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Blue Yonder/JDA Functional Consultant

Position Type


Travel Required

Need based if any


Hybrid/Travel to client sites/Remote





Education Level


Spinnaker SCS

Job Summary:

  • Spinnaker’s Supply Chain Consulting practice is a community.  We value our delivery to the client and our support of each other day in and day out.  Our work has us operating in a mixed environment between mainly on-site at a client partner, and occasionally remotely (work from home).  Consultants must have a strong drive to acquire knowledge of processes, systems, and client’s business on a rapid timeline.  They must be able to quickly formulate and validate future state business process and solution configuration designs, with emphasis in the JDA SCPO applicate suite.  Compiling high quality documentation and presentations on a short timeline, being comfortable facilitating discussions, and giving polished presentations is mandatory.  A consultant within our practice should be comfortable in the front of a meeting room or classroom; be it facilitating or teaching two people or thirty people. 

  • Spinnaker’s Consultants serve as a subject matter expert supporting the definition of often complex business processes and technology solution designs; across a variety of market/industry related disciplines. Consultants are expected to be well versed in supply chain related knowledge, be able to understand common business problems, and translate business input to advise clients on appropriate solutions to meet their planning objectives.  Consultants will leverage Spinnaker’s 5 lenses methodology of People-Process-Technology-Policy-Metrics to deliver comprehensive solutions across the entire services portfolio.  The Consultant must possess the necessary acumen to contribute to these engagements as duties are assigned within their particular area of focus.

  • The Consultant will be working with leading Retail, Distribution, and CPG companies in the USA and CAN; and potentially globally.   This is a highly challenging, but very rewarding, career path for those with the right mindset and required skills.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Consulting activities include the following:

  • Performing current state assessment of existing supply chain planning system and business processes.

  • Performing fit/gap analysis to determine opportunities for business improvement.

  • Developing a blueprint and roadmap for future state supply chain design(s)

  • Defining scope of responsibility using RACIs and organizational design tools

  • Supporting the facilitation of organizational change management programs and processes

  • Leveraging technology approaches such as system development life cycle (SDLC) and AGILE to deploy robust multi-faceted planning solutions

  • Translating functional and technical business requirements into comprehensive business designs and documenting the output in well-developed business specifications

  • Testing related activities including: test planning, test case and scenario definition, and execution for test phases that include unit, system, integrated systems, user acceptance, performance, and regression.

  • Supporting end user training development and delivery

  • Supporting system production deployment and production support activities

  • Comfort with airplanes, airports, and hotels on a weekly basis.

For all Consultants:


  • Deliver consulting and outsourcing services for client engagements by providing business analysis, creating detailed solution documentation, and doing research to support the creation of high quality business solutions on behalf high profile commercial companies.

  • Support the creation of functional and technical design documents, detailed interfacing and data mapping specifications, design test cases that validate the proper execution against business requirements, and execute test scripts for systems implementation engagements

  • Manage the development and dissemination of high quality project deliverables in a manner that encourages client participation and ensures timely delivery to the client

  • Support knowledge share amongst the Spinnaker consulting community by providing direct support to internal colleagues with pertinent questions, or through the development of collateral that can be shared within the group

  • Utilize personal know-how and critical experience to help clients to determine the optimal path for key supply chain process related decisions

  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in support of business processes (planning, sourcing and procurement, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing, reverse logistics), planning technology solutions (such as JDA, i2, SAP, Oracle, etc.), and industries and support client service delivery in these areas across the firm

  • Guide clients in best practice and be knowledgeable and self-directed in educating themselves on leading practice

  • Other duties, as assigned

For Principal Consultants:

  • Individually manage moderate to large sized supply chain related work streams during the delivery of consulting or outsourcing client engagements

  • Provide limited oversight, guidance, knowledge transfer and mentorship of project related resources including more Spinnaker consultants, client resources, and approved third-party personnel during engagements as appropriate and as defined within the governing statement of work

  • Support the development of client proposals where applicable, inclusive of development of statements of work associated with a proposal

  • Manage the delivery of work products associated with specific project work streams including project plans, design documents, functional specifications, testing scenarios, and deployment approaches

  • Other duties, as assigned



Experience / Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Supply Chain, Information Systems, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Logistics, or similar fields.

  • Graduate degree (in the fields specified) preferred; but not required.

  • PMP, APICS, Six Sigma, ACPF or similar industry Certifications are a plus

Relevant degrees and certifications to this line of work:

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Information Systems

  • General Business / International Business

  • Statistics (w/Supply Chain understanding)

  • Industrial Engineering



  • Six Sigma

Title will be determined based on the following:

  • Years of business process development support for Advance Planning Systems (APS) processes that include Forecasting, Supply Planning, Production Planning, Replenishment, Deployment, Network Optimization, Inventory Optimization, Procurement, Sourcing, Manufacturing, Warehousing, and Forward and Reverse Logistics

  • Specific knowledge and use of the system development life cycle (SDLC) and other change management (OCM) related processes

  • Years of specific functional knowledge related to the user configuration of JDA, I2, SAP or Oracle

  • Years of planning system implementation in one or more of the following solutions: JDA, i2, Oracle, SAP, Kinaxis, OM Partners, O9

  • Certifications held (PMP, APICS, Six Sigma, ACPF, JDA, SAP, or related)

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