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ekaterra - Demand and Supply Planner

Job ID:
R-46166
Category:
Supply Chain
Location:
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
Date posted:
09/07/2022

Who we are…and what we do 

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

The planner is responsible for creating and owning the demand forecast as well as converting that forecast into a production requirement/master production schedule to be handed over to the Sourcing Unit/copackers.

Your Key Tasks

Demand Planning:

  • Drive S&OP process in the business (identifying gaps in forecast vs target, orders vs. forecasts and supply vs. orders)

  • Responsible and ensure 24 month rolling volume forecast is available and is communicated to all sourcing units through different IT systems for operational planning purposes

  • Perform sales analysis and understanding key trends.

  • Focuses on collaborative "bottom-up" planning with Customer Development, Brand, and Customer Supply Chain. Continuously improve forecast accuracy to deliver high customer service levels and simultaneously support the reduction of finished goods inventory. Lead implementation of any new S&OP tools/processes in association with Demand Planning Excellence.

  • Forecast uploading for Distributor markets (Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand)

Supply Planning:

  • Responsible for the creation of the midterm plan and liaise regularly with the sourcing units to ensure market volume requirements can be met.

  • Key objective is to convert forecast into the production plan while managing inventory levels, filling and component capacity, and customer service.

  • Cost optimization and network capacity management (short and long term) are key ongoing priorities.

  • To work with customer service team on stock allocation when facing tight supply of finished goods to improve customer service level.

  • To monitor aging stocks for finished goods and liaise with Sales and Marketing on the short shelf-life FG to reduce potential business waste.

Stakeholder Management and key interfaces

  • This role will interact with Marketing, Customer Development and Finance as part of the S&OP process as well as the 3PM in Malaysia and other sourcing units.

  • This role will report to the Australasia Supply Chain Lead

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in Operations, Demand and Supply Planning and Supply Chain

  • Degree in Engineering, Logistics, Operations Planning, Supply Chain or related fields

  • Experienced in Make to Stock Planning

  • Good communication skills and team commitment

  • Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint

  • Experienced with SAP APO & ECC

  • Good quantification and analytical skills

  • Ability to work flexibly dynamic and uncertain environment

  • Worked in FMCG industry

  • Nice to have: Experience with Kinaxis

Who we are looking for

  • Ability to quickly move between large scale strategic decision making and deploying tactical resources to solve short-term supply chain challenges

  • Highly adaptable and entrepreneurial

  • A passionate networker

  • Driven by innovation and strong change affinity

  • Embrace a high growth mindset with strong love for consumers, shoppers, and customers

  • Have strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills with diverse, multi-functional stakeholders

  • End to end management, ability to understand the big picture but also comfortable with details and managing the operations

  • Independent, self-starter, ability to discover opportunities and grow the business

What we can offer you

We believe that growth is for everyone, we believe in growing leaders and making space to grow an owner’s mentality and like nature we adapt, we change and we grow. We believe in connections over hierarchies and (work)levels. We have a 'corporate start-up' approach; we act with speed and agility and we have the strength and scale of a large corporation. We are building a better world of wellbeing and a better you.

Excited about the Role?

Please apply online by clicking on “Apply” below. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements. Should you not meet our immediate requirements, your profile will be registered in our talent pool system and we will match your profile to suitable future vacancies.

You will be able to access your status update through the candidate tracking link.

Thank you for your interest and application. Should you require additional information, please contact Satoshi Miura via this email: Satoshi.Miura@ekaterratea.com

ekaterra is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity to drive our business results and create a better future, every day, for our employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. We are interested in every individual bringing their whole self to work and this includes you! Therefore 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.

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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