Planning Manager

Posted 13 June 2024
LocationWest Drayton
Job type Permanent - Full Time
Discipline Supply Chain
Job FunctionOperations
Contact NameAnne McCarthy
Expiry date 11 July 2024

Job description

Why Greencore? 


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


As a planning manager you'll lead the team that creates production forecasts, schedules, places material orders and organises other resources that are needed to meet both customer and business targets for single or multiple manufacturing units. You'll do this by:

  • Lead available planning systems to convert sales forecasts into achievable production and material plans and schedules that optimally balance customer service and operational cost efficiency
  • Provide leadership and direction to ensure that the planning team are kept safe, engaged, focused, developed and delivering to their potential
  • Construct budgets and manage spend to ensure business effectiveness and cost efficiency
  • Work with commercial and supply chain colleagues to build accurate sales forecasts and the critical information needed for effective standard operating procedure performance
  • Liaise with customers and contribute to cross functional business forums e.g. NPD process, working with the commercial team, customers and suppliers to support joint business planning activities
  • Monitor adherence to policy, practice, legal and customer standards, developing and implementing plans to maximise compliance and ensure the team is always audit ready


What we are looking for

  • Ideally educated to degree level or has equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and experience of the supply chain developed in a similar role
  • Experience of understanding sales order processing and distribution planning
  • Experience of managing and negotiating with third-party logisticss
  • Experience of working with a broad range of suppliers
  • Experience of inventory management and managing material availability
  • Ability to manage customer expectations and deliver good service
  • Demonstratable experience in managing budgets
  • Experience of leading diverse teams with demonstratable people leadership ability

These may be trained or developed. These do not all need to be in place at recruitment.


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.