POSITION: Manager Operations Planning

NATURE OF BUSINESS: Multinational FMCG Group


REPORTS TO: Operations Director


SUMMARY OF EXECUTIVE OPPORTUNITY: Plan, organise, manage and control all manufacturing support activities related to short, medium and long-term planning of production and implement themost economical systems which integrate man, machine and material for optimum utilisation. Complete studies and recommendations to improve / operate existing systems effectively and to design new systems which ensure expected operational performance in the most cost effective manner. Ensure the preparation of production reports on all production related activities and coordinate the timely flow of accurate information to provide necessary data to all relevant operations parties.

GROUP BACKGROUND: The group is a Multinational FMCG company with 6 Locations across South Africa.


  • At least 7 to 8 years’ professional experience gained in a either a Multinational or major South African Fast Moving Consumer Goods Manufacturing Environment
  • Experience of working with Materials Requirement Planning Systems
  • Must be able to demonstrate tangible examples of where he/she has personally had a direct impact on the business


  • Establish credibility with the Director of Operations and other staff as an individual of professional integrity and extensive knowledge of Operations Planning and Management.
  • Actively participate with Operations Management in the formation of the weekly, monthly and annual production plan by closely monitoring the sales forecast, shipments and production volumes with Marketing & Sales and Operations in order reach the optimum stock levels to minimise financial cost and assure the requirement analysis of all manufacturing resources for the achievement of overall objectives.
  • Ensure that all the manufacturing assumptions and KPIs for budget preparations are set and full support is given to the achievement of overall objectives.
  • Develop detailed production and capacity analyses for the Long Range Plan, taking into account the machine requirement and headcount to provide management with a reliable decision making tool. Prepare and submit for review all necessary presentations Support project implementations with the preparation of project justifications, assist Operations Finance and the Capex group in the preparation of appropriation requests related to strategic initiatives. Support the development of a well-structured test program for the acceptance of new process machinery in cooperation with related departments and make recommendations for decision making.


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