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External Manufacturing Planner - South Africa

Job Name

External Manufacturing Planner - South Africa


South Africa




Supply Chain & Logistics

Reporting Line:

Supply Chain Manager - SUBSA

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Vibhuti Shrotria

About the role

This is a unique opportunity to be part of our SUBSA team and play an important Global role in our organization.

You will build deep partnership at a global and local level, across Bacardi.

You will play a major role in adding value driving the manufacturing process with external manufacturers in the region, ultimately helping Bacardi to deliver against our BEST10 growth aspirations to support sales.

You are skilled at consistently building deep, trusting partnership with sales, finance, and leaders.  You have ability to work and negotiate with external copacks and add on to the procurement vendor base. Structured, focused and organised define your approach as you navigate multiple high priority. You are solution oriented with a fantastic attention to detail, great listening skills and proactive approach to anticipating business needs


  • Manage inventory in line with agreed targets, preventing slow-non movers and write offs
  • To manage days of supply of dry goods inventory in line with agreed targets
  • Review RCCP with external manufacturer in the frame of the 3Years strategic plan
  • Downtime incidents including appropriate corrective and preventative actions. The report should also include details of on hand inventory and obsolescence risk.
  • To ensure that material supply policies are currently reviewed and updated to reflect current and future business needs.
  • To understand the impact of, and proactively manage any major deviations (> +/- 15% to dry goods requirements).
  • To supply weekly material requirements to the supply base covering the period of next day – 18 months.
  • Ensure accuracy of system eg MRP, MD, stock
  • MRP Generation – raw material and packaging material planning
  • PO management – creation, change management, GRNs, etc
  • Point of contact Engaging with suppliers to ensure on time delivery
  • Lead weekly material requirements to the supply base covering the period of 18-24 months demand horizon
  • Provide suppliers with full visibility of material plans for the next 13 weeks rolling
  • To manage the stock risk attached to dry goods packaging materials
  • To operate within the agreed material escalation process
  • Support supplier review meetings for what concerns operations planning
  • To work with regional procurement team to ensure sufficient pipeline materials to support future bottling plans
  • Ensure orders are shipped respecting SLA, golden rules, performance standards and compliance (e.g. lead time, MOQs, safety, quantities, active and correct SKU, OTIF, invoice release)
  • Facilitate continuous stock review (Finish products, raw and pack goods) and agree action to address slow moving items
  • Track any order delay, report root causes through weekly process and make sure corrective actions are in place with the relevant stakeholders
  • Inform and challenge internal team and Transport representative to achieve the perfect execution of order fulfilment throughout the manufacturing and delivery process
  • Manage and follow export processes and relevant related requirements
Sales & Operations Planning
  • Maintain relationship with copacker monitoring performances vs set SLA KPIs
  • Coordinate new launches commercialization made at the external manufacturer
  • Preparation of critical component supply issues information for the monthly plant S&OP process i.e. supply review.
  • Preparation of critical component supply issues information for the monthly plant S & OP process.
  • Provide weekly, monthly order fulfilment related reports
  • Lead the supply review being part of the S&OP process with external manufacturer and operations’ functions stakeholders.
  • Develop, maintain and broadcast relevant set of KPI to control Supply Chain performance (inventory, lead time, Planning Adherence, Replenishment Performance etc.) for the scope
  • Create and complete missing standard operating procedures
  • Work in close collaboration with market demand planner and customer service
  • Drive quarterly review of sourced markets stocks with particular focus on projected stock levels to monitor end to end inventory in the network, in collaboration with local supply chain

Skills and Experience

  • Proactivity, autonomy, and strong communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of processes within operations and best practices of supply and demand planning
  • Knowledge of co pack operations and ability to negotiate and finalise new co-packs
  • Business savvy and a good understanding of the consumer & customers’ needs
  • Ability to influence, market, regional and central teams
  • Demonstrate accountability and capability to work independently with confidence to ask for support when required
  • Ability to find effective ways of working within a matrix organization, and within a fast-changing environment
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Make sure document processes and activities for potential back up contingency. Able to judge when alignment needs to be documented, minuted and not
  • Build strong collaboration with stakeholders and above all team members
  • Language Requirements: English is essential, additional languages are an asset
  • Excellent creative thinking skills with emphasis on developing innovative solutions to complex problems that may not have one clear answer
  • Knowledge of demand and supply planning technology and decision support tools
  • Demonstrate an interest in personal learning and development
  • Belonging: You have a strong capacity to create a culture of ‘Belonging’, where people feel appreciated for who they are, what they do, and who they can become. You’re an authentic leader who acts with purpose and has an approachable, empathetic, open communication style. Embrace multicultural environment with diverse ways of working
  • Mental Agility: You can think critically to penetrate complex problems and expand the possibilities by making fresh connections. You think strategically whilst being execution focused and bring creativity to the challenges you’re presented with. You will have an attitude of constant learning and improving. Inquisitiveness/ curiosity around new media, digital, technology and social trends and possessing an attitude to experiment or innovate in these areas.
  • People Agility: You bring a deep ability to understand and relate to people and navigate through tough situations to harness and multiply collective performance. You create strong positive first impressions and build those into great relationships.
  • Self-Awareness: You have high levels of self-awareness, are reflective and know yourself well, understanding both your own strengths and weaknesses and your impact on others.
  • Results Agility: You demonstrate consistent delivery of results in first-time situations by inspiring teams, exhibiting a presence that builds confidence in yourself and others. You operate at pace, can multi-skill effectively and are at ease in leading projects. You will be highly performance driven, commercially and financially astute.
  • Change Agility: You have a deep natural curiosity, desire to experiment and ability to effectively deal with the heat of change. You have a growth and learning mindset: ready to test, stumble, learn and apply from experience. Highly comfortable with change and ambiguity.

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.