Customer Replenishment Specialist

Recruiter
Unilever
Location
Leatherhead, Surrey
Salary
Up to £35000 per annum
Posted
15 Feb 2018
Closes
15 Mar 2018
Ref
TB/LHD/CRS
Contact
Manpower UK
Job Type
Temporary
Hours
Full-time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a world leading global organisation, our client is currently looking for a Customer Replenishment Specialist to work their Leatherhead Facility. This is a full time temporary role for a period of 6 months, working a 36.25 per hour week. This role is paying up to £35,000 pro rata.

Background/General Purpose of Position:

The Customer Replenishment Specialist is primarily responsible for working with our customers to develop the most accurate forecast possible for promotions and events (new listings, product changes etc) and ensuring this is reflected in the client's forecasting system to maintain excellent on shelf availability, forecast accuracy and service level.

The main focus is on providing our clients planning teams with insight from the customer via detailed understanding of customer systems and processes at store and depot level to facilitate the execution of events and communicating information to the customer about upcoming activities. The role will also involve some project activities with the customer to improve our service or delivery efficiency.

The scope of responsibility will vary from one group of products with one large customer to many product groups with multiple smaller customers.

This role will require regular meetings at customer head office and will interact with customer systems as well as client's systems. Subject to the level of access granted by the customer, the CRS duties can include providing spreadsheet analysis of SKU stock and availability levels and agreeing collaborative forecasts for promotions with customers and sharing these with the client.

The CRS will be reactive to short term demand fluctuations and provide insight on stock, changes to distribution and buy-in phasing to help to interpret stock flow patterns and facilitate decision making during short stock situations but the primary focus will be on ensuring the forecast is right first time to avoid the need for this.

A key interaction will be with the Customer Account Manager to ensure that the commercial and supply chain communication to the customer is fully aligned


Responsibilities:

Working closely with key contacts within the customer
-Drive sales through optimising flow of stock to shelf
-Report, analyse and deliver on KPIs by implementing continuous improvement activities related to availability, inventory, forecasting, execution of events and value creation.
-Build close relationships to create a partnership with an open and transparent dialogue and flow of information.
-Deliver optimum On Shelf Availability through interactions with customer systems and processes.
-Administer CPFR (collaborative planning, forecast and replenishment) cyclical process and support account manager in short term planning meeting with customer buyer and supply chain

Working closely with key contacts
-Support Category Planners in short term through weekly review and communication of volume variances as well as medium term through formal root cause analysis of major variances and taking preventative actions.
-Alert planning team to critical SKUs that sell very differently to plan and support resolution of disconnect between supply and demand.
-With the Customer Facing Specialist seek to minimise impact on customer casefill shortages.
-Handle major variances to customer ordering pattern, such as depot or store openings and network changes.
-Support total customer service team and maintain operational cover in times of absence or other priorities
Accountabilities:
-Maximising sales through on-shelf availability
-Minimising supply and demand related customer casefill losses by facilitating CPFR
-Improving short term forecast accuracy
-Implementing continuous improvement activities to support supply chain development
-Maintaining customer satisfaction levels

Consulted:
-Supply chain contacts within customer
-Customer Facing Specialist
-Customer Service Manager
-Retail Operations Team
-Customer Account Manager
-Planning Team



Key Skills Requirements

-Intermediate level at Microsoft Excel (vlookup and pivot tables)
-Service mindset, taking ownership to resolve customer issues
-Ability to build relationship and be a strong team player both
-Proactive approach to issues and opportunities
-High levels of numeracy and logical reasoning
-To be able to assimilate and act on complex data and information
-To be able to influence and communicate effectively at all levels
-Attention to detail
-Inflencing skills
-Planning and organisation skills
-To understand the financial impact of decisions
-Use of SAP (training provided in role)

Standards of Leadership Required

Growth Mindset, Accountability & Responsibility, Bias for Action, Building Talent & Teams, Consumer & Customer Focus

Key Experience and Qualifications Required

The individuals will be passionate about delivering. Good interpersonal, communication and relationship management skills are preferred.

They will have a track record of delivery in Customer Service including good experience with managing customer requirements, and will probably have a supply chain background including forecasting responsibilities.
Shop floor experience would be a bonus