Planning Assistant

Posted 03 April 2024
LocationWest Drayton
Job type Permanent - Full Time
Discipline Internal
Job FunctionOperations
Contact NameAnne McCarthy
Expiry date 17 April 2024

Job description

We’re a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and our purpose is to make every day.

We’re a vibrant, fast-paced leading food manufacturer. Employing around 13,600 colleagues across 16 manufacturing units and 17 distribution depots across the UK. We supply all the UK’s food retailers with everything from Sandwiches, soups and sushi to cooking sauces, pickles and ready meals, and in FY23, we generated revenues of £1.9bn.

Our vast direct-to-store (DTS) distribution network, comprising of 17 depots nationwide, enables us to make over 10,400 daily deliveries of our own chilled and frozen produce and that of third parties.


Here at Heathrow, we are a growing team with around 450 colleagues. We produce chilled & hot eat Food for Now products including salads, sandwiches & wraps, Protein Pots & snacking. As well as Food for Later products such as ready meals & sides for some of the biggest retailers in the UK including Amazon Fresh, Asda, Aldi, Co-op, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.



What you’ll be doing


To Support the implementation of optimum plans and schedules that deliver stock and service targets and/or procure materials / labour to:

  • Support planners maintaining Material availability
  • Manage risks within the plan and amend orders where possible/practical to achieve customer service and stock targets
  • Share forecasts with suppliers and work with them to resolve
  • Manage ongoing communication with the operations teams to ensure accurate exchange of information
  • Issue all paperwork to Operations and Warehouse teams
  • Monitor distribution providers' 'real  time' delivery performance, escalating potential OTIF failures as early as possible - both internally and to customers
  • Quality of communication with distributor and Customer
  • Utilise available planning systems to convert sales forecasts into achievable production and material plans and schedules that optimally balance customer service and operational cost efficiency
  • Propose and implement continuous improvements in own area


What we are looking for 

  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical thinking 
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to follow processes and to effectively escalate exceptions


What you’ll get in return

  • Competitive salary and job-related benefits
  • Holidays
  • Pension up to 8% matched
  • Life insurance up to 4x salary
  • Company share save scheme
  • Greencore Qualifications
  • Exclusive Greencore employee discount platform
  • Access to a full Wellbeing Centre platform

Throughout your time at Greencore, you will be supported with on the job training and development opportunities to further your career.