Supply Planner
Leicester, UK
3d ago

Supply Planner - Leicester

Purpose of Role

The role of the supply planner is to deliver high levels of stock availability to our customers, manage supplier performance and work cross functionally to continuously improve inventory management processes.

Each Supply Planner will plan their inventory availability in line with customer orders.

Role Responsibilities

The Supply Planner will be responsible for the following duties.

  • Plan and assign activities based on customer demand ensuring balancing supply, inventory and supplier production capacity to the targeted Line Fill Rate.
  • Manage the correct parameters for order placement, which includes stock balancing between branches & 81.
  • Purchase non-re-orderable products for branch / customer back orders within pre-agreed product ranges from group approved suppliers.
  • Vendor / Supplier Management and Sales and Operational planning to enable and manage a selection of key supplier accounts and ensuring OTIF Performance and any other set objectives are at the required standard target.
  • Working with cross functional teams to identify opportunities for stock vs cost optimisation.
  • Contact with Vendors / Suppliers to resolve any non-conformances / discrepancies within agreed SLAs.
  • Establish and maintain good networking relationships with the suppliers to ensure implementation and delivery of the above.
  • Support the business in mitigating excess inventory whilst keeping within the Company’s stocking policies and returning stock to suppliers where agreements are stipulated.
  • Assists in assigned projects, within the project management guidelines
  • Support other areas of the WDC / Group where appropriate to ultimately ensure a seamless service to the customer.
  • Signals and identifies shortcomings in current procedures, processes and tools and implements new alternatives where needed.
  • Key Relationships

  • HOI & Director of Inventory
  • when required
  • Senior Supply Planner
  • Inventory Analysts
  • Category Management
  • Supplier Commercial Management
  • Accounts Payable
  • Branches
  • Vendors / Suppliers
  • Customer Services
  • Role Requirements

    Experience and Knowledge :

  • Good understanding of inventory management principles and practices
  • Experience in Vendor / supplier management. Including International Vendor Management (VMI) Ideally 2-3 years’ experience.
  • The ability to effectively build and manage the vendor / supplier relationship to deliver results and contribute to vendor optimisation which supports the Cromwell Growth Strategy.
  • Understanding of the market and the distribution industry.
  • Commercial skills which can interpret and communicate financial impact, demonstrating an understanding of the total cost of acquisition.
  • Essential Qualifications & Skills : .

  • Confidence to make decisions and deliver at pace.
  • Ability to demonstrate customer-oriented thinking.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to build networks and effectively manage stakeholders, both internally across the business and externally.
  • Strong challenging, collaboration and influencing skills.
  • Demonstration of taking ownership and accountability by being proactive in driving action.
  • Ability to interpret data and reports and provide clear analytics / recommendations.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Sound financial and analytical skills.
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