Not Just For the Young At Heart: Kinaxis Named as One of Canada’s Best Employers for Young People

Supply Chain Management Cloud Provider Wins National Employer Award

Ottawa, Canada, September 24, 2013— Kinaxis®, provider of RapidResponse®, a cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) and sales and operations planning (S&OP) solution, today announced that it has been named as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People. The competition, now in its 11th year, is managed by the editors of the Canada's Top Employers project.

“There’s an important conversation that’s getting lost in today’s media coverage of young people and the challenges they face,” says Richard Yerema, author of the Canada's Top Employers project. “Young people want meaningful employment and are having difficulty finding employers that can help them advance in their careers.”

“For some years, we’ve noticed a small number of employers that really go the extra distance when it comes to recruiting young people and helping them advance,” adds Kristina Leung, the project's Editor. “We’ve seen some wonderful innovations such as employers moving away from traditional job interviews and instead hosting in house contests and industry events that let new graduates network with future employers.”

“We are thrilled to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People,” said Megan Paterson, director of human resources at Kinaxis. "Kinaxis strongly believes in providing young employees with the tools and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential and build their careers. Being known as a leader in attracting and retaining employees, has allowed us to hire, and grow, some of the best minds in the supply chain software industry.”

For this national competition, the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers compiled and analyzed data on companies that offer the nation's best benefits for younger workers. Kinaxis was cited as a leading Canadian employer for the company's investments in co-op programs, ongoing skills development such as tuition assistance, professional accreditation and a corporate culture that includes staff barbeques, personal fitness training classes, and many other events that enable employees to have fun at work.

The awards reception is being held at the Canoe Restaurant September 27, 2013 in Toronto, ON. A full list of recipients, including the reasons why Kinaxis and other companies were chosen, can be found online at CanadasTop100.com/young_people and are featured in a magazine released nationally today by Jobpostings Magazine.

For more information on career opportunities at Kinaxis, please visit the company's "careers" page here: kinaxis.com/careers. There are a wide variety of opportunities available at Kinaxis including positions in product support, professional services, quality assurance and software development.

Recognition in this category adds to the growing list of industry accolades Kinaxis has earned: 2012 National Capital Region's Top Employers, 2013 Great Supply Chain Partner, 2013 Pros to Know, 2013 100 Great Supply Chain Projects, 2012 Gold Stevie® Award (Live Events category) and 2011 OCRI Company of the Year.

About Kinaxis

Kinaxis delivers cloud-based S&OP and supply chain applications for discrete manufacturers and brand owners with complex supply chain networks and volatile business environments. Leaders across multiple industry verticals, including A&D, Automotive, High Tech, Industrial and Life Sciences rely on RapidResponse applications to create a foundation for concurrent planning, continuous performance monitoring, and coordinated responses to plan variances across multiple areas of the business. All founded on a single product, RapidResponse’s configurable applications encompass a full spectrum of supply chain related business processes, including such functions as: S&OP, supply planning, capacity planning, demand planning, inventory management, MPS and order fulfillment. As a result, Kinaxis customers have replaced disparate planning and performance management tools and are realizing significant operations performance breakthroughs in planning cycles, supply chain response times and decision accuracy. From a single product, customers are able to easily model varying supply chain conditions to make both long-term and real-time demand and supply balancing decisions quickly, collaboratively, and in line with the shared business objectives of multiple stakeholders.

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