Supply chains experience peaks and troughs over the course of a year, month, week or day. Sometimes they are completely predictable (e.g. when a factory is closed); other times they are expected (e.g. the prevailing weather and related demands during summer and winter; and on occasion they take everyone by surprise (e.g. a derailment closing a railway down). But to the good planner, all of these events will have been anticipated and their negative effects minimised, their positive ones capitalised on.
The planner will be at the heart of the supply chain, making sure that every element’s needs are met by constantly assuring, to his or her best ability, that their chain links are kept operational. In normal circumstances, the ongoing quest for efficiency will be the planner’s role; during highly unexpected events their role will switch to firefighting mode, putting in place contingency plans or, if it is off the scale, working with the other parties to arrive at a solution.
The planner will at all times need to know how well stocked warehouses are and how production and demand are looking. Stock takes will be daily or even more frequently in busy operations. There will be regular contact with suppliers, forecasters, producers and logistics teams to ensure that customer demands are met and that the system is running as efficiently as possible.
Although prior planning experience will usually be a massive advantage for a planner, experience in one of a number of specialitys from supply chain, logistics or procurement can be advantageous, as they all have elements of planning in them.
A key part of the job will be dealing with people, both from within and external to the company, to build up a picture of the current state of affairs as regards stock levels, raw materials availability, expected peaks and troughs and transportation issues. Communications skills will therefore be a prime requirement.
Analysis of the present situation and reconciliation of this with plans will be important to the job, so someone with a mathematical, logical mindset will be sought. The work will involve a lot of work at the computer screen so familiarity with desktop office solutions will be required.
People approach Cast UK for many reasons, whether seeking more job fulfilment or simply relocating with the family, so it’s good to know that we always have the complete range of positions available nationwide.
We are a growing force in logistics, procurement and supply chain recruitment, partly because supply chain, procurement and logistics are the only sectors we deal with. Our founder members and consultants all come from these sectors, so we know what employers and candidates are looking for in their staff and careers respectively.
As we only deal with these fields, many employers come to us first to create a candidate shortlist because they know we’re tightly focused on delivering the best people to them. Please see what’s available in your region and if you’ve seen something you’re interested in, do get in touch – whether it’s today or tomorrow, we might have the best position for you.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Planner for your business or find you a job as a Planner then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
Scunthorpe is a town at the north of Lincolnshire roughly as far north as Grimsby on the east coast but 23 miles (37 km) inland. Its closest major neighbour is Hull, 16 miles (26 km) to the north east, and Leeds and Sheffield are both roughly 35 miles (57 km) to the west. The town originally comprised five villages, Ashby, Crosby, Brumby, Frodingham and Scunthorpe, but time merged them together and they officially collectively became Scunthorpe as we now know it, with a population of around 75,000.
The town has a rich industrial heritage, and played its part in the Industrial Revolution as a major centre for ironworks in the mid to late 1800s. These would eventually become steel works as the technology was honed. The usual story for most of these industrial boom towns is that that fell into decline in the twentieth century, but happily for Scunthorpe this is not the case. The largest single employer remains the steelworks, now owned by the Indian steel giant Tata. Thanks to the ongoing success of the steelworks, many engineering firms, large and small, are doing well in the area. Major local employers include BOC, Bell Waste Control, Nisa Today’s, 2 Sisters, Key Country Foods, The Sauce Company and Ericsson.
With such a vibrant industrial history and the whole spectrum of industry from heavy to light, Planner jobs can appear in Scunthorpe from time to time. The town is also at the centre of a circle of major towns, cities, resorts and ports, which can potentially lead new logistics, warehousing and supply chain companies to set up there.
If you’re looking for more information on the Planner positions available in Scunthorpe or anywhere else in the UK, do get in touch so we can talk about what’s on offer. Cast UK’s regional specialists can provide detailed information about the potential employers, the available job types and the average expected salary.
With a wealth of experience in the fields covered, Cast UK’s team of recruitment consultants understands what it takes to be a successful candidate for every vacancy. We never stop working with procurement, logistics and supply chain clients and applicants from across the country, and are dedicated to filling each position with the best talent possible.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Scunthorpe or source a new job in Scunthorpe then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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