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Planning Manager - India & META

Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Mumbai, MH, IN

Company: Glanbia


Job Summary:


We are seeking a Planning Manager with the ability to work in a fast paced and constantly evolving environment where they will be coordinating with internal and externa stakeholders. Reporting to the Supply Chain Director for South Asia and META (Middle East, Africa & Turkey). This is critical and visible supply chain role that will be accountable for Demand Planning and Supply Planning Processes. This is a hands-on position responsible Forecasting, Demand Management, Driving S&OP meetings, Supply Planning and Inventory Management. Strong collaboration with distributors across geography, commercial teams, regional team, and other supply chain teams will be required with prime objective to deliver high level of customer service supported by efficient and agile supply chain processes. In addition to having excellent organizational skills, he/she should also possess in-depth knowledge of Supply Chain Processes and systems.




Demand Planning


  • Derive SKU & channel level forecasts by appropriate maintenance of demand history and tools.
  • Track Sell-in and Sell-outs for all markets and SKUs and generate intelligence around deviations Vs. final forecast to improve the future planning.
  • Work closely with distributors on tracking customer service levels and demand fulfilments.
  • Engage with various distributors and commercial teams for demand consensus meetings and arrive at final forecast considering all factors.
  • Drive Phase-in Phase-out and New Product Launch forecasting process.
  • Lead the monthly S&OP process involving all the relevant stakeholders starting with demand finalization, supply-demand balancing and the executive S&OP review meeting.
  • Share responsibility of reduction in non-working inventory through pro-active demand corrections, information flow and effective liquidation push.
  • Drive process & capability improvement in the Demand Planning function locally and implement the relevant global best practices working with the regional / global supply chain.

Supply Planning


  • Based on Demand Forecast, drive subsequent inventory planning for finished products across markets.
  • Coordinates with distributors in META to plan and finalize future orders.
  • For India manufactured products, derive production plans to ensure high level of customer service with optimum inventory levels.
  • Coordinate with responsible functions and regional/global teams to ensure plans are converted into on time supplies.
  • Extensive Inventory management to ensure no stock outs and obsolescence.
  • Drive process & capability improvement in the supply Planning function. Identify and implement opportunities for process improvement and cost savings.



Performance Management and MIS


  • KPI Management (OTIF, Forecasting accuracy, BIAS, Inventory, SLOB, New Product launch etc.)
  • Develop MIS for the supply chain to enable data driven decisions.
  • Process automation for self-sustaining operating rhythm and improved supply chain efficiency.



  • Should have a sound knowledge in supply chain planning.
  • Outstanding analytical, problem solving and organizational abilities.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of SAP, JDA / ERP or other software related to WMS is preferred.
  • Extensive spreadsheet analysis and strong mathematical abilities
  • Experience in handling S&OP meetings and understanding of forecasting methods & tools.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are also essential to effectively interact with all teams, areas and levels of business affecting the fulfilment process.


Required Education/Experience:

  • MBA in Operations/ Systems from a premier business school preferably with a prior engineering degree OR Masters in statistics/ related field.
  • 3-5 years of professional work experience in demand planning, Inventory planning OR sales analytics function.
  • Preferred Industry experience from FMCG /Foods & Beverages / Healthcare.