Sales & Operations Planning Specialist

Job Description
To ensure that systems/processes necessary to deliver the company’s products to the marketplace are maintained and delivered effectively, efficiently, on-time, to specification and in a cost effective manner. As the S&OP Manager, you will be developing, leading and executing the business’s S&OP strategy, yielding improved value/experience for customers and an enhanced revenue/margin growth for the business.

What the job entails
* Work with Sales Managers and others to design robust sales forecasting processes based on global pipelines or funnel
* Review, analysis and consolidation of forecasts to provide accurate and timely monthly information and analysis at product and customer level for designated customers or global supply levels
* Monitor volume / value performance against forecast and budget and provide analysis of variances
* Agree weekly estimate of current month’s sales volumes for further factory planning
* Facilitate the planning function, including creation of medium and long-term plans to meet the needs of the customer base (ongoing contract reviews)
* Drive and co-ordinate the Sales & Operations Plan (S&OP) including the creation of the S&OP plan, chairing the S&OP meeting and execution of the agreed plan
* Coordinate a cross functional team on planning through periodic requirement cycles insuring performance to expectation and identification and implementation of improvement activities
* Understand and communicate key issues / actions for the weekly / monthly S&OP meetings
* Monitor operational performance against agreed plans, identify capacity variances, and ensure effective utilization and delivery of capacity
* Encourage and promote operate in a continuous improvement environment
* Recommend and maintain optimal inventory levels and various stages in the supply chain to achieve customer satisfaction levels as well as mitigate inventory exposure
* Execute all facets of the S&OP process to provide an optimum customer service level and working capital performance
* Liaise with Material Planners on short term inventory status and establish variance on open order commitment and formulate adequate communication to customers
* Assist with run in/out of stock on new lines/deletions keeping redundant stock and recommend actions to resolve/improve
* Understand key issues on dumped/redundant stock and recommend actions to resolve/improve
* Monitor service levels and recommend methods to improve
* Work with supply chain to ensure early warning and quick reaction to potential supply issues and ensure most effective resolution

Person Requirements
Essential:
* Very good understanding of operational and planning processes
* High degree of numeracy and comfortable working with and manipulating data
* Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers and improving a Sales and Operations planning process
* Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner
* Comfortable in utilizing systems – e.g. SAP, Salesforce.com, Excel or other propriety forecasting software
* Customer facing, can do attitude
* Self-motivated – drive continuous improvement without external challenge
* Ability to work across functions, particularly commercial and supply

Desirable
* Understanding of Supply Chain operations and customer service
* Proven experience in Demand Planning role

Quick Info
Type: 12 month contract
Salary: £43k
Location: Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full time (Mon – Fri)

Closing Date of Applications: 30th November 2017

Client
Our client is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact.

Interested in applying?
Apply by sending in your up-to-date CV and a short cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications/experiences required for the role.

** We advise you to apply early