Supply & Materials Planning Team Leader


Job Details


Normanton - Commercial

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time



Closing Date

29/05/2020 22:45

About IPL

At IPL our role is very clear. We are here to improve the value, quality and availability of our products to ensure that we are Asda’s lowest cost, sustainable supply chain solution. Our sustainable sourcing model supports Asda’s mission to help their customers to save money and live better lives.

We are one of the largest privately-owned food processing businesses in the UK. We have thousands of colleagues across multiple sites in the UK and in our country offices around the world.

About the site

Normanton is home to our head office and is also the largest of our operational sites where we pack fresh fruit, salad and vegetables.

Several of our support functions are based here as well as the majority of our Commercial and Buying teams. Our pack house is in operation 24 hours a day and 364 days a year, employing over 700 colleagues. We offer a broad range of roles based at site from Production Operatives to Technical Managers, Business Unit Administrators to IT Specialists.

About the Role

We are looking for a Business Unit Planning Leader to join our head office team in Normanton, West Yorkshire. The successful candidate will lead the team of Planners to guarantee Asda orders are delivered on time while meeting operational and logistics requirements.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Lead, coach, develop and motivate team of planners who cover the business 7 days a week

  • Monitor the placing of orders with suppliers using lowest cost operating model, minimizing financial impact on the business

  • Ensure accurate information sits within IPLs ERP & MRP systems (Splits, forecasts, orders, BOMs, etc.) in order to drive business wide performance

  • Guide internal and external teams so that deliveries are made on time if full of both raw materials, finished goods, and returnable assets

  • Take lead roles in the successful delivery of seasonal activities

  • Key stakeholder in building and maintaining strong working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders

  • Lead and deliver, IPL & ASDA supply chain continuous improvement initiatives 

  • Govern colleague training and compliance of agreed processes


Skills and Experience Required

  • In depth understanding of MRP/ERP and associated processes, retails link, and EDI ordering systems

  • Experience in similar role (produce background is desirable)

  • Knowledge of UK, EU and global supply chain processes

  • Knowledge of continuous improvements techniques

  • People management skills (including coaching and development)

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Strong IT skills

  • Strong communications skills

  • Project management skills

  • Ability to operate under pressure and excellent prioritisation and time management

What's in it for you?

We are a rapidly growing and exciting business, dedicated to the development of our colleagues and committed to creating a great place to work. In order to grow we need to find people already living our Values – Supportive, Trailblazing, Engaging and Principled.

In return we will offer you development, a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of:

  • Paid annual leave
  • 10% Asda Discount
  • Annual Colleague Bonus Scheme
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Private Healthcare
  • 4x Life assurance
  • Free car parking



Your place in our world

Manager - Supply Team
Supply & Materials Planning Team Leader