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Planning Lead (food production) - 2 year FTC

Contract Type
Full time
Llantarnam, Wales
Job Type
Full time
Start Date
Feb 24 2023 12:00AM

Who are we ?

We are FBC, Fox's Burton's Companies! ……-And we bake the UK's most incredible biscuits (we might be slightly biased, but we will leave that for you to judge). 

FBC was a match made in heaven, with two of the top UK biscuits manufacturers (Burton's Biscuits and Fox's Biscuits) coming together to create one unique, integrated company. 

We are home to famous iconic brands, including Maryland, Fox's, Jammie Dodger & Rocky, to name just a few. We bake our incredible biscuits at eight bakeries across the UK, located at Ilse of Arran, Livingston, Blackpool, Llantarnam, Edinburgh, Kirkham, Batley & Dorset. We also have offices for our supporting services in St Albans, Liverpool and Moreton. Together, we employ circa 5,000 amazing employees across all our locations.  

We are currently the second biscuit manufacturer in the UK market with a strong ambition of becoming the number two biscuit manufacturer worldwide.

We are proud to be part of the Ferrero enlarged family: such a fantastic and successful business. The Ferrero Group operates in more than 50 countries, with products sold in over 170 countries, represented by almost 38.000 employees worldwide, and a consolidated turnover of €12.7 billion (2020-21).

Along with our fantastic brand portfolio, we also have long-term agreements to manufacture several sweet & savoury snacks across Mars, Cathedral City, Marmite, Jacobs, and LU branded products. In addition, we are proud to be a strategic partner for many retailer-branded products.

Our employees make our business special. With strong family values, we believe FBC is a more prosperous and fun place to work with when people feel free to be themselves. We believe in the power of being authentic, entrepreneurial and supporting each whilst meeting our business goals. 


And don't forget… work hard but play harder!


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.