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Supply Planning Manager

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Supply Chain
Katowice, Silesia
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About the Tea Business 

Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained. 

The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value.

The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers.

As we move through this journey towards separation, we are seeking employees with a passion for exciting entrepreneurial experiences, who want to pursue unique career opportunities and have a desire to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company.

Purpose of the job:

The Beverages Category Planning Team plays a pivotal role in ensuring that service, cost and cash are balanced across Europe. Together with the Category Planning manager, the Planning Manager is responsible for the delivery of these planning KPI’s across the E2E network.


  • Manage a team of planners to deliver the category Supply Chain targets in terms of Service, Inventory and Cost for production of tea across 2 sourcing sites (one in Poland and one in UK).

  • Lead and support Supply Chain continuous improvements, by providing intelligence and planning expertise in all areas of customer service, inventory management, residuals and waste and end-to-end SC optimisation projects.

  • Lead the capacity planning agenda, support mid/longer term network studies with clear risk mitigation plans to deliver growth, agility, responsiveness and cost competitiveness. Data analysis for network investments and CAPEX approval.

  • Close co-operation with the factory management team, especially Works Directors

    • Prepare the analysis of the overall capacity utilisation and stock glidepaths based on the appropriate supply strategy

    • Balance productivity, manning and costs together with the Works Directors

    • Managing production resources

  • Close co-operation with European sales offices responsible for forecasting market demand

  • Ad hoc crisis management and appropriate stake holder management both at operational and senior management level

  • Participating in coordination of promotion and introduction of new products in close cooperation with T&I, Production, Quality, Material Planning teams

  • Compliance with health and safety regulations. / Environmental Protection and Employer Rules and Procedures and their enforcement from subordinate employees.

  • Ad hoc category project management


  • Lead a team of 13 planners and build good working relationships (including virtual teams), ensure appropriate development and training of the team as well as managing performance

  • High analytical skills, numerical affinity and an ability to present complex and detailed information clearly and concisely to a wide audience across several departments

  • Strong planning skills and experience

  • Good financial skills and good business understanding in general.

  • Project management skills.

  • In depth system knowledge (SAP, APO, Excel, Power BI, Aera and alike).

  • Fluent English and strong stakeholder management skills

  • University degree

  • 5+ Years in Supply Chain operations, preferably some in factory planning.

  • Supply chain (APICS or similar) qualification preferred.

Some travel (15-20%) expected Covid restriction permitting.

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.

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