Need Planner

  • Malmö, Sweden
  • Full-time

Company Description

Our customers have been served food in IKEA stores since 1959. In 2017 we launched Category Area Food, as part of the pursuit of a world class food supply chain. We are currently putting in place the foundation, in terms of people and ways of working. Through consolidation of today’s supplier base of more than 1.100 suppliers of food to our stores, we secure an optimal sourcing, with a strong governance to secure good quality food and mitigate risks, including food fraud. 

Our wished position, is to setup a passionate and professional team, delivering high performance and robust business through a supplier base focused on safety, availability, cost, quality and sustainability. We strive to be relevant, attractive and trustworthy to become a preferred business partner.

You will be part of the Category Area Food Logistics team, which amongst Need Planner role includes Demand planners as well, located in Malmö. 

Please note that this position is temporary for a project until April 2021.

Job Description

As a Need Planner at IKEA Food your role is to secure availability of the food product range by collaborating effectively with all supply chain partners in order to reach the goal of the lowest possible supply chain cost. In the Need Planner role you have the opportunity to work on a global scene, through and with supply colleagues around the world to achieve common goals! You are globally responsible for balancing the outflow to stores against supplier capacities

This means that you create an executable supply plan for a given range and ensure that orders are planned and placed according to this. Your tasks include working actively with the system M3 to adapt logistics parameters and security stock to given prerequisites such as the forecasted outflow per Distribution Center (DC) and shelf life of product.

Furthermore, you plan goods flow in the product change process (both phasing in and out of products) in close cooperation with Demand planners and Supply planners among other stakeholders. 


Is this your next challenge? 
To be successful in this role we believe that you; 

•    Have a university degree in business/economics/logistics 
•    Have proven experience within supply, preferably in an international environment.
•    Have strong analytical skills with a problem solving approach
•    Have the ability to work with a holistic perspective, from supplier to retailer, as well as the capability to be in details
•    Have the ability to communicate in a clear, structured and honest way
•    Enjoy working towards fixed time frames in an operational context, but also capable of handling unforeseen   situations which require quick action and communication
•    Lead by example and have the ability to bring out the best in other team members 
•    Previous experience with M3 (Movex) is a merit

Your personal qualities are of great importance to us. For this position we are looking for a person who enjoys analyzing data and find improvements by exploring system capabilities and evaluating different approaches with concerned stakeholders. Structuring, planning and working methodically come naturally to you and you constantly strive to achieve the set quality requirements and business goals. As a person, you are patient and appreciate working in an environment where routines and processes are important for securing operations. Proactive communication approach and ability to collaborate with different people are qualifications that are highly valued.

Since we are a truly international environment, you need to be fluent in English, both spoken and written. You will work in an environment where your ideas are heard, where there is opportunity to learn new skills and where the goal is “to create a better everyday life for the many people”.

Additional Information

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Need Planning Manager Maria Rosengren, +46 729951452. With questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Recruitment Specialist Kristyna Brabcova at +46 733427586. Please note that we will be interviewing continuously, which means that we may close the application process earlier than stated if we find the right candidates.

We look forward to receiving your application in English, until 4th January 2020 at the latest!

IKEA Range & Supply has the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA stores with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. Each year IKEA Range & Supply introduce 2,000 new products in the IKEA stores. The total range is almost 10,000 products

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