Mid Level
Planning and Demand Manager (Maternity Cover)
William Jackson Food Group

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: Thursday, 13 September 2018

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The role will have overall management of the planning of our factories ensuring that there is a robust stockholding profile that balances the need for excellent service levels as well as factory efficiency and labour utilisation. The job holder will need to have great communication and influencing skills and be able to manage stakeholders at all levels of the organisation.

Key Responsibilities of a Planning & Demand Manager

  • Lead the demand and planning teams ensuring the team are working towards the agreed KPI’s, review and implement new KPI’s as required

  • Ensure the team are analysing and reporting demand trends to the business and identifying ways to improve accuracy

  • Maintain awareness of operational / supply chain variances to ensure adherence to budget

  • Constantly monitor demand accuracy on work cross functionally to improve

  • Ensure a high level of input into the consensus forecast

  • Working with the category team, maintain a high level understanding of the retail market and possible effects on forward demand

  • Ensure the overall capacity plan and the Supply Chain planner is implementing the best plan in respect to both stockholding levels as well as factory efficiency as well as labour utilisation

  • Maintain business awareness of any potential capacity / labour utilisation issues

  • Gain a full understanding of the distribution plan and that link through demand and supply

  • Attend and lead the Demand review meeting and also be the chair of the supply meeting

  • Review and evolve the supply / demand and planning system

  • Provide structured feedback to the demand and supply planning teams on forecast accuracy / supply accuracy and areas for improvement together with root cause analysis on misses.

  • Work cross functionally to identify improvements to current process with a view to attain higher levels of customer service / operational efficiency

  • Facilitate training to educate various parts of the business on the demand / planning process

  • Provide training to the supply chain planner / demand planner to ensure best practices are being followed

  • Maintain a CI approach to all activities and implement cost savings initiatives

  • Work with the business integration team to ensure the process is adhered to

  • Contribute to ensure NPD is delivered on time and in full

  • Build relationships with the supply base, resolve issues when elevated from the supply chain planner

Planning & Demand Manager Skills and Experience

To be considered for this role you will have:

  • Proven experience in successively challenging managerial leadership positions

  • Negotiation skills across a broad platform

  • Excellent analytical skillsets

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

  • Capable of building and maintaining effective and trusting relationships as well as

  • Comfortable and capable of seeing the “big picture”; able to think conceptually and strategically, yet able to deliver concrete results

  • High energy and self-motivated, and confident of leading change

  • ERP\Preactor\FRM Knowledge preferred

  • Proven experience in Statistical Forecasting, Business Forecasting and communication to large teams and upper management.

  • Experience in and/or exposure to S&OP processes and procedures, customer planning and/or supply planning.

  • Experience in leading transformational projects

  • Pragmatic approach to problem solving in a timely fashion.

  • Positive/personable attitude at all times. Highly self-aware.

  • Ownership and responsibility for achieving personal growth and development for the team.

  • Cross functional development of team working throughout the business and with external partners/agencies.

About us

Aunt Bessie’s is a company with strong values and the desire to balance short and long term growth, further diversifying and building our brand.  As market leader across a number of sectors within the UK frozen food category we are known and loved by our consumers for delivering food that is the next best thing to home-made.  From our heartland Yorkshire Puddings and Potatoes to newer, on-trend products like Vegetable Chips, Aunt Bessie’s provides a helping hand in the kitchen and is committed to building a business to be proud of.


Contact information

Donna Thornton

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