Solid Planner


Halle, VBR, BE, 1500

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

Key Responsibilities Include


  • Manage the production plan for the operational horizon (13w) based on the demand plan: customer demand & dependent requirements (a combination of forecast, contracts, and orders), taking into account industrial constraints and capabilities (capacity, batch size, etc.) and inventory targets
  • Responsible for stock levels for all solid SKUs in his/her responsibilities. Responsible for communication towards the customer (care).
  • Reflect tactical decisions in the operational plan
  • Collaborate with transfer team to solve unbalances between operation plan and demand.
  • Collaborate with other planners (Liquid planners, schedulers, central planners, demand planners, and raw material planners) to ensure the consistency and feasibility of plans and to solve operational supply issues
  • Collaborate with the plant to adjust capacities/capabilities on the operational horizon
  • Drive the plant on adherence to agreed calendars and shift regimes (in accordance with the tactical plan decisions) and reflect agreed changes within the supply plan
  • Challenge the plant on performance - Adherence to plan, Rates, OEEs - and reflect agreed parameters within supply plan
  • Communicate the production plan to the plant (handover to schedulers & align with production)
  • Follow-up scheduling and execution, make sure the production plan is respected and agree on action plans in case of gaps 
  • Perform ad hoc analysis to support decision making when several options are identified
  • Manage phase-in / phase-out on the operational horizon
  • Maintain master data needed for operational planning (within the defined scope)
  • Setup/model changes to capacity (e.g. new line) based on input from OSCO Strategic Projects
  • Build reports and follow KPIs on availability, stock level, and production rates
  • Implement best practices and be involved in the continuous improvement initiatives 



  • Product availability
  • Inventory levels vs. Targets
  • Operational Plan adherence


About You


  • You have obtained a masters degree (preferably in an economic / logistics direction) or you have equivalent experience
  • Experience in a supply chain planning environment is an asset
  •  The first experience with team management is a plus.
  • You are fluent in Dutch, French & English
  • You are analytical and result-oriented is characteristic of you
  • You are also a communicative team player with an assertive approach
  • Go-getter (capable to cope with setbacks)
  • Being able to work under pressure and manage different things at the same time
  • Able to set priorities
  • Initiative
  • Good SAP and Excel knowledge

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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