Head of Supply Chain - Demand and Inventory Planning

Posted 12 July by Whitbread Featured

We have an incredibly exciting opportunity to join Whitbread as the Head of Supply Chain for Demand and Inventory Planning. Operating at a senior level you will be responsible for the strategy development around demand planning, forecasting, network planning & optimisation.

We are the UK's leading hospitality company in the FTSE 100 including brands such as Costa Coffee, Beefeater & Premier Inn. By 2020, our goal is to achieve global system sales of around £2.5bn for Costa, and to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to an incredible 85,000. All while creating around 3,000 UK jobs a year and continuing to expand our presence worldwide. There has never been a more exciting time to Whitbread!

What you will be doing

  • Ensure business plans are translated into strategy, roadmaps and appropriate interventions to ensure an efficient and effective end-to-end value chain.
  • Produce a Supply Chain strategy that incorporates innovative thinking and technology options that support business growth and efficiency and reduce cost
  • Identify current and emerging risks to supply and ensure robust controls are in place to mitigate.  Communicate risk planning and escalate as appropriate
  • Responsible for making sure changes are clearly communicated, understood and agreed in terms of team, role and business.
  • Lead, manage and motivate a team of around 30 people (part outsourced supplier)
  • Accountable for ensuring stock availability across the entire estate.  Equally responsible for ensuring the appropriate level of stock is in the system, thus managing waste whilst ensuring stock availability
  • Ensures that team capability, training and career paths are in place and maintained
  • Own the blue print for Group Supply Chain ways of working and the associated policies and processes.
  • Run all BAU inventory activities, ensure all product and menu changes are planned and executed efficiently with the brand teams.

What we are looking for

  • Detailed strategic knowledge of Supply Chain Planning and Operations within retail or hospitality
  • Previous experience developing high performing teams to deliver complex change across Global markets idea
  • Deep Supply Chain & Distribution experience, specifically in: Demand Planning & Forecasting, Supply Planning, Network planning & optimisation & Centralised Ordering
  • Solid relationship management skills and the ability to communicate & influence across a matrix organisation
  • Fantastic organisational skills and particularly strong capability in managing competing priorities
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels

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