Category Planner

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£33000 - £35170 per annum + .
21 Feb 2018
21 Mar 2018
Manpower UK
Job Type
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a world leading global organisation, our Global FMCG Client Unilever, are currently seeking a Category Planner based at their facility in Seacroft, Leeds. This is a full time temporary role for a period of 12 months working a 37.5 hour week. This role is paying up to £35,170 per annum.

Overview of role
The delivery of right-first-time innovations into the marketplace at perfect Quality is fundamental to driving the growth ambition of the Unilever Deodorants Category. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Category Planner within the European team, to play a role in bringing these innovations to life. You would be joining a team who are managing 70+ live innovation projects and 1000 SKUs, across the key brands Rexona/Sure, Axe/Lynx, Dove, Impulse and local markets. The projects range from large step-change projects, led globally and delivered regionally over a longer time scale, to country-specific or targeted activities which require focused effort by a cross functional team in short timescales to shape and react to market conditions.

Key Responsibilities
Accountable for the planning and management of projects for a given portfolio to define scope, key activities and timings required to prove capability and move into production.
Create/manage networks and lead SC element of all Innovation projects within a given portfolio.
Working in cross functional teams, led by marketing with representatives from technical functions - hold individuals accountable for the delivery of their activities and ensure projects remain "on track" vs. delivery expectations.
Management of projects to very tight timescales - an ability to work to agreed deadlines is essential.
Attendance of regular brand team meetings and project meetings, to review brand plans and ensure teams are set up to deliver new innovations against the required timings.
Working with key countries to ensure a customer focus in both the delivery of innovation projects and implementation of best practice, ensuring end to end supply chain costs are minimised.
Responsibility for logistics data. An aptitude for using systems e.g. Microsoft Project & Excel is important. Training on internal systems will be provided as required.
Involvement in VIP projects & production transfers between sites. He/she will also play a key role in reducing the complexity of the product portfolio through Smart Complexity principles.
Support implementation of category-wide change projects.

Qualifications Skills & Experience
Degree level qualified or equivalent working experience
Minimum 2 years' experience of Supply Chain/Logistics function (ideally FMCG)
Demonstrated ability in project management and cross-functional team working.
Experience in Microsoft Office, especially Excel. MS Project highly beneficial.
Excellent communication skills at all levels.
Super organized