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Jr. Supply Planner - Faces

Chalhoub Group

Dubai, UAE

Ref: GP285-1613

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

In their endeavor to excellence, the fundamental values all our employees must possess are Commitment, Integrity, Empathy and Flexibility

Job Summary:

Our Jr. Supply Planner support the validation of demand signals through data analytics. The use of historical data, statistical models, and forecast information from Sales, Marketing as well as business knowledge are key inputs to validating demand. Our Supply Planner is directly responsible for ensuring processes are in place to drive forecast accuracy and meet KPIs.

Key Responsibilities:

Demand Planning Support:

- Work closely with Demand Planner Manager to understand expected forecasts
- Support demand team in the mitigation of specific factors (demand drivers, supply constraints) relevant within the category which must be carefully managed in the S&OP process
- Support any action plans involving price adjustments

Inventory Management & Fulfillment:

- Support Supply Planning Manager to develop and test different options for stock size, composition and age profile and recommend optimum stock model to support agreed Demand and business plans
- Implement inventory strategies based on cost benefit analysis as defined by the strategic objectives and goals
- Support supply planning efforts across functions to optimally fulfill business needs, including leading the S&OP process where required
- Identify gaps in current supply or Demand plans and propose remedial action
- Leverage order generation algorithms to ensure stock availability
- Monitor supply planning adherence to demand plan
- Communicate to all relevant stakeholders about adherence to agreed inventory levels to ensure maintenance of performance and immediate response to developing issues
- Identify constraints and options on available space and alert the business to impending issues
- Develop suppliers to achieve capability levels required to support our business
- Secure supplier involvement in internal company initiatives where relevant (joint planning and stock management, new product development etc) to give the business a strategic advantage
- Lead the specification and agreement of KPIs and SLAs with key suppliers ensuring legal compliance
- Conduct an assortment of negotiations to accomplish organization objectives


- Create options for contracting, sourcing, relationships or risk improvement, using the category sourcing frameworks
- Assist in the setting of sourcing strategies to develop new and emerging sources of supply
- Validate assumptions and robustness of sourcing strategies
- Assess existing and prospective suppliers' capabilities against evolving business needs and ensure that the business has an adequate and sustainable supply base
- Ensure gaps in current and/or potential capabilities are clearly identified and plans are developed to deal with them


- Partner with Group Logistics and Group Legal to determine the appropriate standard Incoterms approach to use for each type of cargo and address any violations or code of ethics breach
- Manage the transportation of a portfolio of different cargo types including optimising fleets and maintaining a distribution network
- Challenge selected methods of transportation and recommend alternative approaches
- Prepare back-up transportation routes to mitigate any potential risks
- Optimize stock allocation in warehouses
- Select the appropriate options to maximise efficiency and service levels
- Ensure strategies, resources and business processes are developed and in place to accommodate inventory returns and ensure inventory planning adjustments are made accordingly
- Partner with internal stakeholders to identify secondary markets or disposal facilities for unsold goods

Cost Management & Analysis:

- Apply cost modelling techniques to internal flow of money and explain implications on revenue to management
- Implement financial analysis methods such as cost volume profit and cost/price models
- Identify, propose and, if required, implement agreed changes of portfolio mix in order to optimise the price/mix ratio
- Assess sources of supply and costs using multitiered supply chain costing approaches and apply them throughout the life of a supply agreement
- Identify and implement, where required, opportunities to reduce cost and/or supply risk
- Assess macro-economic factors impacting the costs of products and follow trends to identify potential issues and opportunities
- Leverage market data to analyse any type of external risk (macro-economic risks, foreign exchange risk) and recommend action plan to mitigate risks
- Design a framework on the acceptable levels of risk for the business in coordination with the business leadership

Supply Chain Operational Excellence:

- Support the role of audit and financial compliance in all operational activities
- Develop and implement plans to ensure compliance
- Construct basic agreements including relevant terms and conditions and governing legal framework (recognising they will need final approval by legal experts)
- Interpret legal aspects that impact supply and anticipate where violations may occur
- Ensure the quality checks and balances for the processes to secure reliable item supply and for the conformance of the supplied items
- Utilize the new business intelligence reports, trend charts and limit controls

Supply Chain Planning:

- Perform basic activities to manage the space at the location using siloed solutions (e.g. Excel, Access, CAD, etc.)

System Capabilities & Technology:

- Utilize available systems according to the needs and demand of the business


Your Profile:

- Great understanding of each of the major Incoterms
- Working experience with space optimisation techniques
- Great understanding of the various techniques of handling inbound and outbound cargoes
- Understanding of multi-tiered supply chain costing models
- Great knowledge of macro-economics factors
- Basic knowledge of network design parameters and counterbalancing metrics
- Good understanding of major project management methodology
- Able to lead cross-functional/organizational project teams
- Familiar with the DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyse-Improve-Control) methodology of Six Sigma and with important problem solving and kaizen (continuous improvement) tools and techniques such as FMEA, fishbone analysis etc.
- Strong understanding of present and up-and-coming technologies to accelerate the value of SCM
- General awareness of procurement systems used within the industry and in-depth knowledge of current organization's system
- General awareness of demand planning systems used within the business
- Experience in warehouse and transportation management systems is a big plus
- 1-2 years of experience
- University degree in Business Administration, Economics, Supply Chain or any relevant field

About the Company

The Chalhoub Group is the leading partner for luxury across the Middle East since 1955. As an expert in retail, distribution and marketing services based in Dubai, the group has become a major player in the fashion, beauty and gift sectors regionally.

By blending its Middle East expertise and intimate knowledge of luxury, Chalhoub Group is building brands in the region, by offering service excellence to all its partners and a unique experience to its customers through its passionate teams.

With a growing workforce of more than 9,000 people, implemented in 14 countries, as well as the operating of over 470 retail outlets, the group's success is attributed to its most valued asset of highly skilled and dedicated teams. Professionalism and passion are what fuel the Chalhoub Group's competitive edge in today's market.

By being committed to implementing sustainable practices into their business, the Chalhoub Group has been awarded in 2013 the CSR Label from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

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