Demand Planning Manager


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Key Role in Transformational Business Management Process

Optimise Customer Satisfaction and Business Success

Innovative Fast Paced Environment

Based just south of Christchurch, Synlait is a rapidly growing NZX listed company making its mark on the global dairy stage. Its new and modern premises offer panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains and house state-of-the-art processing facilities – including one of the largest and highest specification infant formula production facilities in the world. Producing a range of nutritional milk products that provide genuine benefits for human health and wellbeing, Synlait is focused on being the leading supplier of dairy-based infant formula and nutritional products in the world. 

To support their continued growth, Synlait are in the process of implementing IBP – Integrated Business Planning – an international best practice company-wide management process, proven to increase efficiency, effectiveness and profitability. IBP ensures an in-depth focus and alignment throughout all areas of the business from business development, sales, operations and supply chain including supporting functions of finance, human resources and information technology. IBP will give Synlait much more complete business management information over a 24-36 month horizon, facilitating improved levels of financial and operational performance, increasing employee engagement and driving customer satisfaction.    

Reporting to the GM Sales, and leading the Demand Planning team of 2, the Demand Planning Manager is responsible for accurately forecasting and managing short and long term customer demand, whilst optimising profit to the business and ensuring volume, revenue and gross margin forecasts are valid and robust.  This position will drive the IBP process across the Sales team, and be a key conduit between the Business Development, Sales/Demand and Supply areas of the business, ensuring that customer expectations are delivered upon.  Proactively managing internal and external risks or variances to the Demand Plan will be a key focus.

We seek business/commerce tertiary qualified candidates, along with at least 10 years’ experience in a combination of sales and demand planning roles.  A background in international dairy or complex manufacturing is advantageous, as is IBP experience.  Candidates will offer a solid understanding of the sales process, along with excellent planning and financial analysis skills.  The ability to focus on structure, planning and process whilst operating in a highly dynamic environment is essential.  Exceptional communication and influencing skills are key to the role.   

This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to take the Demand Planning function at Synlait to the next level of success.

If you are passionate, appropriately skilled and want to work for an innovative and forward thinking organisation in a leading-edge environment, then don’t miss these opportunities to advance your career. “Think Big. Act Now. Do it Right” – Join Synlait.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 29 May 2016.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Josie Simpson on +64 3 353 4350 (DDI).


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