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From sourcing ethical materials to helping outlaw modern slavery, procurement professionals make a real difference in the world.

From sourcing raw materials and services to managing contracts and relationships with suppliers, procurement and supply management is a complex, strategic, challenging, and ultimately rewarding sector to work in. Professionals in this space enable an organisation to operate in a profitable and ethical manner.

Companies can spend more than70% of their revenue on procurement(CIPS), so even a small reductions in costs can have a big impact on the bottom line.Dr Klaus Neuhaus, partner in the Dusseldorf office of Bain & Company asserts, “A skilled procurement team can reduce a company’s purchasing cost base by eight to 12% – enough for big companies to save billions. Procurement is the biggest lever companies have for optimising costs.”

The Fourth Industrial revolution will create new opportunities for professionals who are willing to familiarise themselves with new technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things. According to arecent reportproduced by German logistics giant DHL, “33% of the current procurement workforce is at or beyond retirement age, leaving many teams with an ageing workforce. As the talent pool becomes increasingly tight, ambitious procurement professionals have a unique opportunity to capitalise on high demand for digital skills to advance their career further, faster.”

The future looks bright for professionals in the procurement industry - companies are acutely aware of the steps they will have to take to attract the best talent, in order to fill the gap left by outgoing staff. In areport commissioned by DHLand authored by Lisa Harrington, president of the lharrington group LLC, “Offering clearer career paths and a visible commitment to the professional development of its supply chain staff combined with competitive remuneration packages are just a few ways to develop and retain talent.”

Our expert consultants are specialists in their markets,recruiting top talent for leading organisations in the procurement profession throughout Germany and Europe.


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Planning Jobs

Manager, Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Planning Manager - Medical Device SUMMARY We are a leading provider of cutting-edge medical devices that enhance patient care and improve healthcare outcomes. With a commitment to innovation and excellence, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality products that meet the stringent demands of the medical industry. Join our dynamic team and contribute to our mission of transforming healthcare through technology. We are seeking an experienced and detail-oriented Supply Chain Planning Manager to oversee and optimize our supply chain processes. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in demand, supply, capacity, and production planning, particularly within the medical device industry, and will be responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective flow of direct, electromechanical materials. The Supply Chain Planning Manager will have these responsibilities: Develop and implement supply chain strategies and capacity plans to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of materials and products. Analyze capacity constraints and develop strategies to mitigate risks. Development of a Master Production Schedule using an ERP System Lead the S&OP process to balance supply and demand effectively. Coordinate with suppliers, manufacturers, and internal teams to manage inventory levels and production schedules. Monitor and analyze supply chain performance metrics to identify areas for improvement. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to forecast demand and plan inventory accordingly, using SIOP processes to increase forecast accuracy Oversee production planning and develop production schedules that optimize resource utilization and meet customer requirements. Implement strategic initiatives and continuous improvement plans by organizing and maintaining global product demands. Work collaboratively with the Procurement, Operations, Quality, Product Supply, and Finance teams. The Supply Chain Planning Manager has the following qualifications: Master's or Bachelor's Degree (preferably in engineering) w/ 5-9+ years of supply chain experience Proven experience in S&OP, supply & demand planning, capacity planning, production planning and scheduling. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse teams. If you're interested in this new and innovative opportunity, please apply by clicking here.

Negotiable
Georgia
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Production Planner

Job Targets: The mission of the position is to plan and coordinate production work flow for one or multiple products and lines. Plan and prioritise operations to ensure maximum performance and minimum delay. Taking into account optimum use of resources Dimensions/Organisation/magnitude: Planning 10 assembly lines and 6 semi product departments organised in to 4 shift per day, 140 references for 6 main customers Internal/external contracts: Supply chain manager, production manager, warehousing & distribution, quality and SQM AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY/MAIN TASKS: Planning: - Performing all tasks directly involved in preparation for production, taking account of the order situation, production capacities, stock levels, production backlogs, delivery backlogs, procurement situations and personnel resources, in order to create the conditions for an optimum production sequence. - develop a production schedule detailing all tasks and when they should be completed by to meet predicted completion date - Detailed control of the production sequence, in order to reach an optimum use of the resources - Work on coordinating material movements between production units, in order to ensure an optimum production run. - Actively contributing to cooperation with all sides involved and forwarding all relevant information, in order to keep themselves and others informed and create optimum logistics chain. - Setup (for finished and semi finished goods) and monitoring of KANBAN control cycles. Support for production in setting up the KANBAN control cycles for raw-material and semi-finished products. Problem Solving: - Troubleshooting problems that occur during production - identify any shortages, bottlenecks or other inventory related problems - ensure they do not re-occur - proactively tackle blocks and barriers to progress - liaise with production for clarification and coordination of balanced and de-conflicted demands and plans Required knowledge: - Products, systems and technologies (functionalities and applications) - Supply Chain Management (including logistics policies, systems and processes) - Quality management (including quality policies, systems and processes) - Local language & culture (intercultural sensitivity) - Problem solving and decision making tools and techniques - Project management skills, tools and techniques - Business knowledge (e.g. commercial conditions and influence on P&L) - Knowledge of SAP ERP Modules: PP-SD-APO - Phase In & Out Process Management - Knowledge of delivery and reception procedure

