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Planner-Buyer Manager (Raw Materials)

Lessines, Belgium


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Planner-Buyer Manager (Raw Materials)

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Job ID SR0032437 Date posted 10/09/2019 Location Lessines, Belgium

This position Leads the Planner/Buyer team and represents the team in respective meetings, being the main contact for Stakeholders. Local Process Owner for Planner/Buyer concept - consistently work on process improvements. Be prepared to work on new projects assigned and identify and execute Process improvement opportunities.


25% Responsible function for continuity of supply for Raw materials/auxiliaries, tracking and issues management of those for Lessines facility:

  • Communicate/Report/Escalate supply shortage issues in a timely and accurate manner and communicate transparent and up to date supply plans to internal stakeholders. Align with local GSP department, SC site lead and internal stakeholders. Lead respective local meetings and represent Planner/Buyer function in project teams. Decide on supply trade-offs in close cooperation with all Supply Chain Planning departments.
  • Prepare/track information on weekly raw materials/auxiliaries plant status. Lead weekly raw materials Issue Meetings for reporting into plant management and push progress at QIT meetings.
  • Drive inventory optimization tasks
  • Monitor quality of input data for planning process. Initiate corrective action if necessary
  • First point of contact for Raw material planning matters with suppliers

25% Process Owner role:

  • Identify with collaborating departments (locally and Globally) needs for process improvement (MRP and Scheduling) and initiate improvement tasks
  • Lead or at least initiate process improvement initiatives for both process logic and process performance topics

15% Data reporting and analysis:

  • Prepare global forecasts for GSP - assure data forecast accuracy within the ERP-system
  • Lead Safety Stock Review Meetings
  • Lead Review of item master data of all auxiliaries regarding to Planner Buyer related parameters
  • Lead Inventory review for optimization of inventory level (i.e. slow movers, excess/obsolete, short dated and expired + related dispositions),ensure supply is in line with required safety stock targets.
  • Evaluate/discuss/confirm auxiliary release performance through observing release adherence development
  • Consolidate for review and answer requests from Financial department

15% Material Change management:

  • Coordination of Material changes coming from Takeda’s suppliers
  • Change and planning evaluation

20% People Management :

  • Supervision and coordination of the Planner Buyer team at an operational level
  • Ensure availability of working tools/environment for Planner/Buyer – consolidation of tools upfront to improve efficiency
  • Represent Supply Chain planning on Audits regarding Raw materials/Auxiliary topics - depending on demand and audit goal/ auditing organization
  • Training for self and team
  • Ensure development plan creation and follow up
  • Fully substitute or support Planner Buyer in case of emergency or shortage of human resources


  • Master Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain or other relevant field
  • Minimum 7 years professional experience in supply chain management and customer service and/or procurement
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in leading a team
  • Experience in Raw Materials Management, Disposition/Planning and Cost Accounting is preferred
  • Outstanding business acumen as well as commercial and financial understanding of the Materials Requirements Planning
  • Profound knowledge of MS Office (expert level in Excel), ERP systems (e.g. JDE) and supply chain planning tools
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Language skills: Fluent in French and English. Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal communication skills , ability to lead workshops

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