Production Planning Manager, Harwich, Essex

  • Job Title: Production Planning Manager
  • Salary: £40k DOE
  • Location: Harwich, Essex
  • Status: Full Time/ Permanent

Surya Foods is one of the largest suppliers of authentic world foods in the UK and the company behind the fastest growing rice brand, Laila – part of the rapidly expanding, family run Flying Trade Group (FTG) which boasts an annual UK turnover in excess of £160-million, operating in over 30 countries. Impressive growth has seen FTG enter the 2018 Sunday Times Top Track 250 league tables and the Sunday Times International Track 200 in 2019 and in 2020 company sales are already growing at 28%.

We supply 100’s of products into supermarket giants Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl, Co-Op, Iceland. We supply key customers such as Bestway, Brakes and Bidfood in our every growing food service channel. We also supply over 1000 independent retail accounts across the UK which is the heartbeat of our business, as well as our recently created online store selling over 2000 SKU’s.

Surya Foods also represents some leading imported brands including Britannia Biscuits, National Foods, FOCO, Ajinomoto and Samai among others as part of our World Foods ranges.

With rapid expansion plans over next 3 years, we are planning on launching another 100 SKU’s this year, bringing new products and innovation to every sales channel. We are dramatically expanding our business with new capacity, new manufacturing capability and a much bigger commercial, marketing and buying team. We are embarking on a journey from specialist World Foods supplier to a leading FMCG mainstream manufacturer that is truly multi-channel and global.

To facilitate this growth, we are seeking a Production Planning Manager, reporting to Head of Supply Chain.  This role is fast paced and works across a large number of functions, we are looking for someone to bring experience and production planning knowledge that will support the growth of the business and the expansion into a multi site environment.

This role would suit a passionate foodie with strong food manufacturing planning experience & a thorough understanding of end to end supply chain functions. 

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • To evaluate and plan the weekly production using provided customer demand plan to ensure stock is available to meet customer requirement
  • Collaborate with production managers to ensure optimum productivity and timely completion of orders
  • Promptly addressing and resolving production issues to minimise delays in production
  • Estimating the amount of material required for production
  • To plan and generate packaging orders based on forward forecast and production schedule
  • To demand plan raw materials based on forward forecast
  • To suggest new ways of working and automation to streamline and simplify current processes
  • To work with system development team in India to design automations of scheduling and planning tools to amalgamate all into one system

Management/ Leadership Skills Required:

  • Proven experience working as a production planner
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly Excel skills (formulas, pivot tables, vlook up etc.)
  • Sound knowledge of material requirements planning (MRP) and related software
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Effective communication skills


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