Sales and Operational Planning Manager - Fresh Produce
- Job Reference: AJ/SPM
- Date Posted: 13 July 2022
- Recruiter: KHR - Recruitment Specialists
- Location: Maidstone, Kent
- Salary: On Application
- Bonus/Benefits: Benefits + Annual Bonus
- Sector: Warehousing & Manufacturing
- Job Type: Permanent
- Work Hours: Full Time
We are currently working with a leading Fresh Produce business based near Maidstone.
Due to ongoing growth, they are currently seeking an experienced Sales and Operational Planning Manager to join their established team.
The Sales and Operational Planning Manager will be responsible for the following:
- Owning the sales and operational planning process across the rolling 2 week planning horizon
- Delivering against key planning and business KPI's, monitor and report forecast bias & accuracy results to Demand Planning Manager and Supply Planning Manager contacts to assist in future planning
- Collaborating with Commercial to incorporate exceptional commercial adjustments into the sales & operational plan, liaising with key stakeholders to ensure no adverse impact to plans and ensuring forecast is accurate
- Assisting in the delivery of industry leading customer service levels and minimising product waste through proactive customer and supplier engagement.
- Enhancing forecasting capabilities and accuracy, building relationships with key internal customers
- Lead the Commercial Planners enabling strong relationships to be formed
- Mitigate stock outs, or failures to supply, by planning across the network, - -- -liaising with all departments appropriately.
- Owning and developing the Sales & Operational Planning process in the short-term (weeks 1-2) across the business reporting to Head of Planning.
- Lead the team to ensure Growers are actively involved in the sales & operational planning process.
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:
- Previous experience working in a similar role.
- Experience within the fresh produce sector.
- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal relations skills.
- Highly developed influencing and collaboration and facilitation skills.
- Excellent analytical skills and confidence to work with numbers.
- Knowledge of ERP and forecasting systems.
- Management experience preferred
This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business that can offer a competitive remuneration package along with ongoing training and development. They also offer an excellent benefits package including 25 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays), Travel Insurance, Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Private Medical Insurance, Pension Scheme and an annual bonus of 15%.
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