Negotiable
Liguria
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Material Planning Manager

Salary: Competitive Company Summary: An exciting international FMCG company are looking for someone to join as the Materials Planning Manager. In this role, you'll play an integral role in the transformation happening within the company. You will be responsible for driving continuous improvement and adoption of best practices in material planning across the regional operations. This role requires strong collaboration with regional planning teams to ensure efficiency, accuracy, and alignment with the company's strategic goals. The Material Planning Manager will be responsible for: Drive Continuous Improvement: Lead initiatives to enhance material planning processes, tools, and methodologies. Implement best practices to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and improve overall performance. Regional Collaboration: Work closely with regional planning teams to understand their needs, provide guidance, and ensure consistent application of material planning processes. Foster a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing. Forecasting and Demand Planning: Oversee the development and accuracy of demand forecasts. Ensure alignment with sales and production plans to optimize inventory levels and meet customer demand. Inventory Management: Monitor and manage inventory levels to ensure optimal stock levels. Implement strategies to minimize excess inventory and reduce stockouts. Supply Chain Coordination: Collaborate with procurement, production, and logistics teams to ensure seamless supply chain operations. Address any issues that arise promptly and effectively. Performance Metrics: Develop and track key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of material planning processes. Report on performance and implement corrective actions as needed. Change Management: Lead change management efforts related to material planning initiatives. Ensure smooth transitions and adoption of new processes and tools within regional teams. Training and Development: Provide training and support to regional planning teams. Build capabilities and promote continuous learning to enhance overall planning proficiency. The Material Planning Manager should have the following qualifications and skills: Planning Experience, ideally in Material Planning Experience within a multinational environment Proficient in Planning tools If you are interested in theMaterial Planning Manager and Corporate Finance role based in Milan, then please don't wait to apply

US$80000 - US$80001 per annum
Milan
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Demand Planning Manager

Job Overview: The Demand Planning Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining accurate demand forecasts, ensuring the alignment of inventory levels with market demand, and supporting the overall supply chain strategy. This role requires strong analytical skills, effective collaboration with cross-functional teams, and the ability to drive process improvements. Location: Lexington, KY Key Responsibilities: Demand Forecasting: Develop and maintain accurate demand forecasts based on historical sales data, market trends, and customer insights. Utilize statistical models and demand planning software to enhance forecast accuracy. Collaborate with sales, marketing, and product management teams to incorporate market intelligence and promotional activities into demand forecasts. Inventory Management: Monitor and manage inventory levels to ensure optimal stock availability while minimizing excess and obsolete inventory. Work closely with procurement and production teams to align inventory policies with demand forecasts. Implement and optimize inventory control processes and systems. Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP): Participate in S&OP meetings to ensure alignment between demand forecasts, production plans, and inventory strategies. Provide insights and recommendations to improve the S&OP process and achieve business objectives. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to address demand-supply imbalances and operational challenges. Data Analysis & Reporting: Analyze demand data to identify trends, risks, and opportunities. Prepare and present demand planning reports, including key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics. Continuously improve forecasting accuracy through data-driven insights and process enhancements. Collaboration & Communication: Serve as the primary point of contact for demand planning-related inquiries and issues. Foster strong relationships with internal stakeholders, including sales, marketing, production, and finance teams. Communicate demand planning insights and recommendations effectively to all levels of the organization. Process Improvement: Identify and implement best practices in demand planning and inventory management. Drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of the demand planning process. Stay updated on industry trends and advancements in demand planning methodologies and technologies. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Statistics, or a related field. A Master's degree is a plus. Minimum of 6 years of experience in demand planning, S&OP, or supply chain management. 3+ years of management experience Proven experience with demand forecasting tools and software (e.g., SAP APO, Oracle Demantra). Strong analytical skills and proficiency in data analysis and reporting tools (e.g., Excel, Power BI). Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams. Strong problem-solving abilities and a continuous improvement mindset. Experience with Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) processes. Certification in supply chain management (e.g., APICS CPIM or CSCP) is a plus.

