Inventory Planning Manager

  • Job Reference: 104300
  • Date Posted: 3 November 2021
  • Recruiter: Easy Web Recruitment
  • Location: Cowley
  • Salary: £50,000
  • Sector: Transport & Logistics
  • Job Type: Full Time Flex
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Working as part of our Automotive Aftermarket Supply Chain Team within UL, you will proactively plan and lead engagement with the client to drive improvements that deliver the best inventory levels to deliver excellent customer service. Forming a strong relationship and taking a leadership role with our prestige automotive client and the wider team, to develop forecasting and reporting tools which support the client and the Supply Chain Team. You will also lead and drive improvement activity and projects.

Inventory Planning Manager Responsibilities:
  • Develop and improve working relationships and enhance business growth opportunities with the client - this will involve daily contact with the client either by phone, email or face to face up to director level
  • Review and improve business processes, demand forecasting and customer service levels.
  • Troubleshooting and deep root cause analysis – understanding the inner workings of SAP, forecasting and planning tools and driving system improvements and digital solutions
  • Understand best in class approaches to supply chain, forecasting and inventory planning and apply to current practise in driving improvements
  • Developing business cases and reporting packs to support improvement
  • Present high quality project analysis and business cases to the customer using PowerPoint and Excel, face to face and over online conferencing platforms
  • Working with the finance team to develop inventory and working capital forecasting models
  • Updating existing off-line analysis tools to the latest technology available from SAP / Business Objects / Unipart Digital
  • Review and maintain inventory policies to support accurate schedules with inventory levels that optimise cost, space and efficiency - including the review of product, inventory profiles and parameters and demand trends to improve customer service levels
  • Make stock / de stock recommendations to client for UK and North American warehouses
  • Develop and where possible automate daily reports for team and client
  • Enhance reporting availability and usage to drive KPI improvement
  • Develop supply chain effectiveness metrics, report regularly on supply chain performance, utilising the metrics and evaluates past performance data to forecast business needs
  • Lead inventory planning and scheduling activity throughout the product lifecycle – new model introduction, volume series production, legacy and model run out
  • Lead cross-functional projects and initiatives to deliver Customer change requirements whilst working within the Unipart / client processes and ways of working
  • Support and lead cross functional activity, reporting and projects within the Unipart client aftersales team, potentially leading projects in customer service, operations, freight and compliance as required
  • Management of the inventory analyst whose focus will be weekly inventory system (URS) admin, ABC velocity forecast remodelling programme and replenishment of the US RDC
  • Driving use of the Unipart Way methodologies to create a culture of continuous improvement
Inventory Planning Manager Requirements:
  • Communicates ideas, clearly, persuasively, with conviction and pride
  • Strong planning, organisational, and time management skills
  • Analytical
  • Advanced MS Excel and database skills (incl. PivotTables & VLookups)
  • Good commercial acumen
  • Customer focus
  • Experience of supply chain, forecasting and expediting systems
About Unipart Group:

You may know Unipart as the company who in the 1970s revolutionised the automotive parts industry. Unipart is a different company today with clients such as Vodafone, BSkyB, Jaguar Land Rover and, the NHS. The Unipart Group is independent manufacturing, logistics and consultancy company that employs nearly 10,000 employees worldwide and has an annual turnover of more than £1 billion.

Location: Cowley – with blended working from home
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time
Salary: £50,000 plus car / car allowance

You may have experience of the following: Stock Controller, Operations Manager, Logistics, Inventory, Supply Chain, Stock Control, Despatch, Inventory Controller, Dispatch Clerk, Dangerous Goods, Inventory Manager, Senior Stock Operations Manager, Stock Operations Manager, Senior Inventory Manager, Stock Control, Senior Stock Controller, Inventory Planning Manager, Supply Chain Manager, etc.

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