Mars UK • United Kingdom

Material Planner

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Material Planner

Mars Wrigley


12 months fixed term contract

Hybrid working structure

Excellent salary + Benefits

Are you on the hunt for a new opportunity within supply chain? if the answer is yes, look no further!

We currently have a new exciting opportunity for a Material Planner to work out of our Slough site within the Mars Wrigley segment. The Material Planner is responsible for the operational Purchase to Pay process ensuring the availability of a defined raw or packaging material category for all European/Russian MW factories or co packers while controlling the inventory value of those products preventing obsolescence and conserve cash.

As the Material Planner you will collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders to drive improvements and solve exceptions e.g., with Commercial, SQA, Suppliers, Warehouses, Schedulers, Logistics, QFS, Finance and others.

What are we looking for?

  • You'll have excellent attention to detail and a passion for data accuracy
  • You'll be experienced and knowledgeable within supply chain
  • A Supply Chain Management qualification (or similar) is advantageous but not essential
  • You'll have good systems knowledge and ability to work quickly, accurately and efficiently
  • You'll be collaborative with good communication
  • Fluent in English (EU), additional EU CIS languages (such as Russian, French, Dutch or Polish) would be an advantage

What would be your key responsibilities?

  • As the Material Planner you'll own, set and manage the replenishment strategy and associated system parameters for each material within the category across all nodes in the network (10 factories in EU) in line with the inventory policy for short, mid and long-term purchasing. Recommend and align changes with internal and external stakeholders
  • You'll review SAP and Kinaxis MRP projection and create Purchase Orders balancing cash and service, following through for robust supply and 100% order confirmation within planning horizon. Managing VMI supplier performance through regular reviews and good relation; Shares forecast / significant changes with suppliers and commercial
  • You'll be accountable for housekeeping in both planning systems to ensure high data quality in material planning
  • You'll receives and manage invoice exceptions with relevant parties
  • You'll manage material shortages / supply crisis as escalation owner and facilitate crisis team meetings
  • You'll have accountability for incident tracking (all levels) and RCA for critical issues across stakeholders
  • You'll assure efficient connection with stakeholders via signature processes like COMOS, SMOS, CMOS
  • You'll support the change in our supplier landscape, processes and strategies to drive mid/long term improvements in line with our business strategy
  • You 'll manage demurrage and obsolescence mitigation for your category avoiding NQC and initiating disposal / returns
  • You'll manage execution of compensation activities (material replacement etc.) by the suppliers
  • You'll evaluate supplier performance and provide relevant information during commercial supplier reviews or to management teams
  • You'll manage Relay workflows and POR steps and supports new initiatives and qualification processes for suppliers in close collaboration with COPs and local logistics / SAPMs
  • You'll manage Relay workflows and POR steps in close collaboration with local logistics / SAPMs
  • You'll maintain and build strong relationships with external suppliers and internal stakeholders
  • You'll read SCMR and SCGM outputs, feeding or participating in the MOS structure driving fact-based value adding conversations
  • You'll collaborate with Schedulers and Execution Planners to solve material constraints and with the Supply Network Planner/Commercial, evaluates alternate strategies to solve non capacity material issues

What can you expect from Mars?

  • We’ll give you a competitive salary and benefits package, including annual bonus, and excellent pension
  • A strong focus on your progression and development, with a development plan, and access to Mars University
  • Access to discounted product in our Mars Associate shops
  • Excellent maternity and paternity packages because we value you and your family
  • Private medical care as well as life assurance schemes

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave

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Company employees

4000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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