Category Planner

Category Planner

(Interim – 12 to 18 months)

To provide support to the Category planning lead enhancing productivity, customer service and optimising stocks and minimising wastage delivering improved performance for the business through effective planning of the supply chain.

The role:

  • Provide planning support of capacity planning activities for part of a category
  • Creation & publication of the balanced weekly mid-term (24 week) capacity plan including intersite demand (e.g.meat)
  • Creation & publication of the balanced short term (14 day) capacity plan including intersite demand (e.g.meat)
  • Maintenance of planning capacities with key stakeholders
  • Identification of capacity bottlenecks and recommendations on options to eliminate
  • Identification of other supply risks/limitations (materials, labour etc)
  • Balance supply across the sites across all time horizons to meet the demand forecast with the relevant resourcing between sites
  • Review of demand forecasts and impact on operational plans
  • Work in partnership with the demand planning & commercial teams
  • Ensure all available customer data (EPOS/Waste etc) is efficiently built into operational plans
  • Analysis and management of category aged/obsolete stock
  • Management and communication of product life-cycle issue
  • Development and reporting of key supply KPIs for category performance.
  • Process Improvement - Support the adoption and development of the supply planning process

Job Criteria


  • 3 years relevant experience in a supply chain role.
  • Good knowledge and experience of MRP and other forecasting/planning systems
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to use data to drive decision making
  • Good communicator and presenter, both verbally and written.
  • Able to command respect and influence to site supply chain managers and their teams
  • Good problem solving and process improvement.
  • Highly IT literate and ability to learn new systems




  • Degree-level qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in a similar role in other businesses and industries.
  • Extensive knowledge of cost based/driven planning & optimisation systems
  • Understanding and experience of working with an S&OP environment
  • Understanding of the UK food sectors
  • Experience in the use of retailer web-based tools


A competitive remuneration and benefits package is available for the right candidate and details are available on request.


To find out more, please submit a comprehensive CV which should clearly demonstrate how you are suited to this role, including your remuneration expectations through the link here. Alternatively, please call 028 3025 2407 or Greg Quinn on 07900 361608 in strict confidence. We are an agency acting for this large scale progressive employer based in Co. Armagh.

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