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Analyst - Material / Supply Planner

Brand:  Matthews Memorialization
Company:  The York Group, Inc.
Line of Business:  Funeral Home

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15212


Under general direction, the Analyst – Material helps to drive improvement for process using lean methodology and seeks areas that need improvement to make the entire system work more efficiently. This role is responsible for managing inventory for their assigned products/service centers, preventing stock outs and maintaining high in-stock rates while balancing this against the need to turn inventory. The Material Analyst assembles data, analyzes performance, identifies problems, and develops recommendations which support Sales Inventory and Operations Planning. 


  • Maintains stock levels; balances in-stock percent with inventory goals; develops solutions to problems of over or under stock; rebalances network as needed to ensure slow moving and obsolete inventory is repositioned to areas of higher use.
  • Resolves barriers to challenges related to receiving materials on shipping dock.
  • Leads continuous improvement projects for anything related to material movement and flow throughout the factory.
  • Analyzes data and implements processes based on solid data analysis to ensure optimal inventory coverage/efficiencies while maintaining inventory dollar investment within budgetary constraints.
  • Follows established procedures to support and maintain optimum finished goods inventory levels and lead times.
  • Assists with planning and execution of procurement of finished goods from global and domestic suppliers.
  • Reports on inventory performance metrics such as turn ratios, cost-benefit trade-offs, days of inventory on hand and inventory valuation.
  • Investigates inventory discrepancies; provides direction for the management of excess inventory. 
  • Implements best practices in the daily management of the company’s supply chain activities including sales forecast integration, procurement of finished goods inventory, management of inventory and returns processing.
  • Formulates and executes inventory policies, programs and objectives (both strategic and tactical) to ensure company’s success.
  • Uses analytical and quantitative methods to understand, predict, and enhance supply chain processes.


  • Maintains the stocking level, ROP (reorder point) and/or forecast at the item/SC level.
  • Balance in-stock % with inventory goals.
  • Rebalance network as needed to ensure slow moving and obsolete inventory is repositioned to areas of higher use.
  • Proactively develop solutions to problems of over or under stock through effective communication with SC’s, Sales, Distribution and Transportation.
  • Maintains master data information in order to effectively manage by exception items stocked in the SC’s.
  • Perform daily replenishment functions from Plants to Hubs and Hubs to SC’s.
  • Places order for other miscellaneous non-casket items required for the SC’s.
  • Participates in the SIOP process as needed.
  • Evaluates and removes barriers. Assesses adequacy of system to support process.
  • Investigates remedies for inventory discrepancie.
  • Participates on and/or leads on cross functional teams as requested in support of division wide initiatives.
  • Collaborates cross functionally with Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Distribution and Transportation to build consensus, lead change and drive best practices.
  • Keep inventory investment to a minimum.
  • Initiate, organize and participate in continuous improvement activities as it relates to inventory planning processes.
  • Analyze large amounts of data and implement processes based on solid data analysis to ensure optimal inventory coverage/efficiencies.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management or related field.
  • 4+ years of previous analytical or continuous improvement experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Occasional travel either locally, nationally, and/or internationally may be required.
  • High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning).
  • Solid understanding and application of mathematical concepts.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.
  • Ability to work overtime as necessary.


  • Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Walking and standing are required occasionally.
  • Regularly required to use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard; and talk, hear and see.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal for up to 8 hours daily, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low/moderate.

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.



Matthews Memorialization is a leader in the memorialization industry who is committed to helping customers grow their businesses and helping families move from grieving to remembrance by providing products of superior craftsmanship and revenue generating programs and services. Within this industry, our Environmental Solutions is focused on the design and manufacture of advanced combustion systems. Matthews Memorialization is a (MATW) Matthews International company. 


Matthews International affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.  Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled. 

Matthews International endeavors to make our employment website and application process accessible to all users and applicants.  In doing so, Matthews International provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation or assistance completing the application process, please contact a member of our Human Resource Team.

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh