Demand & Operations Planner

Looking for a real impact on the longer- and short term?

The more strategical part of the role is the responsibility for the forecast and longer term volume planning, and assumption based discussions with sales and marketing managers.

On the short term, you will spot and solve short term issues.

In this role, you will work on different operational and more strategical projects for innovations, switches and delisting and you are a business partner for Marketing, Sales, Finance and Trade Category Management.

Combining these operations, this leads to an exciting balance between number crunching and stakeholder management based on strong relations.

About the Role
We will deep dive a little bit more in the different aspects of the role.

The forecasting part means responsibility for the total volume forecast for a rolling horizon of 18-24 months. The main focus is on the horizon of 0 - 6 months providing the business with a robust rolling volume forecast using category market intelligence. You are the driver of the volume forecast in the S&OP process (Business Forecast Process). You are responsible for KPI’s as Forecast Accuracy, Forecast Bias, Dispatch Rate and Obsoletes. You manage the demand plan for multiple markets, and you manage appropriate stock levels, driven by forecast improvements. You translate the innovation forecast for the full horizon (0-24 months) in APO and you represent MCO Supply Chain in Innovation project/ launch meetings for Go to market. 

There is a part which is more operational: you need to be able to get energy in spotting short term challenges and agreeing with the factory and sales contacts on rapid solutions, making the best out of a supply issue or last-minute demand opportunity.

The business partnering sits in all elements. You help the factory and European SC to see and understand the market dynamics and equally Marketing and Sales to understand future volume trends and SC capabilities.

As the planner is such an important pin in this web, clear communication is essential in order to succeed.

About us
At Upfield our purpose is clear: we make people healthier and happier with nutritious and delicious, natural, plant-based products that are good for you, our planet; and with packaging that’s free from plastic. We are the largest plant-based company in the world, and we believe in doing what’s right for our people, our customers and the planet. We’ve got iconic brands like Rama, Country Crock, Blue Band and Flora that people all over the world know and love. We’ve been a trusted category leader since 1871 and yet we feel like we’re only just getting started.

Performance, Passion and Care define who we are as a company, how we work every day, and the responsibility we feel toward our Associates, our consumers, our business partners and our world. We have big ambitions to grow this business and we want to attract the right people – those that love what they do, thrive on responsibility and are looking for limitless career defining opportunities.

About you
You have several years of experience in demand planning, preferably in FMCG. Also, we are looking for someone speaking French and English fluently and on a professional level. Both are a must to deliver the best results in your role. You have a proven track record with SAP planning tools – ideally with IBP – but extensive APO knowledge will be a great base to master IBP fast. Advanced Excel is a must.

You will be working in an extended cross-functional network as well as with higher management, therefore you feel comfortable leading discussions driving conclusions, and giving recommendations. Lost in translation happens between levels, cultures and functions, Can you communicate across?

You will match to Upfield if you like to work in a project environment where you will have a lot of freedom.

Please apply below, or if you have additional questions, just send me a whatsapp message using (0615697958). I understand your resume might not be up to date, just send me what you have.

We would like to receive your application before Augst 2nd, after this date, everyone will get a response.

Milou van Regteren, Talent Acquisition Specialist

If you want to make an impact where it matters apply now!

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