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Demand Planner

KPI Recruitment Ltd
Closing date
15 Jan 2021

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Planning, Purchasing, Supply Chain
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

Here is an opportunity to join a relatively new department with a market leader in the fresh produce sector.


  • Owning the demand planning process for a category across multiple planning horizons at both fruit type, variety and SKU level by Retailer
  • Translating the commercial forecast across all time horizons into an actionable demand plan which will ensure minimum impact on the packing operations and maximum customer service against the sales plan
  • Tracking the performance of Retailers across the agreed supply plan and driving continued accuracy and improvements within the 3-12 week planning window, and yearly plan
  • Highlighting risks and opportunities to the Supply Planning Team and developing mitigating actions together with Commercial, Growers and Procurement teams, collaborating with commercial and creating opportunities and Marketing initiatives
  • Analysing Demand Planning variations to forecast/plan and work with the Commercial team to understand causal influences and mitigations
  • Representing the Demand Planning function within the Planning group meetings
  • Assisting in the delivery of industry leading customer service levels and minimising product waste through proactive customer and supplier engagement.
  • Enhancing forecasting capabilities and accuracy, building relationships with key internal customers
  • Providing a clear view of what potential shortage and surplus positions we have against the current demand plans and establish contingency plans to prevent issues, ensuring customer service levels are maintained/improved
  • Work closely with Supply Planning and Procurement counterparts to ensure proper levels of supply to achieve the plan 


  • Owning and developing the demand plans for their category in the short (3-12 weeks), and medium-term (1yr) horizons across BG, reporting to Demand Planning Manager.
  • Creation of a demand plan working primarily with Retailers and Insights.
  • Drive order accuracy and improved communications from the Retailers to the various stakeholders
  • Work with the Supply Planners to ensure the availability of product is matched to supply plans and issues are raised and solved
  • Monitor and deliver functions' performance against set goals and objectives. (i.e. customer service, forecast accuracy, market share)
  • Advise and counsel Retailers, commercial, and Technical on fruit demand and proposed plans
  • Ensure the Commercial Planners have a robust and accurate plan to cover the next phase/horizon window (wk1-2)


  • An understanding or directly related experience in demand planning
  • Preferably experience in fresh produce or similar sectors
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal relations skills.
  • Highly developed influencing and collaboration and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills and confidence to work with numbers
  • Knowledge of ERP & forecasting systems

Could this be your fresh start to 2021?

KPI Recruitment Ltd is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

All candidates registering with KPI Recruitment Ltd. will need to provide proof of identity, and evidence of any experience, training and qualifications our client considers necessary for their position.


KPI Recruitment Ltd. recruit Senior, Technical and Management staff for the UK Food & Drinks Manufacturing Industry. Handling and filling some of the best vacancies in the FMCG sector, candidates and companies alike have benefited from KPI’s innovative approach to filling Food & Drinks Manufacturing Industry jobs throughout the UK. Whether you have vacancies you need to fill or you are a candidate looking for jobs in the UK Food & Drink Manufacturing industry, call us for a confidential discussion of your FMCG requirements.

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Contact Us
  • 1 St Colme St
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 6AA
  • GB
  • 0131 226 1044
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