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Finished Goods Planner

Posted: 6 Sep 2019 Closes: 13 Sep 2019
Manchester Competitive
Permanent & Full-time 1900087Y

Package:            Competitive salary + generous pension + subsidised products + free parking

Hours:                Monday – Friday Office Hours


Here at Unilever Trafford Park, we manufacture tea, A LOT of tea – 2,000 tea bags a minute in fact.  We are going through a genuinely v exciting time right now, as Pukka Tea joins the Unilever family, which means a number of new tea blends will be produced on site.


To help support this increased production, we are looking for a Finished Goods Planner with a background in FMCG or retail planning, to ensure the Pukka Tea is planned and manufactured in line with operational schedules. This is a brand new role and whoever joins the team will have the opportunity to really shape the direction of it. 


You will plan the factory production lines in such a way as to deliver the site performance targets of Customer Service, Inventory, Line Efficiency and Cost. 

What would my key accountabilities be?
  • Deliver on-time production plans for production lines and coordinate the adherence to these schedules with the operational teams

  • Build relationships with customers and influence forecast and demand signals.

  • Manage changes within the planning horizon to demand and production with customers and lead communication with customers

  • Ensure the delivery of planning performance targets including customer service, inventory, obsoletes and responsiveness within the horizon. Support the delivery of wider site objectives including cost, line efficiency, waste, mid/long-term planning targets etc

  • Communicate plans and plan-changes to the Materials Planning team, working with them to resolve any issues and in case of critical service risks, forming part of the cross-category team to manage this risk

  • Identify, implement and share improvements in ways of working, systems or processes within the scope of planning.

  • Collaborate with colleagues and cover absences as appropriate for the delivery of site objectives


What skills and experience do I need? 

  • Experience working in a similar planning role gained in a FMCG manufacturing or large retail environment

  • Strong SAP, Excel and web-based and excel based planning tools experience

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to react quickly, think on feet and problem solve

  • Understanding of the End to End Supply Chain process and the impact of local factory / retail planning

  • Comfortable presenting to others, be that in person or over Skype

Company Overview

Unilever is a global Fast-Moving Consumer Goods company in the UK and Ireland. We are already on target to achieve our huge ambition to double the size of our business globally whilst reducing our environmental impact. We are growing our business and also doing what is right for our consumers, community and environment. We are developing brands for people’s lives today and for the changing environment tomorrow - making sustainable living commonplace.

Working at Unilever means that you get to take part in this exciting journey and work with amazing people who are really passionate about our large portfolio of famous brands. We want to improve billions of lives and you too can join us in making a sustainable difference.

Application Process

Please note: As part of the job application, you will be asked to complete a brief online application form. Completion of the form is required in order to be considered. Please allow yourself enough time to complete the application form as when filled out partially or not at all it may adversely affect the progress of your application. Please be aware that you will have to complete the form at once as you will be unable to return to it later.

Unilever is an equal opportunities employer


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