Skip to main content

Global Planning Specialist - ekaterra

Job ID:
Supply Chain
Katowice, Silesia
Date posted:

Job Title: Global Planning Specialist - ekaterra

Work Location: Katowice, Poland

Starting date: As quickly as possible

Job type:  Full-time

Work level: Specialist

Travel: Limited travel required

About ekaterra

With an annual turnover of around €2bn, ekaterra is the world’s largest tea business, with world-class, purpose-driven brands such as Lipton, Pukka, Tazo, T2 and PG Tips. ‘eka’ is a word taken from the Sanskrit language which means unity and one purpose, while ‘terra’ represents the earth and nature. As ekaterra we are truly united in one purpose: growing a world of wellbeing through the regenerative power of plants.

In July 2022, CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII took over the full ownership of the ekaterra business from its previous owner, Unilever. As a standalone entity with a dedicated single-category focus, ekaterra is even better positioned to lead the tea industry, delivering higher growth and value, and a greater impact on the wider world. With 11 production factories in four continents and tea growing estates in three countries, ekaterra is a profitable and growing business whose brands reach hundreds of millions of consumers. It has a presence in over 100 countries.

Under the ownership of CVC, ekaterra has an exciting future ahead with opportunities for increased investments in our iconic brands, our people, and our capabilities. Combining the strength and scale of our brands with a focus on speed and agility, ekaterra is brewing a corporate start-up mindset that’s opening-up new opportunities for its people to flourish every day.

At ekaterra, we put consumer love at the heart of every decision. We celebrate diverse thinkers who take personal ownership to connect ideas and make impactful things happen; people who share our values around humanity and courage and give their commitment to nurturing the wellbeing of all. In return, we offer a working culture that gives our people freedom and flexibility, and where they can grow both personally and professionally to master their field.

Be part of our amazing blend. Come and grow yourself and, in turn, help us to grow a world of wellbeing.

Your Role:

As Global Planning specialist, you will be part of the Planning Excellence & Central SC Master Data Management Team and your priorities are:

  • Technical responsibilities. Govern data management and integration.  Material master data creation and maintenance. Standardize reporting and analytics.  Ensure data integrity of planning systems.

  • Functional responsibilities. Offer functional expertise to business processes before building them into the Planning platform.  Perform centralized processes like portfolio segmentation, baseline generation, and analysis of Global 3PM (multi-region) suppliers.

  • Education. Standardized onboarding process and education.  User training for License to operate the planning systems.  Develop planning capabilities within the organization.

  • Communication. Establish forum to communicate planning updates, changes and enhancements to the systems.  Build of community of practice across the business.

You will be an empowered member of our team, reporting to the Global Planning Excellence & SC Master Data Manager and closely collaborating with the Regional Planning Team. You will maintain a close working relationship across the SC Planning and Master Data functions to ensure that the Planning Excellence and Central SC Master Data Management Team in the Tea business is responsible for the continuous improvement of the planning tools and processes and to provide a centralized subject matter expertise in planning including supply chain-related master data management

This is a key function to establish a governance structure and support the transformation.

Its aim is to eliminate planning silos across the globe through the governance of planning best practices and continuous improvement activities across the enterprise.

Bring a sense of pragmatism to the planning requirements for the Tea business will be key so that we optimize the solutions we put in place in terms of complexity and cost.

Your Key Tasks:

  • Develop and maintain workflows in Kinaxis for each planning modules

  • Provide thought-leadership for the characterization of historical demand and work with Regional Demand Managers and local demand planners to develop effective forecast models

  • Data analysis of demand patterns, promo profiles and other data sources to inform demand planning strategies and models.

  • Develops performance analytics and reporting in line with global standards set by Global Planning Manager and RDMs.

  • Monitor performance analytics and reporting in line with global standards set by Global Planning Excellence and SC MDM.

  • Support Global Planning Manager in managing Community of Planners including learning material creation and maintenance, collection of best practices and communication of enhancements and changes in the system

  • Oversee Global 3PM (multi-region suppliers)

  • Identify improvement and development through benchmarking, process health checks and assessments, planners-skills assessments

  • Based on the input provided by data requestors create, extend, maintain, or terminate material master data for all material types in respective systems.

  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality master data which meets the requirements of our internal and external customers, considering relevant global standards.

  • Coordinate master data creation process to assure it is produced on time and in full.

  • Support Material Workflow users in creating material master data. Provide guidance or training to improve efficiency of material creation process. Informs requestors and data users about status of material workflow.

  • Analyzes and troubleshoot system issues reported by data users. First point of contact towards business users regarding any SC data topic. Provide regular reports regarding master data availability, quality, and workflow performance.

  • Lead and deploy planning projects that help unlock process efficiencies and improve the planners’ effectiveness in analyzing their data and delivering business KPIs.

  • Supports and Implement key supply chain master data management processes for data objects such as product masters and other SC owned master data objects, ensuring alignment to other areas

  • Support maintenance and enhancements of existing tools like S4 Hana and Kinaxis

  • Lead in gathering user requirements of enhancements and creation of test scripts for the planning solutions to be implemented

  • Coordinate system integration testing (SITs) with IT for any enhancements in the system

  • Manage user acceptance testing (UATs) of enhancements to the planning solutions

  • NB. Regional Demand Managers and Demand Planners still own the baseline forecasts and are responsible for the cleansed history input to baseline forecasts and lifecycle management (Transition mapping) but the Planning Analysts support the history analysis and cleansing, and identify the optimal statistical models, so once set up, this is a routine process that is managed by exception.

Key Interfaces and relevant stakeholders for this role:

  • Reporting line to the Global Planning manager while ensuring close collaboration with the market team

  • Interacting with the Organisational Functions Teams

  • Supporting and interacting closely with regional operational planners

Required Experiences:

  • At least 3 years in Planning Management

  • Has experience of planning tools in a complex global business

  • Ideally has experience of Kinaxis Rapid Response or similar cloud-based supply chain planning tools and experience of SAP

  • Effective juggling of multiple deliverables simultaneously

  • Good understanding of working in a multicultural international environment and the ability to deliver results in an agile environment.

Required Skills:

  • Fluent in English

  • Deep understanding of data-mining techniques and statistical forecasting

  • Knowledge and expertise in SAP data objects and MDM particularly on Supply Chain Master Data

  • Ability to effectively communicate complex concepts in straight-forward ways

  • Basic understanding of customer service and inventory KPIs

  • Knowledge in Visualization tools (Power BI, Anaplan, DOMO, etc) is an advantage

  • Advanced level of expertise in all MS Office platforms.

  • Team player. Keeps a balance between personal accountability and delivery through teamwork.

  • Proactive ‘can do’ attitude with flexibility in handling ad hoc requests with short deadlines.

  • Excellent bias for action, shows accountability and responsibility.

  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple tasks at once, as well as the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities.

Excited about the Role?

Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements, and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Unilever is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity to drive our business results and create a better future, every day, for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

Join our talent network

Do you want to stay informed of new roles and programmes, receive interesting updates and relevant content? Then become part of our Unilever talent community so you know what’s going on when.

Join now

Sign up for job alerts

Make sure you see job opportunities when they become available. Just leave a few details below to stay up to date with jobs that suit you and your skills.

Interested InSelect a job category from the list of options. Select a location from the list of options. Finally, click “Add” to create your job alert.

Connect with us

We’re always looking to connect with those who share an interest in a sustainable future.

Contact us

Get in touch with Unilever PLC and specialist teams in our headquarters, or find contacts around the world.

Contact us