Packaging & Production Planner


Singapore, SG, 758091

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

This role is to handle the following key responsibilities mentioned to cover the areas within the scope of the supply chain function with emphasis & focus on materials planning activities/scope.


Key responsibilities include

  • Work with Planning Manager to effectively coordinate with internal and external parties eg. Production, QA, Purchasing and Logistics teams on improvements for FG/RM inventory/replenishment planning.
  • The Material Planner will focus on the following:
    • Effectively manage and coordinate with internal and external parties eg. Production, QA, Purchasing and warehouse on Inventory and packaging materials replenishment planning.  Execute and monitor phase-in & phase-out of old and new packaging materials & externally printed labels.
    • Closely monitor production plan conformance and output. Feedback concerns on production progress and closely work with Supervisor and other stakeholders on their concerns with the plan.
    • Closely monitor liquid delivery production and shipment plan to ensure order fulfillment.
    • Constantly monitor inventory and feedback concerns on inventory level and any out-of-stock situations.
    • Work closely with respective suppliers on the call-off plan of packaging materials and coordinate with relevant stakeholders (BC internal & suppliers) on supply issues and complaints on product supplied.
    • Manage customer supply allocations in situations where materials are in scarce/tight supply.
    • Close liaison with Planning Manager in coordinating packaging materials required for SOC management & for interface into the SAP system for future planning via SAP system integration & roll-out.
    • Interacts with shop floor management on a daily basis to resolve issues regarding manufacturing efficiencies or additional information as requested from Production, and Customer Service.
    • Complete status reports for production progress, work in process and follow up as required with all teams to expedite the flow of materials to meet the production schedule.
    • Ensure the mass balance of certified raw materials is correctly and promptly updated in the bookkeeping.
    • Oversee & coordinate system roll-out to enable packaging materials planning via the SAP system.
    • Manage packaging material inventory to ensure it meets the stated inventory holding level
    • Any other duties & responsibilities to be assigned from time to time relating to planning scope/function.
  • Stakeholder Management
    • Internal stakeholders:
      • Production – Packaging planning, repacking and liquid delivery schedule.  Interacts with Production Scheduler and Supervisors on reviewing daily production status, highlighting implications.
      • QA – Discuss & liaise relating to a quality matter that arises which impact shipments inbound & outbound   
      • Warehouse & Shipping (Logistics) – Coordinate with warehouse & shipping on shipment-related planning, deployment of shipment & storage-related activities.
      • Purchasing – Replenishment ordering; Interacts with Purchasing on the positioning of packaging materials.
    • External stakeholders
      • Suppliers - Coordinate & liaison on all inbound & call-off deliveries; Provide the delivery forecast for specific suppliers.   
      • Intervene with suppliers & contractors on any escalated issues & concerns impacting order fulfillment


About you

  • Degree or Diploma in Supply Chain Management or equivalent, CPIM or equivalent certification is a plus.
  • Diploma for those with at least 5 years of relevant planning & project management/coordination-related experience
  • English communication skill
  • Chinese communication skill is a plus
  • Experience in production & materials planning in a manufacturing environment
  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in demand and supply management especially in a manufacturing environment will be an advantage
  • Inventory control and MRP exposure
  • Exposure to SAP and S&OP process
  • Hands-on Excel, word and PowerPoint knowledge
  • Inventory control and MRP exposure by SAP will be an advantage
  • Demand forecasting and capacity optimization
  • Able to multi-task & work under pressure in meeting tight deadlines
  • Strong coordination and organizing ability and overall point of view, with the ability to prioritize and proactively complete projects
  • Excellent time management skills, including the ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines
  • Proficient in English & Mandarin 

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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