Supply Planner

Posted 12 January 2023
Salary £35000 - £40000 per annum + 10% bonus
Job type Permanent
Discipline Engineering & Manufacturing
Contact NameChris Quinn

Job description

Vickerstock are working in partnership with an industry leading, family owned, manufacturer based in the Newtownards area on the appointment of an experienced Supply Planner.

Reporting to the Supply Planning Manager you will be responsible for creating supply plans across specific value streams to meet service levels. With an outstanding ability to navigate across short, medium and long-term needs, responding very quickly to internal and external signals to deliver across all the planning horizons.

You will work closely with site operations, procurement, and the demand teams to ensure a proper flow of information and operational execution.

What's in it for you:

  • Starting salary of up to £40,000 (depending on experience)
  • 10% annual bonus
  • Personal development and career progression
  • Company perks

In your new role:


  • Integrated tactical and strategic planning
  • Program leader within the Demand and Supply Execution team
  • Develop short, medium, and long-range supply plans for items produced internally and externally
  • Deliver supply plans to support the Business Planning process
  • Ensure accurate information is communicated to key stakeholders regarding constraints/opportunities versus the plan
  • Accountable to conduct the monthly Supply Review as part of the Business Planning cycle, through efficient coordination with the BU stakeholders, consolidating the supply position and providing an accurate representation of stock availability and supply situation

Stock management

  • Deliver master plans (including capacity considerations) and material requirement plans
  • Working alongside NPD and NPI to help support, create and manage supply plans
  • Review and manage requests for incremental stock versus the plan and ability to support
  • Work directly with the BU's to understand SKU risks and constraints and manage this back
  • Maintain the integrity of system data and information for supply planning including stocking policies

Process improvement

  • Partner across BU functions and sites to establish best practice standards, ways of working and associated metrics to provide transparency on performance
  • The development and maintenance of documented Supply procedures and continuous improvement of planning processes
  • Perform root cause analysis for continuous improvement of the plan
  • Supporting life cycle portfolio review to ensure supply plans are adapting alongside the internal and external influences, ensuring the plans deliver operational efficiency's and improvements
  • Continuous improvement within the Supply team, contributing and leading as required, specific improvement activities both locally and cross-functionally

What you will need to succeed:

  • Detailed knowledge of supply planning and inventory management processes and protocols
  • Experience in an IBP/S&OP environment
  • Experience in Supply Chain, including hands on experience in a supply planning role
  • Experience with planning applications, ERP, MRP, APS, Warehouse management systems
  • Solid knowledge of data analysis, inventory management and forecasting techniques
  • Previous team management experience
  • An analytical mind with strong attention to detail
  • The role requires an individual with strong communication skills that can adapt their influencing style and presentation skills according to the forum and /or audience
  • Outstanding organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Self-managed individual who can act autonomously
  • Team player with collaborative style and strong listening and partnering skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

Desirable (It would be great if you have these but don't worry if you don't)

  • A champion of S&OP, using continuous improvement and digital solutions to help support the key deliverables.
  • Previous experience with Sage X3
  • Experience with visual reporting tools (ie. PowerBI)
  • Formal Supply Chain credential (APICS)
  • An understanding of fundamental lean Six Sigma concepts and tools

For a confidential conversation on how the team at Vickerstock can support you with your next move, give our Supply Chain specialist, Chris a call on 028 9031 3720.