Demand & Supply Planning Team Leader

  • Uxbridge, United Kingdom
  • Full-time

Company Description

One of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Yoplait and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2013 global net sales of US $17.8 billion.

We seek out the best of the best and give them development, support and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with us means joining a company that makes a difference for others. There is tremendous opportunity here for people who want to advance the industry, through innovation and nourish the world with quality.

Job Description

The Role

Key Objective

The primary objective of this role is to manage the team responsible for the Supply & Demand Planning
activities, including managing inventory strategies, daily ATP, and demand planning
. Providing input to monthly IBM process.

Frequent Contacts: UK&I Sales & Marketing Teams, Commercial Finance, Customer Demand Planners, General Mills  & Yoplait Factories, and External partners (3PL’s)

Key Dimensions: World Foods & BFYS represents £160m of the total business, working with approx. 200 SKU’s, working with the San Adrian manufacturing facility, and through the external supply chain with 3 co-packers

Key Responsibilities

Lead and develop a team of 2 demand and supply planners to the levels required to achieve the KPI’s set.

Work within the monthly IBP process to ensure that an accurate sales forecast is created.

Strive for continuous improvement in the Supply Chain team looking at areas of potential where process and ways of working can be improved.

Product Life Cycle Management: supporting continuous improvement in the innovation pipeline, driving excellence in operational execution with customer planning, leading regular SKU rationalisation reviews.

Work with the San Adrian Planning logistics team to ensure timely arrival of stock, managing key events and Co-Packers requirements

Provide management reports to be reviewed at the Exec on a monthly basis.

BLT representation for BFYS & World Foods

Member of the FET (Functional Excellence Team)

KPI’s targeted

  • Forecast Accuracy
  • Customer Service
  • Wastage Management
  • Stockholding management
  • Stability of production plan on a weekly basis
  • Company EBIT


Desired: Qualifications/Skills/Experience

  1. Degree Calibre
  2. Proven experience (FMCG) – Demand Planning, Supply Planning
  3. Strong systems knowledge – computer literate with a strong analytical capability (Excel, SAP
    & APO experience preferred)
  4. Strong oral and written communication skills
  5. Able to work cross-functionally
  6. Proven project management skills.

Required: Work Attributes/Qualities

  1. Strong analytical skills; problem solving
  2. Excellent interpersonal & influencing skills with ability to constructively challenge.
  3. Proven ability to work cross-functionally.
  4. Performance driven with a Continuous Improvement mind set.

  5. Proactive approach, working with minimum supervision.

  6. Collaborative approach to teamwork.

  7. Multi-tasker

  8. Ability to prioritize and work to tight deadlines