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Planning Optimisation Manager- 12 Month FTC - Leeds

As a Planning Optimisation Manager based out of our Head Office in Stourton, Leeds, you will be responsible for the execution of operational plans and setting short, medium and long-term objectives.


You will act independently to deliver the business policies and programmes within a defined specialist area. You will also focus on the resolution of repetitive issues which impact the businesses ability to deliver the required levels of service, promoting a RCA mentality to ensure permanent fix. Furthermore, you will act as a point of escalation for service and wastage issues.


What you’ll do in your new role-


  • Ensure the effective application and development of strategies for finished goods replenishment and production planning
  • You will ensure the planning process is driven by demand forecasts, actual sales, promotion efficiency, compliance and transportation utilisation
  • Ensure effective and accurate evaluation of key elements of capacity against the demand forecast/ replenishment requirements and performance against plan.
  • You will highlight operational bottlenecks in a timely manner
  •  Promote the application of principles of supply management via effective SLA’s
  • Have activity focus and champion for service, wastage and portfolio management to drive operational efficiency within the business
  • Develop and utilise effective KPI reporting which will identify non-conformances to be targeted
  • Ensure the management of effective communication within the end-to-end supply chain maintaining committed information sharing on stocks, lead times, demand and availability
  • Develop effective WoW with interfacing departments
  • Drive planning excellence within the local and global communities
  • Be responsible for the development of the supply planning team via dialogue and formal development plans


What you will need to be successful within this role-


Functional competencies:

  • Numerate, analytical with well-developed problem solving skills
  • FMCG experience
  • A high level of computer and software literacy and strong project management skills
  • Extensive understanding of supply management, planning principles and the Supply Chain operation


Personal competencies:

  • A proven ability to manage multiple stakeholders
  • Well-developed communications skills and the ability to promote change
  • Strong time management skills
  • Customer focused and the ability to develop others
  • Three to five years experience within a planning/ supply management function at a Leadership level


Things we’d love to tell you about Arla-

  • We are a farmer owned cooperative. That means we are committed to partnering with farmers so they are guaranteed a fair price for their milk.
  • We experimented with poo powered trucks (google it- you won’t regret it), and built the world’s first ever 100% carbon neutral dairy. All as part of our ongoing commitment to combatting climate change.
  • We are the producer of Lurpak, one of the world’s most iconic butter brands.
  • We are a Danish business, operating across the UK, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, North America, South America and other regions across the globe.


Want to apply?

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Arla family! Please apply via this advert or our careers page…

If you have a question about the role, then please contact Ellie Brooke at


We have a purpose for Good

At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call it Stronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?


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