Regional Solid Planner


Lebbeke-Wieze, VOV, BE, 9280

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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!

About the Role


Own and deliver the Operational Plan, suggest scenarios, take decisions to maximize service and costs. Ensure capacity availability to produce by preparing and improving the operational production plan of our network, solving and escalating capacity issues, and steer the factories and subcontractors based on this capacity plan


Key Responsibilities Include


Own and Deliver the Operational Plan on Network level, with a focus on the assigned Factories, Subcontractors, and Intercompany suppliers


  • Own and deliver an internal production plan on an active horizon across sites with optimal use of the network, asset utilization, Stock levels, and customer satisfaction (8-17 weeks horizon)
  • Own and deliver an external supply plan from the Subcontractors & Intercompany suppliers, to ensure optimal stock levels and customer satisfaction (0-17 weeks horizon)
  • Ensure the operational plan meets inventory targets and stock build ambitions
  • When an issue can’t be solved locally within the plant (Reactive horizon), propose mitigation actions; bring unsolvable issues to the relevant decision forum (as part of S&OE)
  • Ensure the operational plan is in line with tactical guidance: shift regimes, volume allocation between sites, transfers, and investment ramp-up
  • Conduct Root Cause analysis when deviating from tactical guidance significantly
  • Drive regular reviews with reactive planners and operations (i.e. local teams) on planning parameters to model capacity; OEEs, rates, calendars, and maintenance plans
  • Communicate & agree on the Production Plans & Supply plans with the assigned stakeholders (SC Managers – Local Planners – Subcontractors…)
  • Ensure / Monitor adherence to plan with factories and subcontractors
  • Perform scenario analysis to drive to decision making
  • Manage phase in & phase-out of SKUs on the operational horizon
  • Manage all relevant master data needed for an accurate operational plan
  • Collaborate as Supply Chain representative in the assigned projects relating to the responsible plants or subcontractors (such as new production lines, new product implementations…)
  • Set up and report the necessary KPIs related to the Operational planning horizon
  • Ensure and coordinate raw materials availability to subcontractors


Drive S&OE weekly cycle


  • Drive S&OE weekly cycle, strongly engaging and involving Supply, Demand, Sales, Finance Etc… in the process and meetings; Ensure E2E awareness and adherence to the weekly cycle
  • Ensure full alignment of the plan E2E: Liquid, Cocoa, tactical, Raw Materials
  • Prepares for OPR meeting, S&D, and other relevant SC touchpoints with a focus on GAP mitigation (S&D balancing)
  • Make the link between reactive planning and active planning within the S&OE cycle; consolidated network overview 17 weeks out
  • Manage Gaps and balance S&D; workout Gap closing proposals and ensure timely communication and escalation to relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure execution of resulting actions agreed during the S&OE meetings
  • Support the implementation/execution of NPI projects and transfers


Drive continuous improvement


Drive root cause analysis and continuous improvement on the end-to-end supply planning process, identify projects, participate in the selection and coordinate/perform execution




About you

  • Masters's Degree preferably in Business or Engineering
  • 3 years of relevant work experience


Process knowledge

  • Advanced knowledge on capacity / production planning including finite and infinite, creation of supply scenario’s, etc.
  • Understanding of the other supply planning processes focused on distribution requirements planning, raw materials planning and scheduling
  • Overall understanding of the link with demand planning processes

Analytical & reporting

  • Analytical and problem solving capabilities to improve production planning activities


  • Deep user knowledge on supply planning and reporting systems (SAP, OMP, BI, BW, BO, etc.)
  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills

People & communication skills

  • Strong communication skills
  • Results-oriented and time management to drive business and achieve the goals
  • Ability to engage, negotiate and influence across the different OSCO teams
  • Good level of English (writing, reading, speaking)
  • Knowledge of local languages is a plus

Factory knowledge

  • Deep knowledge on production process & capacity constraints

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.

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