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S&OP Manager Benelux

Job Name

S&OP Manager Benelux






Operations - Supply Chain - Logistics - Procurement

Reporting Line:

Supply Chain Director Benelux-Nordics

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Sandra Vanlooy-Taylor

About the role

Your Opportunity

The S&OP Manager Benelux is the key integrating level between global functions and local clusters/countries for S&OP.
  • Responsible for developing Demand and Supply Strategy along with an optimized inventory strategy for the Benelux to meet sales and service objectives. Collaboration with other members of the supply chain, sales, marketing, finance and customer support teams is paramount to achieve these sales and service objectives. Developing more integration between departments i.e. “IBP”.
  • Close cooperation with the Nordics S&OP manager is key.
  • Through the S&OP process, develop, implement and influence best practices in the disciplines of forecasting and inventory management. Manage continuous improvement of the product supply (Finish goods, Value Added Pack and POS): improved customer service level; faster cycles; reduction of waste.
  • You will work closely with the central Supply Chain team in Geneva and key Benelux/Nordics stakeholders to ensure progress in these key indicators of success.
  • In this role you will likely often find yourself in your office, but can expect to travel to visit the locally based teams in the Benelux.
  • You need to ensure plants get full visibility, sales forecast accuracy is improved and that a robust alert process is in place and maintained.
  • Support and mentor the Benelux demand planners in order to ensure continuous improvement regarding tool utilization and data accuracy. When required interact with customers in order to build a collaborative relationship (VMI…).
  • In this role, you will be making key decisions that will significantly affect your markets and place you in a position of key accountability on many matters.
  • Create an open environment that encourages people to work together to solve problems and improve practices and services.
  • Take steps to develop and maintain the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to achieve positive results; participate fully in relevant training programs and actively pursue other opportunities to develop knowledge and skills


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be to:
  • Ensure that the Marketing & Sales business team reach agreement on Sales Operation and Plan on a monthly and rolling 18 month basis.
  • Engage with Marketing, Sales and customers to continuously update the requirement specifications and improve the Planning and Customer Services processes accordingly.
  • Manage the Demand and Supply Planning processes to ensure that plans are established, monitored and reviewed in order to ensure efficient and timely distribution of products at Benelux level
  • Build visibility between financial target and volume sales plan and support the financial team in the financial cycle.
  • Drive value – ensure process becomes balanced, dynamic and event driven.
  • Ensure cross functional alignment and business ownership at multiple levels
  • Demand shaping to drive an optimized response
  • Resolve short/medium term supply constraints (ex. quality, technical…) to deliver product (Finished goods, Value Added Pack and POS) on the agreed basis
  • Cooperate closely with the Activity Management Director and Project Managers on the design and development of an effective Innovation process with the aim of reducing supply chain complexity, increase supply reliability and flexibility.
  • Implement and maintain the process to prevent and monitor write-offs including action plans for reduction and control improvement.

  • Support and mentor the country demand planners in order to ensure continuous improvement regarding tool utilization and data accuracy through
    • Continuously improving forecasting techniques, method, and approach
    • Evolving and maintaining documentation and standard operating procedures for demand planning processes and systems.
    • Conduct current and future forecasting analysis, insuring forecasting processes and methods are followed.
    • Assemble and analyze all data pertinent to creating the sales forecast (historical sales, market trends, seasonality, promotions, and eventually account POS and inventory levels).
    • Establish and utilize best methods (statistical models and software tools) in creating forecasts and respective inventory targets.
    • Coordinate promotions activities and projects
  • Participate in the monthly process to review capacity issues with the plants, and ensure projects related to supply improvement are achieved
    • Define inventory targets based on changes based on regional guidelines and demand planner input
    • When necessary, support Benelux/Nordics forecast and inventory planning meetings, reviewing recommended sales forecasts and inventory projections and goals (emphasis on brand transitions, new product introduction, and promotions).
    • Have detailed knowledge of manufacturing planning, master production scheduling, product definition, inventory control, capacity requirements planning
  • Develop best practice sharing within the regional planning community by
    • Proactively facilitating, re-engineering, best practices
    • Develop business reports into Business Intelligence tool
    • Monitor SKU levels and define SKU rationalization initiatives
    • Monitor excess and obsolete inventory
    • Anticipate important or critical events, identifying resource requirements and assigning responsibility for specific work, including deadlines and performance expectations.
    • Ensure that staff are aware they will be accountable for achieving the desired results through planned program evaluation and individual performance appraisal.
    • Consistently search for methods to develop an agile and committed departmental workforce.
    • Control and check errors, taking any corrective action so that deviations from standards are minimized and stated goals of the organization are achieved in a desired manner.

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy
  • You will have 5 to 7+ years experience in S&OP. Alternatively similar length of experience in forecasting or marketing analysis. Your familiarity and knowledge in advanced planning technology and decision support tools will be well recognized
  • Demonstrated use of analytical module to analyze demand and prepare forecasts, preferably in APO, and collaborative problem solving skills.
  • Good depth of customer and market knowledge / skills
  • This experience should have been gained in an FMCG environment
  • Multi country experience along In-Market experience is a differentiator
  • Leadership of both direct teams and matrix / cross functional leadership – managing / directing others.
  • Language Skills: Fluent English, French and Dutch
  • You may have worked in a plant planning team at one stage of your career and / or central planning
  • function
Functional / Technical Skills
  • ERP - Experienced
  • APO - Mastery
  • Reporting Tool - Experienced
  • Office Software ( Lotus, MS Office, ..) - Experienced
  • Project Management (internal & External stakeholders) - Experienced
  • External orientation - Foundation
  • Planning Process e.g. S&OP, Inventory etc. - Mastery
  • Manufacturing/Operational & Copacking Processes - Experienced
  • Market Understanding and CS skills - Foundation
  • International Trade & Tax process (Documentation, …) - Foundation
  • Business Financial skills - Foundation
  • Logistics & Distribution Processes - Experienced
  • Product Innovation - Experienced

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.