Diageo – Head Of Materials Planning (Nairobi).

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Head of Materials Planning – Africa

Flexible (London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Budapest, Ireland, Kenya)


From Arthur Guinness to Johnnie Walker, our business was founded on people of great character, and in 250 years, nothing’s changed. We’re the world’s leading premium alcohol company. Our brands are industry icons. And our success is thanks to the strength of our people, in every role. It’s why we trust them with our legacy. And it’s why we reward them with the career-defining opportunities that they deserve. Our ambition is to create the best performing, most trusted and respected Consumer Products Company in the world. To achieve these, we need the world’s very best people.

Feel inspired? Then this may be the opportunity for you.

About the role

The Head of Material Planning in the Africa PLAN is accountable for managing the overall supply for all components including raw materials, pack materials, spares in all African supply facilities. You will ensure material OTIF meets targets, material inventory is optimized, supports business growth of the region, advances digitization journey for PLAN. Reduces obsolescence costs for product and materials, makes production and/or inventory sourcing decisions that support Supply Planning, DRP, and local Manufacturing.

Responsible for the accurate and cost-effective management of returnable assets (bottles, kegs, crates, etc.) for their reverse logistics planning and reincorporation into production.

This role must be capable of performing root cause and trend analysis for critical case volume and inventory valuation data and lead scenario planning for short and medium term coupled with ability to drive decisions based on those insights

The role should strengthen and sustain effective communication between the Centre of Excellence and key stakeholders in the markets, including Supply Chain Directors, Production and Materials Scheduling, as well as with Suppliers and 3rd Parties.

This role is key to establish an effective working relationship between Scheduling and the  rest of the Centre of Excellence functions (Supply Planning, Materials Planning, S&OP, Planning Excellence), as well as the production/packaging sites in each of the countries, as well as the Africa SOURCE Centre of Excellence to achieve optimized production and inventory plans that fulfil the markets’ demands and support gross margin ambitions

About you

You will have hands-on and leadership experience working within progressive positions in Planning with greater focus on material planning with relevant experience across CPG, F&B industry.

You’ll demonstrate strong personal drive and ability to foster effective working relationships with stakeholders, peers, leaders and bringing leadership and influencing skills to fore.

Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageo’s purpose of “celebrating life every day everywhere”. This purpose is, in itself, inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, disability, religion, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity.

We know that for our business to thrive and for Diageo to realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.

Flexibility is key to success in our business and many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time, compressed hours, flexible location. Please talk to us about what flexibility means to you and don’t let anything stop you from applying.

Character Is Everything


Closing date: 18/05/2021





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