Store Demand Planner - Food

16 Feb 2017
16 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Store Demand Planner - Food

The Opportunity

An exciting new opportunity has arisen in the Express / Food team for a Store Demand Planner for fresh food, based at our Travel Head Office in Central London. Reporting to the Senior Merchandiser, the main purpose of the role is to plan sales profiles and demand for fresh food and to complete range analysis to maximise sales whilst minimising waste.
The successful candidate will work closely with our category partner to optimise the supply of product into our stores.

This is a brand new role within the business and will evolve over time providing excellent development opportunities for the successful candidate.


* Review and Creation of weekly forecast profiles, adjusting to reflect seasonality, weather and passenger forecasts
* Creation of weekly and daily store demand for supplier production
* Creation of longer term seasonality and demand profiles in conjunction with the Senior Merchandiser
* Root cause analysis into low availability / high waste
* Review of delivery performance and engagement with key stakeholders to resolve issues
* Generation of daily and weekly performance report
* Point of contact for store / internal queries

Requirements of the Role :

* Previous demand planning or forecasting experience ideally in an FMCG environment
* Analytical mindset with Intermediate excel skills (V-Lookups / Pivot Tables)
* Strong interpersonal skills / able to influence
* Strong attention to detail with excellent time management
* Ability to work to tight deadlines and prioritise workload
* Ability to remain calm under pressure and to be adaptable in a fast paced environment
* Must be willing to be 'on call' one weekend in four to deal with store or supplier queries


* Availability
* Wastage
* Forecast Accuracy
* On Time Delivery

Why Join Us?

Whoever joins us always receives excellent training and development opportunities. You can also expect a competitive salary and excellent benefits that includes a profit related bonus, 24 days holiday, store discount card and childcare vouchers. For customer focus, career focused individuals this all adds up to a unique opportunity.

If successful, candidates will be required to provide a valid passport and provide 3 years of continuous educational, professional or employment references. Due to the high number of applications we receive, it is with regret that we are unable to respond to all applications and therefore will only contact short listed candidates.

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