New Model Development Analyst

Date: Jun 11, 2022

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.

Materials Management

New Model Development Analyst


Reports to:   Group Leader                                                                                                     Position Type: Full-time


Career Track:  Professional                                                                                                     Shift:  Administrative   


Classification:  Material/New Model Development Analyst                                          FLSA:  Exempt 


The New Model Development Analyst manages the ordering of new model parts and bulk material.  This involves the movement of materials end to end while identifying underperforming areas in the supply chain. Continuously reviews and assesses available material for each individual pilot event and for bulk material.  Calculates sources of problems to develop suggestions for solutions. Identifies performance deficiencies, compliance concerns, and areas for improvement in the supply chain to support root cause analysis and formulate actionable solutions with the supply base to maintain positive results. Designs and organizes reports to provide relative data to all stakeholders and may assist in the negotiation of contract arrangements. This position has a direct impact on both pilot production and mass production results and is essential to the overall financial strength to Subaru and its supplier base.

Essential Job Functions

The essential functions described below are intended to broadly define the expectations of the role.

  1. Assess and oversee supply chain issues concerning future models and bulk material.
  2. Analyze complex data and develop insights optimizing supply chain capabilities.
  3. Analyze supply impacts to future pilot events, as well as bulk material.  Develops countermeasures and communicates the concerns, decisions, and results of the decision to the appropriate stakeholders.
  4. Identify demand pattern gaps for bulk material and adjust ordering parameters to achieve positive results.
  5. Maintain and develop supplier standards that enhance the capabilities and production/financial results for both SIA and the supply base.
  6. Assess supplier’s performance based off SIA standards for discrepancies and improvement opportunities that can directly impact production and new model launch.
  7. Provide training material to new suppliers in order to improve understanding of SIA systems.  Follow up directly with suppliers through onsite auditing and coaching to ensure a positive outcome for both SIA and the supply base.
  8. Maintain adequate inventory levels to meet demands for each pilot event and for production bulk material.
  9. Manage changepoints in forecast, production modifications, and supply chain disruptions while championing continuous improvement.
  10. Assess new bulk material changeover activity as needed.
  11. All other duties as assigned by the Manager or Group Leader.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the Associate for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Required Education, Experience and Qualifications


  • Associate Degree in Supply Chain Management or a related field plus 1 – 3 years of relevant experience, or verifiable experience in a supply chain/manufacturing environment for 5+ years
  • Experience in end-to-end supply chain operations, including supplier management, internal and external logistics, inventory control, and component parts management.
  • Demonstrated ability to fulfill the above operational responsibilities, ensure the deliverables and achieve business objectives.
  • Highly motivated, articulate, detail oriented, with a well-developed emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrated ability to make critical decisions independently which supports the department’s responsibilities and goals.


Preferred Education, Experience and Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management or related field, or 5+ years relevant experience.

Skills and Knowledge Required

• Self-motivated - high initiative
• Ability to manage projects from start to finish
• Ability to use data to drive activity, productivity, and cost
• Ability to work closely with production

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional open office environment subject to frequent interruptions and distractions. Required to work in an industrial manufacturing setting that will include moving and/or assembly lines. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers. The role frequently collaborates with colleagues, internal customers/Associates, external contractors, and management.

Physical Demands

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an Associate with or without a reasonable accommodation to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the Associate is required to be at work as scheduled consistently and dependably, communicate. The Associate is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger for keyboarding, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms.

  • The ability to sit, stand and walk for up to two hours at time.
  • The ability to respond quickly to abnormal sounds or alarms.
  • The ability to move safely over uneven terrain in confined spaces.
  • The ability to see and respond to dangerous situations.
  • The ability to wear personal protective equipment.

Work Hours

This position generally works in alignment with production hours and is subject to overtime to meet demands of production, which may include scheduled weekends, shutdowns, and daily overtime to meet department goals and deadlines. This position does not currently allow for remote work opportunities.


This position requires minimal travel. Occasional travel may be required mainly for off-site training or business collaboration purposes including potential overseas travel.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette