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Material Planner

  • Posted: 8 Oct 2021
  • Supply Chain
  • Liverpool
  • United Kingdom

About the job


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About the role

An opportunity has arisen for an exciting position within our Supply Chain department as Materials Operations Planner. You will be responsible for medium and long term planning of Raws, Packs and Semi Finished materials to support the Powders portfolio of products. Working within the S&OP process to plan achievement of business inventory targets and to highlight capacity gaps in vendor supply or supply point capability. The ultimate goal is to optimise the balance between the right availability and inventory costs to ensure the lowest total cost and impact on cash cycle.

We are looking for candidates who have significant experience within a Supply Chain management or Purchasing function and a degree in a relevant field. Previous experience in a manufacturing planning environment are an advantage. The right person will have fantastic commercial awareness, be system savvy, analytical, enjoy working with a wide variety of stakeholders and able to work under pressure and deadlines. In return you’ll get a fantastic benefits package and a salary dependant on your experience. 

About us


What would I do on a day to day basis?

  • To drive continuous improvement in our Materials Planning activity and add value beyond the transactional scheduling and execution. This will include forecasting for vendors and for our S&OP process, inventory and working capital management, vendor management and supply chain modelling.
  • Manage inventory of R&P, using quantity, physical space requirements and value as the drivers for decision making regarding
  • Age and expiration of stock
  • Minimum order sizes
  • Minimum delivery quantities
  • Lead times
  • Ensure reliable forecast to SSD for monitoring and creating new contracts but also to strengthen the relationship with suppliers on visibility, reliability and supply.
  • Drive vendor management initiatives and build link between SSD, Suppliers and Supply Chain, including taking ownership and participate in your part in regular reviews with suppliers.
  • Create the material budget & inventory outlook for Raws and Packaging and provide the latest estimates during the year.
  • Define initiatives for optimising materials management including, inventory optimisation, warehouse capacity constraints, supplier partnering
  • Monitor R&P inventory, blocked, slow moving etc, and seek for decision of stockholders.
  • Continuously challenge suppliers against the supply chain logistic requirements and drive changes.


If you think this role might be of interest, please send your CV and covering letter to us by Friday 22nd October 2021. 


You can find further details about us, and other potential roles at www.danone.com.


Ensuring an inclusive working culture that is accessible to all is important to us. We therefore support flexible ways of working wherever possible. Please let us know in your application if and how you would like to explore flexible working for this position.