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Head of Inventory Planning Manager

Posted 6 April by Focus Resourcing Easy Apply Ended

Our client is looking to recruit a Head of Inventory Planning Manager to lead and optimise the businesses Inventory Planning function. Taking a strategic approach, embedding an agile stock management strategy that supports long term sustainable organic and acquisitive growth within fast moving and dynamic UK & International markets.

Through the team, effectively maintain an ordering and stock flow pattern that provides sufficient availability for a variable demand and lead-time product portfolio, meeting targets for product availability and stock holding value.

Success in this role requires a combination of strategic and analytical thinking, effectively developing and communicating a strategy, and able to build support for that strategy within their team and in collaboration with other teams. Due to the complex nature of the function, the ideal candidate will also have a passion and competency mastering highly quantitative and analytical topics, as well as extensive operations experience, preferably in supply chain or demand & inventory planning roles.


  • Minimum 5 year's experience in Inventory planning, Operational or Supply chain roles
  • Stock Merchandising experience/understanding is desirable
  • Deep understanding of Stock and Demand Planning and its business-driving potential when correctly executed
  • Understanding of various ERP platforms including Microsoft Dynamics NAV and SAP
  • Experience of collating, analysing and validating forecasts - creating a smooth demand and stock intake profile
  • Hands on exposure to detailed demand planning
  • Passionate team manager with a strong track record of leadership and development


Oversee the development of world-class technical and team capabilities in areas related to inventory planning and management (e.g. forecasting, planning, order generation, routing and positioning, and management of on-hand inventory)

Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Category Management, Buying, Sales, and other teams that are involved in driving supplier and item selection, and demand generation

Collaborate closely with other operations teams (Account Management, Transportation, Distribution Centre, S&OP) to extend the group supply chain services to cover a rapidly growing number of suppliers and products across an increasing number of facilities and geographies

Comfort with core demand & inventory planning concepts such as: Sales forecast approaches , forecast accuracy metrics , safety stock and service level settings, continuous & periodic replenishment models, economic order quantities, demand pooling, and velocity management.

Lead, coach and develop the Inventory Planning team - 4 direct reports

Record and report department KPI's

Produce monthly commentary and business Levers

Drive improvements and projects through the team to achieve / exceed department and business KPI's

Senior point of contact for internal customers

Oversee the team in the running of Requisition reports for all product categories ensuring all parts are ordered when required.

Keeping back orders within acceptable tolerances with relevant suppliers each week. Ensuring the team expedite where required, keeping past due dates to a minimum and ensuring stock is then delivered.

Attend relevant category meetings with Buyers and Product Managers and communicate any actions for the Inventory Planning team.

Help smooth out deliveries in from Suppliers to aid in the goods in operation via Goods inwards calendar and confirmed portal dates from your suppliers.

Participate in supplier visits both on site and off site with your manager, and look to build a solid working relationship with your relevant supplier contact.

Company offer excellent benefits and an excellent working environment for the right candidates.

*Please note, due to the high number of applications we receive we cannot guarantee to contact every candidate. If you have not heard anything from us within 10 working days of applying, then unfortunately you have been unsuccessful on this occasion and we wish you all the best for the future. Please keep checking our website for more opportunities.*

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