SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER - EMEA
"Experienced FMCG Inventory Supply Planning and Demand Forecasting Specialist required to manage imported Inventory ensuring optimum On Shelf Availability and On Time in Full Order Fulfilment."
Oxfordshire (Hybrid Office and Working from Home)
£40-45000 (Dependent On Experience) Excellent Benefits
Managing inventory requirements isn't easy at the best of times. As someone experienced in demand planning and inventory forecasting, you'll know that feeling well.
However, when there are the combined effects of a pandemic, container ships getting stuck in the Suez Canal, and the UK has a whole new world of international trade procedures to work out, it all becomes that bit more challenging.
But maybe you're the kind of person who's secretly enjoyed those challenges?
Perhaps you've been working as part of a demand planning team and feel that now's the right time to move into a role where you can be the subject matter expert? Or, possibly, you're an experienced supply chain manager who loves the analytical part of the job and could bring your knowledge to a new company.
Your background will include working in an FMCG environment, supplying goods to retail/wholesale/e-commerce. You'll need excellent supply planning and demand forecasting capabilities and be used to dealing with large data sets and modelling scenarios in Excel to ensure adequate supply to fulfil orders/promotions.
Our client needs someone like you to take responsibility for their inventory purchasing and availability forecasting function. They're based in the UK and supply domestic consumer products to an impressive portfolio of well-known retailers and sell directly to the end customer.
All their products are manufactured in the Far East, and the United States, so you'll be able to bring your prior knowledge of working with manufacturers in those countries. Our client doesn't export, so all the focus of this role is around importing and inbound product management.
They currently know their demand planning and availability forecasting needs to be more robust as they struggle for availability, so that's your first challenge to overcome. As a minimum, you'll need to be an advanced Excel user or, ideally, have experience of using BI software such as Qlikview or Tableau.
But it's not only about making sure that the factories produce enough products to cover your requirements. You'll also need to work closely with the warehousing and distribution team to factor in warehouse capacity and resources when creating your plans. As such, you'll need to be a confident communicator with all departments and levels of the business.
The role is based out the head office in South Oxfordshire for three days per week with the other two home-based. There will be the occasional need for you to visit the distribution centre a couple of hours away in the midlands.
To apply for this role, please send your CV quoting reference LX 799567.