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Supply Planning Manager, Europe

Date: 17-Mar-2023

Location: Antwerpen, BE Switzerland, CH

Company: Zespri Group Limited

About Zespri


Zespri is the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit with over 800  people in New Zealand and throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.

We  help people, communities and the environment thrive through the goodness of kiwifruit. We sit at the heart of an interconnected industry working with 2,800 growers in New Zealand and 1,500 growers in Italy, France, Greece, South Korea and Japan. We supply the world’s healthiest little superfruits to people in more than 50 countries. We are fruit on a mission.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. We commit to guardianship; putting people, the community, and the environment first. We are results-driven, challenging ourselves to grow and deliver better value. We cultivate personal connections, listening and acting with empathy and humility – and treating each other better for it.

We are growing quickly, driven by our success in engaging more and more consumers and by offering the world’s best kiwifruit 12 months of the year. We have bold ambitions and aim to grow sales from approximately $3 billion in 2018 to $4.5 billion by 2025.

To achieve our goals, we’re empowering our people to achieve their goals, designing our work for wellbeing, through flexible work practices and self-leadership.

We have bold ambitions for the future and we want all of our people to live and perform at their best.


About The Role

The Supply Planning Manager is responsible for all Supply Planning activities and optimization of Finished Goods, Bulk and Packaging material inventory levels for the European Supply Network. 

This role is open for Antwerp, Zeebrugge or remotely from Switzerland. 


The main responsibilities from the role include

  • Finished Goods Production/ Capacity planning and Detailed Scheduling of the Operations Facility
  • Finished Goods and Bulk Replenishment Planning for all EU Hubs
  • Packaging material Purchase and Replenishment planning for the production facilities
  • Inventory planning and optimization over the Supply network balancing demand and supply constraints and creating end-to-end visibility of inventory 
  • Product availability and support Product Allocation process with Customer Support dept
  • Seasonal Phase in Phase out planning
  • Facilitate the monthly Supply Review Meeting in the S&OP process 
  • Lead Review meetings with 3PL partners for inventory and production planning 
  • Provide monthly structured reporting to support review meetings 
  • Define inventory policy for all purchased/ manufactured items in line with financial targets
  • Maintain and measure performance and analyse route causes for continuous improvements
  • Manage and maintain planning software and determine optimization parameters
  • Project lead for advanced planning tool implementation and process improvements 
  • Provide input into the yearly budget process and a key player in scenario planning

Qualifications & Experience

  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain/Logistics, Business Administration, Finance  or equivalent by experience
  • Ideally prior 3-5 years’ experience in a Supply Chain Planning function
  • Advanced Analytical skills
  • Proven knowledge of planning methodologies and understanding of their financial and operational impacts
  • Demonstrated Planning & Prioritization capabilities 
  • Knowlegde of SAP/APO or other supply planning software is preferred
  • Project Management experience
  • People Management skills (having at least 1 year of experience leading direct reports)
  • Fluent in english. Other language is a plus

What's In It For You

  • Competitive overall remuneration package, including a Short-Term Incentive scheme opportunity.
  • FlexWELL flexible work ethos
  • Additional paid annual leave day per year (Zespri Day).
  • Additional paid volunteer day to volunteer within your community (Volunteer Time).
  • Global Life and Permanent Disability Insurance.
  • Group Medical Insurance benefits.



Zespri will not accept applications or contact from any temporary staffing agency, placement service or professional recruiter for this vacancy (“Agency”).


Where Zespri requires the support of an agency to fulfil a vacancy, we will proactively seek this support from our network of Agencies.  We respectfully ask that you do not contact Zespri or any of its affiliates/employees regarding vacancies, and reserve the right not to reply.


Zespri will not be responsible for, and will not pay, any fees, commissions or other payments related to such unsolicited resumes.