Sr. APO Applications Analyst

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
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Do you want to work for a stable, growing organization that reaches back more than 130 years?  Our steel tube and pipe products have helped build landmarks and buildings in North America; Come build your career at Zekelman Industries! 

Job Description


Join our small APO team and seize the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution towards a complete IBP implementation in the upcoming year. This presents an amazing chance to make a lasting impact on the organization and gain valuable experience in the full life cycle of IBP implementation.

We are open to direct hires or contract-to-hire!


  • Collaborates with key users to configure and enhance the current and future state of Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing (SAP) Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO), Error-Correcting Code (ECC) systems.
  • Completes assigned projects with responsibility for the quality and timeliness of project deliverables.
  • Develops functional application designs and specifications, individually or collaboratively.
  • Works as a member of cross-functional teams and adds value by providing a technical perspective.
  • Unit tests applications, including customizations and interfaces.
  • Guides users during testing activities and application start-up activities.
  • Facilitates the process of change by clarifying new procedures and training system users.
  • Plans and establishes after go-live activities, including on-going application support.
  • Analyzes day-to-day user, system, and process-related issues and proposes solutions and fixes.
  • Configures and supports APO, DP, SNP, and Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) in Supply Network Planning (SNP) to meet business needs and associated processes.
  • Works with and understands existing processes in APO, Production Planning/Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS), ECC PP and PP-PI, Global Available-to-Promise (GATP), and Available-to-Promise/Capable-to-Promise (ATP/CTP) process.
  • Leads and promotes healthy and safe work practices as required by regulatory agencies and Company policy.
  • Performs other duties as they might be assigned.
  • Regular and predictable, full-time, on-site attendance during scheduled hours.


  • 2 year hands-on experience in APO – PP/DS and GATP in support role, including some experience in SAP APO Demand Planning, APO Supply Network Planning, and ECC Production Planning. At least 2 full cycle APO implementations. Consulting experience in Supply Chain planning space.


  • Strong knowledge of SNP Heuristics, Deployment, and TLB
  • Strong knowledge of configurable products in sales and production planning environments
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office programs
  • Strong business process reengineering skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Strong skills in supply planning concepts, production planning, and overall supply chain processes, from requirements planning to fulfilment of both make-to-stock and make-to-order scenarios
  • Able to multitask working on projects as well as support the production environment

Zekelman Industries offers competitive compensation and excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-quality medical and dental benefits.  In addition, we have an amazing tuition assistance program, a bonus plan, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match, immediate vesting, and much more.


We are Zekelman Industries.


We manufacture superior quality tubular and related products, and provide outstanding service for our valued customers.

We seek to continuously advance the skills and opportunities of our employees, utilizing the latest technology and management tools available to consistently increase profitability and the enterprise value of Zekelman Industries and of our customers.


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