US$100000 - US$125000 per year
Lexington
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Master Production Scheduler M/W/D

Master Production Scheduler M/W/D Are you ready for the next step! Contribute to innovative, future-focused technology that supports the preservation of our planet! Your Role: What to Expect Dynamic Interface Coordination: Collaborate with purchasing, demand planning, production, and inventory management to control the entire value stream through your own plants and suppliers. Master Production Scheduling: Prepare the master production schedule based on the S&OP process and create detailed production plans with MPS. Production Control: Plan and control the production of sub-assemblies according to the monthly production plan. Purchasing Collaboration: Coordinate with purchasing to resolve component bottlenecks. MPS Requirements Management: Organize MPS requirements for the MRP. Your Profile: What You Bring Education: Degree in logistics or a comparable field. Experience: Several years of relevant professional experience, practical knowledge in SAP, S&OP process, and LEAN management (VSA/VSM). Skills: Excellent communication, decision-making, and assertiveness skills. Languages: Fluent in written and spoken German and English. . Apply Now!

Negotiable
Germany
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Procurement Manager - Raw Materials

-Plans and implements activities related to the procurement of raw materials, goods, and services. -Approves vendors, receive quotes, manage bids, and make awards. -Negotiates with suppliers and analyzes suppliers' operations to determine lowest cost savings, quality, and meeting the production schedule. -Ensure appropriate purchasing tools meet all established work objectives. -Develop and maintain effective processes for driving material.

US$115000 - US$135000 per year
Long Island City
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Production Planner

Job Description: We are seeking an experienced Production Planner to join our client's Miami team. The ideal candidate will possess 3-5 years of experience in production planning within the aerospace industry. This role is crucial in ensuring that our production processes are efficient, timely, and aligned with our high standards of quality and safety. Key Responsibilities: Develop and maintain production schedules to meet customer demands and project deadlines. Coordinate with various departments including engineering, procurement, and manufacturing to ensure smooth workflow. Monitor production processes and adjust schedules as necessary to accommodate changes or delays. Analyze production data to identify trends, inefficiencies, and areas for improvement. Maintain accurate records of production schedules, changes, and inventory levels. Collaborate with supply chain management to ensure timely delivery of materials and components. Implement best practices in production planning and inventory control. Support continuous improvement initiatives to enhance productivity and reduce costs. Prepare reports on production status, inventory levels, and performance metrics. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing, Business Administration, or a related field. 3-5 years of experience in production planning, preferably within the aerospace industry. Strong understanding of production planning principles, MRP/ERP systems, and supply chain management. Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Attention to detail and a commitment to quality and safety. What We Offer: Competitive salary and benefits package. Opportunities for professional growth and development. A collaborative and inclusive work environment. The chance to work on cutting-edge aerospace projects.

US$70000 - US$70001 per year
Miami
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Production Planner (Bonn) M/W/D

Production Planner M/W/D Opportunity: Independently plan and control local capacities, optimizing the value chain in terms of costs, inventory, lead time, and delivery reliability. Prepare production plans and identify human resources at the operational level. Monitor and control production progress, identifying and resolving conflicts and bottlenecks. Prepare and coordinate production and capacity forecasts with production and sales teams. Continuously monitor inventory levels, initiating optimization measures while balancing optimal capacity utilization. Support and coordinate demand planning and service level agreements in the intercompany area. Participate in projects aimed at analyzing and optimizing production and planning processes. Maintain planning-relevant master data in the ERP system and support material calculation and price maintenance. Profile: Successfully completed technical vocational training or studies with several years of professional experience in production planning or comparable areas. High level of proven process understanding for complex production and planning processes in an industrial environment. Proficient in SAP, Excel, and basic MES systems. Good written and spoken English skills. Independent working style with strong communication skills and analytical thinking. Team player with the ability to collaborate across departments, including production, maintenance, and process technology teams. Apply NOW!

Negotiable
Germany
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Demand and S&OP Manager

Job Title: S&OP and Demand Planning Manager Location: Frankfurt, Germany (hybrid working) Job Description: My client are seeking an experienced and motivated Demand Planning and S&OP Manager to oversee our demand planning processes and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) strategy. This role is crucial in ensuring that our supply chain operations align with market demand, optimizing inventory levels, and enhancing customer satisfaction. Key Responsibilities: - Lead and manage the demand planning process, including forecasting and inventory management. - Develop and implement effective S&OP strategies to ensure alignment between sales, production, and supply chain functions. - Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather data, analyze trends, and develop accurate demand forecasts. - Monitor and report on key performance indicators (KPIs) to track demand planning accuracy and S&OP effectiveness. - Identify and address potential supply chain risks and opportunities to enhance efficiency and reduce costs. - Drive continuous improvement initiatives in demand planning and S&OP processes. - Communicate and present demand plans and S&OP strategies to senior management and stakeholders. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, or a related field. A Master's degree is a plus. - Proven experience in demand planning and S&OP management, preferably within the consumer goods industry. - Strong analytical skills and proficiency in demand forecasting and supply chain analysis tools. - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams. - Proficiency in relevant software and systems (e.g., SAP, Oracle, Excel). - Fluent in German and English How to Apply: If you are a strategic thinker with a passion for demand planning and S&OP, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your resume below!

