FMCG Head of Planning Job in Nairobi, Kenya 2019

Job Title: Head of Planning – FMCG

Industry: FMCG, Manufacturing

Location: Nairobi

Gross Salary: 70k – 100k

Our client is one of the leading manufacturer of edible oils, detergent and soaps based in Nairobi.

They are seeking to hire a head of planning in Supply Chain.

Role Summary: The candidate will be responsible for creating a feasible supply plan driven through interpreting differentiated planning strategies, satisfying customer requirements, optimizing stock and asset.


1. Distribution Requirements Planning / Replenishment

  • Determines and ensures execution of deployment strategies for Finished Goods i.e. push vs pull
  • Understands and influences the planning parameters (In-House and External) and assumptions i.e. production cycle time, sequencing, volatility
  • Derives Finished Goods (FG’s) stock policy using inventory planning models by stock holding location and determines gross requirements by distribution center or market
  • Understands warehouse and transportation capacity planning as well as customer requirements in the short term (e.g. Lead time / min max stock)

2. Master Production Scheduling (MPS)

  • Understands and influences the planning parameters (In-House and External) and assumptions e.g. changeovers, stock-building, warehouse Constraints etc
  • Develops and implements the run strategy, Creates and understands rough cut capacity plan (RCCP)
  • Creates cost contingency plans and scenarios, supported by the Finance team
  • Communicates the Master Production Schedule and consequences to the business

3. Production Scheduling

  • Optimizes and communicates the line schedule taking into account sequencing
  • Creates feasible production schedules, considers constraints, e.g. line capacity, labour, batch sizes, run rates, bottlenecks, planned downtime
  • Understands difference between re-order point and fixed cycle scheduling, and when to apply the relevant strategy
  • Executes agreed manufacturing run strategy and updating the bill of material in system
  • Influences the safety-stock holding of suppliers for Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)
  • Managing Inventory Planning, Materials Requirements Planning (MRP), Material Call Off
  • Ensure of production compliance on the SOPs of operation process and usage of material

4. Agreeing Constrained Supply Plan

  • Conducts effective dialogue on assumptions and articulation of facts and evidence
  • Optimizes production and inventory to deliver the demand plan
  • Negotiates and influences the decision making process and raises future capacity and stock issues
  • Understands and manages the functional and individual biases
  • Determines and agrees key outputs e.g. constrained supply plan, cost supply & inventory plan
  • Determines continuous improvement plans and raises for discussion in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) meeting
  • Managing the end of month stock take and to be carried as per the SOPS


  • Bachelor Degree in supply chain, materials management, industrial engineering or other business related field. Masters is a plus
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in Supply Chain Management
  • 3-5 years of experience in production planning/ Master production scheduling/ capacity management in FMCG companies
  • Must be familiar with OPM/ERP systems and PP/MM modules in sap
  • Familiar with creating dashboard report in excel and other software
  • Preference to Supply Chain Professionals/ CPIM holders

How to Apply

If you are up to the challenge, possess the necessary qualifications and experience; please send your CV only quoting the job title on the email subject (Head of planning – FMCG) to on or before Friday 22nd March 2019

Kindly indicate current/last salary on your CV

N.B: We do not charge any fee for receiving your CV or for interviewing

Only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.