The job title

Planning Lead - 2 year FTC

Contract Type
Full time
Llantarnam, Wales
Job Type
Full time
Start Date
Jan 23 2023 12:00AM

Who Are Burtons Biscuits?

We are the home of Jammie Dodgers, Paterson Shortbread, Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels to name just a few! We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits!


‘We are a more successful and fun place to work when people feel free to be themselves’.


At Burton’s we believe in the power of being authentic, being entrepreneurial and being supportive to each other to meet our common goals…oh and did we mention having fun?!


Understanding our customers is crucial to our success, so having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers is vital.


As a business we are committed to the continuous improvement of diversity and equality in the workplace and we welcome talented individuals from all backgrounds who share our Pride and Passion for Baking Great Biscuits and snacks.


Along with having amazing brands, we have secured long term agreements to allow us to manufacture a number of sweet & savoury snacks across Mars, Cathedral City & Marmite branded products. We also have several key strategic partnerships within the Retailer Private Label sector and our proud of the amazing biscuits we bake for our customers and consumers.


Within our Burton’s group, we have 6 bakery sites across the UK, located in Blackpool, Livingston, Edinburgh, Dorset, Isle of Arran and Llantarnam, with our head office in St Albans.   In total we employ circa 2,100 people around across our locations.


Burton’s Biscuits is owned by Ferrero and we are proud to be part of such a fantastic and successful business.  The Ferrero Group operates in more than 50 Countries and their products are sold in over 170 Countries.  We are delighted to be part of the Ferrero group which represents over 37,000 employees across the world and has a consolidated turnover of €12.3 billion (2020).


What are we all about?

Here at Burton’s Biscuit we pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. Our goal is to support our team in achieving their career goals. We do this by providing a working environment that offers opportunity, support, scope and pace of change. Our culture is the foundation of our business. We are fast paced, agile and fun.


What does your typical day look like?  

Accountable for day to day Site production scheduling and in-bound material supply, in support of delivering 98.5% Finished Goods Customer Service level, with minimised surplus and obsolete materials.

As Site Planning Lead, represent the wider Customer Supply Planning at Site Factory Management Team meetings and lead and develop the Site based Supply & Materials Planning Team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Accountability for day to day Site production scheduling and in-bound material supply to deliver 98.5% Finished goods Customer Service level.
  • Lead and develop the Site Supply & Materials Planning Team, ensuring that development plans, 121s, career plans and challenging objectives are in place.
  • Represent the wider Customer Supply Planning Team at Factory Management Team meetings, with active participation.
  • Maximise the expediting of Site material/supply issues, liaising across sites where appropriate, before escalation to Head of Supply Planning and Procurement. 
  • Work closely with Procurement to establish material supplier reviews and reporting of material supplier KPIs.
  • Own and drive a Continuous Improvement and collaboration culture for Site Supply & Materials Planning, identifying and delivering new opportunities to drive service up and cost out.
  • Develop analytics, KPIs and reporting that supports continuous improvement of Site Planning.
  • Working with other Site Leads to ensure best practice is shared and implemented across Sites.
  • People efficiency (training & development).
  • Influence operations partners to create clear direction for Site whilst balancing the requirements of Head Office.
  • Be a conduit for information and a change agent /champion

What are the key ingredients needed for the role? 

  • Commercially aware and a proven experience of supply/materials management.
  • Experience of working in the FMCG sector would be advantageous.
  • Intimate knowledge and experience of operating with SAP or other MRP/ERP systems.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft packages specifically Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills and aptitude.
  • Able to gather, manipulate and interpret data; solve problems, predict trends; and establish priorities.
  • Strong decision making ability in situations where there is ambiguity.
  • A team player with good planning and organising skills, able to meet deadlines with quality output.

If you are ready to begin a career with real bite, we would love to hear from you so apply now by clicking the link below.