MRP Planner – Packaging at RCL Foods

Talent Team is looking for someone who is brilliant at the basics to fill the role of Material Requirements Planner – Packaging to join our RCL FOODS Grocery Division.
The role will report to the Procurement Manager.RCL FOODS is looking for an individual who is proactive with high attention to detail.
RCL FOODS entrusts the responsible person to develop and manage the MRP (Material Requirements Planning) plan for packaging materials required to meet the forward production plan & sales forecast for 9 manufacturing plants. To ensure adequate stockholding to meet the forward production plan & sales forecast for 9 manufacturing plants.

Minimum Requirements
Relevant 3-year degree or Supply Chain Diploma (e.g. MCIPS) advantage.
3 – 5 years packaging ordering and/or coordination experience, preferably within a FMCG environment, but will also consider candidates with strong operations processing experience and/or who have worked closely with the supply planning team in other roles.
Knowledge of ERP systems such as SAP or Syspro, Flowcentric, Barton skills are prerequisite.
Advanced computer skills such as MS Office (Excel, Word, Power Point).
Strong Interpersonal Relationship management.
Must have Production Planning Skills with strong knowledge of supply chain.
Must have MRP planning processes and key master data.

MRP Skills with strong knowledge of supply chain.
An appreciation of Demand Planning principles
Syspro skills and knowledge of supply chain planning tools.
MRP system knowledge will be advantageous.
Planning and logistics execution processes.
Supply chain principles and practices.
BOM explosion processes.
Order lead times.
Supplier production processes.
In-house supply chain processes.

Duties & Responsibilities
Material Requirements Planning (Packaging):
Manage the MRP plan to ensure that the production plan can be met timeously by having sufficient quantities of packaging on site in advance to meet the processing schedule
Expedite and/or postpone Purchase Orders where shortages or oversupply becomes evident.
Re-plan requirements weekly and make adjustments as ad hoc changes get made to the processing schedule.
Ensure that stock holding levels are maintained appropriately to ensure working capital targets are met.
Use appropriate tools to determine safety stock levels.
Provide suppliers with a 12 week forward view of anticipated requirements to be used to secure time on the supplier’s production facility as well as enable them time to procure their input materials.
Sourcing team to be provided with anticipated annual volumes to be used for contract negotiations.
Work with the sourcing team and site teams to ensure inbound service, driving on time, in full, correct quality requirements. Ensure appropriate.
safety stock levels are maintained by all suppliers (both on site and at supplier premises).
Liaise closely with the site planning teams to ensure that their requirements are appropriately met.
Packaging Material Stock Management:
Manage planned stock levels of materials, both on site and at supplier, in line with agreed target levels / days cover requirements.
Work closely with sourcing team to manage supplier relationships.
Identify possible stock inaccuracies internally and at suppliers, and work with site teams (stores and MRP coordinator) and supplier to correct and maintain stock accuracy levels.
In conjunction with stores, ensure obsolete and quality compromised stocks are written off promptly.
Responsible for communicating overstocks or shortages to the business and making recommendations to resolve situations.
Innovation / Discontinuation Project Coordination:
Work closely with Supply Planning, Marketing and R&D teams to ensure packaging requirements for new product launches are received in order to meet launch deadlines.
Challenge the business when MOQ requirements with suppliers far exceed the production requirement. If possible, this needs to be re-negotiated with suppliers or through sourcing team. If this is not possible, the potential write-off costs due to shelf life expiry must be built into the product costs.
Calculate estimated bleed outs of packaging at the beginning of a project and where applicable provide timeous provisions for write-offs to the project team.
Work closely with supply planners and site team to ensure innovation is successfully delivered within the timelines.
Actively manage down stock being discontinued, including working with production planners and distribution to exit a sku. Write-offs to be kept to a minimum or entirely avoided if possible.
Manage master data for MRP appropriately to ensure the best possible change over from old to new materials.
Advise the Master Data and MACS teams of when to switch the system to the new BOM as MRP planner is responsible for this decision based on stock holding of the old materials at each site.
Supplier and Stock Holding Management:
Monthly, provide suppliers with a 6 month forecast requirements based on end item requirements as per the forward production plan.
Establish and maintain lead time & safety stocks requirements for individual packaging requirements.
Monitor stock at supplier numbers closely in relation to call-off to ensure stock holding numbers are accurate at all time.
Establish stock holding/safety stock for new suppliers based on their lead time requirements.
Identify opportunities to reduce stock holding either on site or at suppliers based on improved order management and reliability of demand/supply.
Sales and Operations Planning:
Provide input into the Supply Planning Meetings and Supply Chain Review on where the risks are for shortages, excess stocks and potential write-offs are for Packaging.
Make recommendations on how these changes be avoided and/or costs prevented.