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Senior S&OP Planner

Date: Jul 30, 2022

Location: Ballyragget, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia



Senior S&OP Planner/Econometrician


Rooted in our rich heritage of family farming and embedded in our communities, Glanbia Ireland has evolved to bring the passion of our farmers and their high-quality ingredients to the world. Using modern-day technology and applying the best processes to our milk pool of three billion litres and our outstanding grains portfolio, we export innovative products and tailored ingredient solutions to more than 100 countries. We nurture a talented team of over 2,000 people to manage our network of 11 processing plants and 52 agri retail outlets, serving our communities and delivering projected annual revenues of €2.8 bn.


Glanbia Ireland owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Solmiko, Truly Grass Fed, Premier Milk, Wexford,,, and GAIN Animal Nutrition. 


Glanbia Ireland are currently implementing a Supply Chain Planning platform (OMP) to service the needs of the organisation.  The Senior S&OP Planner will be a key role in ensuring the success of this initiative, both during the implementation project and following transition to steady state. The key requirements of this new role are to use the capabilities of the new platform to create scenario – based plans, and to work collaboratively to align senior business stakeholders to a consensus based plan version, which is both optimised for profitability and is deliverable.


This role is based on a hybrid working model located in Kilkenny.


Key Responsibilities

  • Initially working on the implementation project alongside the Systems Integrators of the selected platform, to aid in a successful systems solution to the business needs, and also to learn the details of the configuration and capabilities of the platform, developing in to one of the systems SME community.
  • Manipulating data inputs to create multiple, scenario based plans, taking in to account capacity, costs, inventory, efficiencies and other drivers.
  • Being the owner of the plan, negotiating and forging agreements between the many interested parties (Commercial, Finance, Operations, Customer Service), to reach consensus on an optimised plan.
  • Defining and putting in place a measurement framework to support the tracking of core KPIs around plan optimisation.
  • Working closely with the Supply Chain Planning Platform Owner to understand the Master data model which will support the creation of planning scenarios, and developing proposals for improvement in that model to better support plan optimisation.
  • Collaborating with both internal and external stakeholders to troubleshoot issues and drive resolution.
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders to drive business benefits from the platform.
  • Assessment of future functional enhancements to the platform.
  • Work closely with Supply and Production planning to ensure alignment of the plan and sign off that it is executable
  • Creation and maximisation of the strategic 3-5 year plan working closely with Commercial, Production and Supply functions


Key Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a STEM related field
  • Highly data – literate; able to manage, manipulate and interrogate large data sets to achieve business insights and drive recommendations for improvement.
  • 3+ years’ experience in the implementation and configuration of supply chain planning platforms in the context of a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience of working on implementation projects and of working with third party systems integrators and business stakeholders.
  • Strong Knowledge of end-to-end supply chain planning, demand forecasting through supply replenishment.
  • Experience as a practitioner in the demand, supply planning space, and expertise in the concepts of S&OP as applied to systems solutions.
  • Understanding of supply planning concepts – consumption, safety stock, production rates/constraints etc... (APICS certification preferred).
  • Understanding of the design and implementation of KPI frameworks to support the measurement of business performance
  • Demonstrable complex problem solving skills, systemic thinking and attention to detail.
  • Ideally experience in working with the OMP platform
  • Knowledge of the Glanbia product portfolio, business and manufacturing processes
  • Ability to understand master data and SAP requirements in order for OMP to work effectively




  • Demonstrable ability to influence decision making at a senior level – acts as the champion for the plan with all business stakeholders and able to challenge (and be challenged) to ensure best outcome is achieved
  • Ability to display a high degree of professionalism in dealing with all stakeholders
  • Technically and commercially focused, high levels of enthusiasm and energy. Tenacious and persuasive; able to describe and champion strategic decisions with senior stakeholder
  • Highly data – literate; able to extract insight from complex and ambiguous data set
  • Experience of line management and of developing junior team members to achieve their potential
  • Able to identify and articulate opportunities for business improvement
  • A team player who has the ability to motivate others, making it fun while getting the job done.
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced, innovative environment where the focus is on continuous improvement and the challenge to make it better.


Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Glanbia Ireland embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams where different perspectives drive innovation and growth. We strive to create an inclusive workplace where people can bring their true self to work and achieve their full potential.

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