Planning Manager

The Planning manager is a key role in the business operations structure supporting not just the immediate needs of demand planning and replenishment but also wider growth planning needs and business strategy input. Our business has a focus on fresh products with a short shelf life so balancing supply and demand to hit waste and availability targets will be a core focus. This role will be exciting and stretching, requiring you to support both day to day activity and short term planning needs, as well as influencing longer term strategic direction for the business. 

We’re a VC-backed scale-up with ambitious plans, and growing fast. That’s why we’re looking for our Planning Manager to help us grow seamlessly and support customer acquisition and retention.

You will benefit from flexible hours and optional remote working. While the position will be remote working only to begin with, as social restrictions ease, some office work will be required to interact with the broader team, so you should be London-based or able to travel, as necessary.

Why Collectiv Food?

Collectiv Food is a fast-growing next generation food supply business, on a mission to transform how food is accessed and distributed within cities. Founded in 2018, we are based in West London and supported by industry experts and leading venture investors, such as Partech, Frontline and Mustard Seed. We are building a unique food supply model, with greener last mile delivery; sourcing quality ingredients directly from a network of over 1,000 producers and delivering to hundreds of professional kitchens. Our vision is to lead the transition to a sustainable, fair and transparent food supply chain.

What you’ll be doing

You will be developing the planning function of Collectiv Food. We are a highly tech oriented business, relentlessly focused on employing our own or the best available software to build smart solutions for supply chain integration

Working closely with colleagues across the business, your main responsibilities will be: 

  • Enabling the effective balancing of product supply and customer demand through forecasting and planning

  • Meeting product availability targets for order fulfilment, minimising waste levels

  • Supply and replenishment planning of producer orders through the Finance and Operations Administration resource

  • As a business that is expanding with an exciting, innovative operating model, you will also be supporting the leadership team with the planning of capacity and its deployment for growth in UK and abroad 

  • Supporting commercial and supply chain leadership in shaping catalogue strategy for profitable offer expansion

  • Inventory management - supporting the control of perishable stock through the operations team and liaising with the producer team

  • Leadership of the business S&OP cycle

  • Analysis with finance to develop optimal category insight in support of profitable offer expansion

What we’re looking for

  • An accomplished and experienced senior demand planner/supply chain manager, with a number of years accumulated leading the end to end demand planning process for wholesale food products

  • Someone who has worked collaboratively with multiple senior commercial, operational and finance colleagues to generate your own forecast, influencing accordingly and built from commercial input, statistical overlay and your own category insight and expertise

  • We’re in the process of developing processes and systems so need somebody who is flexible and adaptable and willing to lead us to develop quickly, in order to support rapid planned growth

  • You thrive in an entrepreneurial workspace, being self motivated and willing to immerse yourself in Collectiv Food to help develop our capability

  • We’re looking for a person with an analytical bias, comfortable interrogating and manipulating large data sets to convert into meaningful analysis and derive trends

  • We want you to create clarity out of ambiguity

Added bonuses (or the cherries on top!)

  • You have some previous experience in operations

  • You speak more than one language * The qualifications and experiences above are a guide and we would still love to hear from you if you believe you have the necessary skills to excel with us.

What you'll get 

  • Competitive salary with industry-matching pay reviews

  • 25 days annual leave plus 8 public holidays

  • Compelling benefits package, such as high-spec laptop and equipment, pension and more!

  • Plus, you get lots of food perks like delicious product samplings and food discounts from our customers

  • Great exposure and ability to impact a fast-growing, mission-driven food start-up

  • As a rapidly scaling start-up with a recent Series A funding round under our belt, the opportunities for progression are endless. We support progression in many forms from upward progression as either a specialist individual contributor or people manager as well as lateral progression into other teams at Collectiv Food for which you have transferable skills or have demonstrated the potential and desire to learn

  • Flexible Working – whilst ideally we are looking for someone on a full-time basis, we are more focused on finding the right person to join us, trusting people to organise and take accountability for delivering whilst supporting their needs, responsibilities, and interests outside of work. If you are looking for alternative working arrangements from part-time to job-shares, condensed working hours, school hours or similar then please do not be put off applying, we would love to hear from you

  • Hybrid office based (Notting Hill Gate, London) and remote working model - whilst you can work from the office five days a week if preferred, you can choose to work up to 2 days a week remotely

  • Team of passionate foodies, working to leave the world in a better place than we found it and, of course, for good food!

What you can expect from our recruitment process

  • 30-minute phone interview with a member of our Talent team and/ or the hiring manager

  • Three 45-minute video (or face to face when allowed) interviews (competency and values focused)

If you need sponsorship to have the right to work full-time in the UK, please let us know.

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