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Date Added: Tue 26/07/2022

Lead Planner

Winnington, UK
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Lead Planner - Permanent role based in Cheshire

Job purpose statement:
An experienced planner, with relevant industry experienced who can develop and manage the company's planning strategy and operations in order to deliver an optimised 6 week ahead (or subsequent multiple thereof) plan taking into account all demand requirements and supply constraints.
Responsible for all forecasting activities associated with customers, products and supply configuration.
Principal accountabilities
Review and monitor TCE/ BSL forecasting model ensuring that demand forecast and supply plans are correctly represented in the 6 week rolling plan, conflicts are successfully resolved or escalated through the Monthly S&OP process.
Develop and approve the Rolling 6 week plan aligned with Sales Forecasts, Marketing promotions, Production plans (inc. capacity constraints) and Financial Budgets Prepare and maintain relevant reports pertaining to planning processes and forecasting accuracy
Report periodically to Supply Chain stakeholders with key forecasting and stock updates. Optimisation of finished goods inventory levels safety and target stock levels based on improving plan accuracy
Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions
Actively engage with peers to improve processes and methodologies
Analyse SKU profiles by category and review of proliferation for opportunities to rationalize and simplify Manage product discontinuations (end of life management and stock depletion)
Stock monitoring and maintenance (according to customer requirements / based on lead-time and forecast)
Identify process bottleneck and implement solutions in a timely manner
Train and evaluate others
Set up necessary process to provide proactive ongoing management and performance measurement against SLA's and KPI's
Promote Central Supply Chain Function within Company Be aware of Supply Chain colleagues roles and responsibilities and be able to cover key tasks in their absence if necessary

Knowledge, skills & experience
Degree level education, probably in a business-related subject.
Proven work experience as a Lead Planner/ Demand Planning Manager in a relevant industry
Proven experience of change management and strong implementation skills
Exceptional influencing / communication skills
Effective problem solver
Ability to articulate a big picture vision and break it down into deliverable elements.
Ability to work on own initiative and drive required behaviours, mentoring and developing people of potential.
Experience of contributing to S&OP process and standardisation of methodologies
Consistent and top performing delivery of OTIF and Fill rate metrics
Experience of optimisation of inventory levels per required fill rates and variability in Sales forecast
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