Negotiable
Frankfurt am Main
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Demand Planner

**Demand Planner - Thrive in the Heart of Frankfurt's Pharmaceutical Sector** Are you passionate about Demand Planning and looking to make a significant impact within the pharmaceutical industry? We are seeking an analytical, detail-oriented individual for a permanent position as a *Demand Planner* based in vibrant Frankfurt. This role offers the opportunity to join an innovative team committed to excellence at every step. As our ideal candidate, your primary focus will be on ensuring product availability aligns with market demand while optimizing inventory levels across various channels. You'll play a pivotal part by contributing towards strategic planning decisions using data-driven insights which foster both sustainability and profitability. We're interested in individuals who can demonstrate: - **Expertise In Demand Planning**: Bring precision into forecasting models. - **Familiarity With Global Planning Systems**: Experience or adaptability is essential. - **Supply Chain Acumen**: Understand E2E (End-to-end) supply chain processes. Your responsibilities include collaborating closely with sales and marketing teams, employing cutting-edge techniques from analytics realms that inform purchasing strategies-ultimately driving operational efficiencies within Germany's dynamic pharmaceutical landscape. If this sounds like your next career move where you can leverage expertise alongside passion for making strides in healthcare delivery systems-we'd love to hear from you!

Negotiable
England
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Associate Director Ops Planning & Scheduling

Associate Director, Supply Chain Planning SUMMARY We are dedicated to advancing healthcare and enhancing lives through innovative and high-quality medical solutions. As a leader in the industry, we are committed to providing high-quality products that improve patient outcomes. Join our team and contribute to our mission of transforming lives through science. We are seeking an experienced Associate Director of Supply Chain Planning to lead our SIOP and Capacity Planning team. This role is critical in ensuring the seamless execution of our supply chain processes to meet business objectives and support the company's growth. The Associate Director, Supply Chain Planning will have these responsibilities: Develop and implement capacity plans to ensure efficient utilization of resources. Analyze capacity constraints and develop strategies to mitigate risks. Lead the S&OP process to balance supply and demand effectively. Present S&OP plans to senior and executive leadership to provide actionable insights for decision-making. Work closely with marketing & sales teams and use historical data, market trends, and sales input to incorporate market intelligence into demand forecasts. Oversee production planning and develop production schedules that optimize resource utilization and meet customer requirements. Lead and manage a team of supply chain professionals, fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Implement strategic initiatives and continuous improvement plans by organizing and maintaining global product demands. Work collaboratively with the Procurement, Operations, Quality, Product Supply, and Finance teams. The Associate Director, Supply Chain Planning has the following qualifications: Pharmaceutical manufacturing experience in a cGMP regulated facility is highly desired. Bachelor's Degree w/ 7-12+ years of supply chain experience managing production planning processes Proven experience in S&OP, capacity planning, supply & demand planning, production planning, and scheduling. Excellent people management skills working cross-functionally in a collaborative environment. If you're interested in this new and innovative opportunity, please apply by clicking here.

Negotiable
Colorado
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Planning Manager (M/F/D)

**Strategic Planning Manager Opportunity in Steinfurt,, Germany** Are you an experienced planning professional looking for a pivotal role within the manufacturing sector? Our esteemed client is seeking a Strategic Planning Manager to join their dynamic team and play a critical role in shaping supply chain excellence. Based in Steinfurt, this permanent position offers an incredible chance to make significant contributions by optimizing forecasting methods and ensuring seamless sales planning processes. Key Responsibilities: - Develop and execute sophisticated SI&OP strategies. - Select appropriate forecasting models tailored for precision sales planning. - Rigorously validate capacity requirements against procurement demand. Required Skills: *Supply Chain Mastery*: You will be at the helm of managing complex supply chain activities that are crucial for smooth business operations. *Planning Proficiency*: Adeptness at meticulously structuring plans which align with both short-term needs and long-range goals is essential. *Analytical Acumen*: Employ your analytical skills to interpret data accurately leading towards informed decision-making regarding forecasts & capacities. This opportunity calls out not only those who have honed their skillset but also individuals eager to leave their mark on innovative packaging solutions while contributing meaningfully within one of Germany's key sectors: Manufacturing! If this sounds like your next career move, we invite you forward-thinking professionals ready to drive change - apply today!

Negotiable
Steinfurt
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