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Contact/Call Center Workforce Planning Analyst
Grainger | Phoenix, Arizona
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Job Description

The Planning Analyst is responsible for short-term forecasting and schedule optimization across the Contact Center and other supported organizations in order to meet service objectives.  This includes skill management, routing strategy/work distribution, and proactive scheduling of out-of-channel activities. The Planning Analyst works closely with the Real Time Team to ensure schedule efficiency and achievement of intervals within target range.  This position also supports cross-functionally to provide workflow scenarios, facilitate shift bid, and provide business intelligence to feed the long term forecast.


  • Forecasts transactional volumes, handle time/productivity, and shrink to provide an accurate short-term forecast to the Real Time Team. 
  • Provides analysis and recommendations across varying levels of management to improve resource utilization and performance.
  • Partners with Real Time Team to achieve service performance objectives.
  • Facilitates Shift Bid Auction and PT Availability Process to ensure optimal schedule efficiency.
  • Maintains an accurate database of historical information on absenteeism, productivity, service performance and staffing adherence to support the short-term forecast.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert for Workforce Management software.
  • Identifies Continuous Improvement opportunities in daily work, providing recommendations on how to support and implement solutions.
  • Utilizes Standard Work and documented workforce policies to provide partners with a centralized knowledge source.


  • Position requires a Bachelor's Degree or 4 years of equivalent business experience
  • Experience with workforce optimization software (e.g., NICE, Impact 360, IEX), and ACD technology (e.g., Avaya, Cisco)
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience utilizing workforce optimization tools and processes
  • Experience within contact center environment preferred
  • Highly developed problem-solving skills including conducting root cause analysis, documenting results, and providing recommendations
  • Must be able to provide clear and concise recommendations in a rapidly changing environment
  • Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills across multiple levels within the organization, including the ability to influence, negotiate, and escalate unresolved problems or questions
  • Strong technology literacy skills to assist in the understanding of systemic architectural routing and network systems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Project management experience is a plus

About Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger) distributes facilities maintenance products, and provides services and related information used by businesses and institutions primarily in the United States, Canada and Mexico to keep their facilities and equipment running. Grainger is the supplier of facilities maintenance and other related products in North America. Its operations are managed in three segments: Grainger Branch-based, Acklands - Grainger Branch-based (Acklands - Grainger), and Lab Safety Supply, Inc. (Lab Safety). Grainger Branch-based is an aggregation of the Grainger Industrial Supply (Industrial Supply), Grainger, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico), Grainger Caribe Inc. (Puerto Rico), Grainger China LLC (China) and Grainger Panama S.A. (Panama). Acklands - Grainger is the Company's Canadian branch-based distribution business. Lab Safety is a direct marketer of safety and other industrial products. (Source: 10-K)

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