific areas of accountability:  Cabin and IFE, aircraft modification project, kits and service bulletins, large item acquisition planning and initial provisioning / inventory changes associated with new fleet introduction and/or fleet changes.
  • Define required master data and inputs for forecast development for all demand streams and part groups and build a forecast to identify the ideal pool size / inventory level based on anticipated demand by location, factoring in the service level objectives, part segment and cost optimization goals
  • Define allotment strategies for stations and part groups in line with the forecast and fleet operations; identify adjustments to cover specific situations and work with the inventory planning team to input/adjust as required
  • Build phase-in strategy and parts requirements for new modifications, kit details, projects as well as phase-out strategies for parts being replaced/removed from the aircraft   and ensure demand stream is adjusted to remove initial project / past consumption as appropriate
  • Build inventory plan for fleet changes by incorporating initial provisioning increments into the plan
  • For fleet changes, identify current inventory that will be considered excess 
  • Work in partnership with the ACM teams to collect inputs / feedback on the inventory plan and that the allotments reflect current / future needs
  • Develop strategies and actions to ensure continuous monitoring for key components and critical items (e.g. high usage no go item, passenger convenience items)  
  • Define budget requirements in line with the projects / parts and ensure allotments respect the financial plan; build business cases for each of the specific projects and/or inventory needs where shortfalls are identified and ensure capital budget requirements are defined 
  • Specifically for larger items (e.g. landing gear, LLPs), build the forecast / plan for these large capital purchases and ensure budget reflects the upcoming needs  
  • For any initial provisioning purchases, identify surplus to the initial plan and initiate buyback requests within contractual time limits


  • University degree in Statistics / Mathematics / Economics / Supply Chain / Operations Management / IT / Industrial Engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum of 7-10 years progressive experience and have demonstrated proficiency in statistics, inventory forecasting and planning methods, with an understanding of their financial and operational impacts, preferably in an Airline, MRO, manufacturing or distribution environment
  • Experience with demand forecasting and order replenishment systems, having participated in an implementation of tools and the required process changes
  • Must have experience with integrated supply chain and logistic concepts
  • Must be able to communicate supply chain objectives clearly and convey the benefits to the organization
  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams without direct authority 
  • Excellent creative thinking skills with emphasis on developing innovative solutions to complex problems that may not have one clear answer 
  • Inquisitive, detail-oriented with strong quantitative analytical skills
  • Strategic thinking abilities and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate process change and experience to positively impact supply chain value drivers
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate meetings
  • Flexibility and adaptability to the demands and requirements of a fast-paced environment with multiple demands and priorities 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, presentation skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with alliances and partnerships in the extended supply chain and with stakeholders at all organizational levels
  • Advanced PC skills including MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, PowerBI, and MRP / ERP systems
Conditions of Employment:
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the country of interest, at the time any offer of employment is made and seeking any required work permits/visas or other authorizations which may be required is the sole responsibility of the candidates applying for this position.
  • Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Linguistic Requirements

Based on equal qualifications, preference will be given to bilingual candidates. 
Diversity and Inclusion
Air Canada is strongly committed to Diversity and Inclusion and aims to create a healthy, accessible and rewarding work environment which highlights employees’ unique contributions to our company’s success.
As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from all to help us build a diverse workforce which reflects the diversity of our customers, and communities, in which we live and serve.

Air Canada thanks all candidates for their interest; however only those selected to continue in the process will be contacted.