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Location: ASHFORD, KENT Salary: 30000 - 33000 GBP Per Annum
Sector: Procurement & Supply Chain Job Type: Contract
Shift Type: N/A Applications: 1
Posted: 11 months ago Reference: 3049391
An excellent opportunity has arisen to join an exciting customer focused team working as the Supply Chain Planning Manager. Leading a small team you will be responsible for working closely with some of their key corporate customers, developing relationships and gathering insights into their events and activities in order to drive continual improvements in the companies service offering.

Take an active role in supporting & developing the Customer Planning team, demonstrating best practise, taking a lead-role in engaging with customers & sales where required as well as taking a line management role whereappropriate.
Be proactive in developing ways of working that generate the most value adding Customer insights
Own & manage the pipeline of activities within own area of responsibility & allocate resource to activities in line with need. Work with the other SC Planning Managers to ensure resource is allocated appropriately dependent on business need & tasks in progress at any giventime.
Collaborate with Customers Account Management Team to gather forecast value added insight for key demand events (promotions, allocations, menu changes, category switches events etc), challenge, validate & analyse the impact & communicate across the companies supply chain & Distribution network.
Work with Customers to gather insight relating to supply changes (bespoke product switches, bespoke supplier changes etc) and support with managing & communicating that change by working with Customers, Suppliers and across the companys supply chain & distribution network. Collaborate with customers to ensure wastage risk against bespoke products is identified & tracked within 6 months of its shelf-life end or with sufficient time to take action to avoid waste.
Work with Customers to ensure that bespoke product discontinuations are cleared from the companies Supply Chain & Distribution network within or in line with the agreed timelines or Customer contract.
Build the appropriate relationships with Internal Sales Teams to gather insight relating to sales driven change (e.g. customer brand switching or nominated to list lineswitches)
Ensure that feedback is provided to Customers or Sales Teams on the quality of their insights
Agree policies with sales teams and/or customers to manage waste/stock clearance where those policies do not already exist
Work with Customers to monitor inbound Nominated Supplier Performance and to drive improvement where necessary
Coach & mentor the team to enable a culture of continuous improvement

Essential at least 3 years experience in a customer facing role
Essential at least 3 years experience in a Supply Chain role, preferably in retail, foodservice or FMCG company.
Experience of people management desirable but notessential
Understanding of outlook tools (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook & Word) and experience of using an ERP system.
Experience or involvement in delivering or working as part of a project team essential
Understanding of lean principles or other continuous improvement methodology desirable.
Six Sigma Yellow or Green Belt would be advantageous.
Understanding of a distribution network & associated operational challenges desirable but not essential

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