Demand Planning Manager (FMCG) – 6 month FTC

Burtons Biscuits
St Albans
Closing date
24 May 2021

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Category Management

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Demand Planning Manager (FMCG) – 6 month FTC

Location: Head Office, St Albans 2-3 days a week once it is safe to do so – great transport links via train and only a 5 minute walk from St Albans City Station. (Due to covid the team is currently working from home, once we return to normal this role will still be able to maintain an element of flexible working with time split across the office and working from home 2 or 3 days a week depending on workload).

Salary: Pro rata Annual salary offered on a 6 month fixed term contract

Contract: Full Time – 6 month fixed term contract

Start Date: End of May / Start of June

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 and being able to ‘Be Yourself’.

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.

Burton’s Biscuits are owned by a Private Equity Owned business Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP or Teachers for short) and form part of their c.$200 B Net Assets portfolio. Working in partnership with Teachers, has allowed Burtons Biscuits to become a forward thinking and progressive business.

In order to ensure we can continue to make fantastic biscuits, and to help us on this amazing journey, we are proud to announce that in 2019 we completed the acquisition of a premium sweet and savoury biscuit manufacturer Thomas Fudge’s, also in 2019 we acquired Scottish bakers Paterson Arran. This increases our baking capabilities across a number of new sweet and savoury categories.

As a result, we now 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 2,000 people around across our locations.

Want to know more about working at Burtons Biscuits – check out our reviews on Glassdoor, not to brag… but we’re rated as a better place to work than Google.

Why work as part of our Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) team?

‘Why would you not want to?’ Is the question we should really be asking… you’ll get to work with some of the most talented people in the sector as well as some amazing brands & blue-chip clients.

In this key role you’ll provide the magic between the commercial team and our manufacturing teams, without you who knows what would happen. But with you, we’ll know that our clients will be able to get their stock on time, while ensuring our manufacturing sites are able to run seamlessly and on schedule.

What does your typical day look like?

As well as managing three direct reports, you may start the day speaking with one of our Sales Controllers reviewing their forecast, part of this will be completing trend analysis both on past internal sales data as well as gathering sales data directly from customers were possible, ensuring that forecasts are not under or over.

Another part of your day might be spent reviewing surplus stock or stock shortages and making commercials decisions on how best to manage these.

The final part of your day might see you providing key reports to senior stakeholders both internally and externally, ensuring the business has a clear vision of what the next 24 months should look like, across our 500 SKU’s.

What are the key ingredients needed for the role?

This role would be great for someone to gain experience in the biscuit category, and would suit an existing Demand Planning Manager or an experience Supply Chain professional. Having managed teams before would be key.

Final part of the mix.

To be successful in this role at Burton’s you’ll have had experience in a planning role within the FMCG sector, ideally for a manufacture but we would take a look at candidates working in house in similar supply chain functions for retailers / Supermarkets (food sector experience is desirable but is not essential).

You’ll need to numerically strong, able to build strong relations with trust being at the heart of everything you do.

Ref: 98736


Burtons Biscuits

Who Are We?

At Burton’s Biscuits Company we are the home of Jammie Dodgers, Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels to name just a few!  We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits! Our Vision is to have a shared Pride and Passion for baking sensational biscuits & snacks that delight our consumers, shoppers and our customers.  We’re the only major biscuit manufacturer in the UK to focus solely on biscuits making us one of the key players in the market. We employ over 2,000 people around the UK, in our three main manufacturing facilities in Llantarnam, Edinburgh and Blackpool.  Our head office is based in St. Albans and a subsidiary office is located in Blackpool. 

What are we all about?

Here at Burton’s Biscuit Company 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.


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