Supply & Inventory Planner

Location Ross-on-Wye
Discipline: Operations - Supply Chain
Job type: Permanent
Job ref: 002702
Published: about 1 month ago

There is no other business quite like ours, we think this is a special place to work, even if we do say so ourselves! For example, our last survey found 97% of our employees feel we really care about their health & wellbeing & the same number think we have open & honest communication at all levels‿  


We have been making life taste better since 1908. At the heart of everything is our rich family heritage, an unrelenting ambition to keep innovating, & a true pride in who we are. It is our team of talented people that make us. We are actively looking for difference & we are working hard to make sure all our practices are inclusive.




We are looking for a Supply Chain Planner based in Ross on Wye looking after the Planning and Stock Control of Finished Goods and Raw Materials.  


Working closely with the Factory; Suppliers; the rest of the Supply Chain Team and the Procurement Team the role will be responsible for planning Raw Material orders; Finished Goods scheduling and Longer-Term planning.


Making sure we have enough materials for production; while managing stock levels in accordance with stock policies and ingredient shelf-life constraints; optimising the production schedule and ensuring we have the right cover of Finished Goods to service Customer Orders. 


The successful candidate will be involved in a varied range of supply chain related aspects, becoming part of a small but multi-skilled team.  



  • Creating short-term and long-term production plan based on demand requirements, ensuring inventory policy is adhered to and stock is available to meet Nichols’ customer needs.
  • Creating Sales and Operations planning inputs ensuring that demand changes are understood and communicated to suppliers, capacity impacts are understood and communicated within the Business.
  • Maintaining relationships with Supplier via regular interaction to ensure performance issues are reviewed, issues managed and escalated when and where required.
  • Raising purchase orders for inbound deliveries and communicate all transport requirements to the 3PL’s including tracking the 3PL performance.
  • Representing supply team/copackers/supply chain in different meetings across the business.
  • Owning NPI projects delivery - this will include tracking supply chain elements of product launches & delists, managing existing product run out as well as communicating impacts to the business before and after the event.
  • Creating inventory plan to demonstrate warehousing and transport requirements. Collate daily, weekly, periodical copacker performance data for supply chain KPI process.
  • Working with demand planning team to get information of customer demand and convert the information for management. Challenge unexpected changes with relevant demand planners and/or sales colleague and share production restrictions with the business.
  • Highlighting risks to service level SKUs within the business.
  • Carrying out Capacity Planning and modelling scenarios to establish opportunities and risks.
  • Analysing and maintaing a Supply Chain Stock Policy to ensure optimum balance between customer service and minimised cost.
  • Developing current ways of working and implement new processes across the Supply function.
  • Supporting and maintaining Master Data in relevant systems.
  • Continuously seeking better ways of working to improve internal and external relationships.
  • Creating documented instructions and processes.


  • Planning within a food manufacturing environment
  • Scheduling production lines to optimise efficiency whilst balancing against Inventory and shelf-life constraints
  • Material management, planning and ordering
  • Stock Control of Raw Materials and Finished Good’s within shelf-life constraints
  • Hitting deadlines
  • Working timely and accurately
  • Communicating and working with various internal Teams and Supplier


  • Very good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • A good level of experience and understanding of Microsoft applications, such as Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Time Management and punctuality.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • The ability to work as part of a small group, but also interact with a much wider team when necessary.
  • An analytical and progressive mindset, with the ability to identify and highlight improvement opportunities.



No matter where you work in our business you will be entitled to the following, and these are just some of the benefits of working @Vimto;

  • 25 days holiday (with opportunity to buy extra every year)
  • Private medical cover
  • Your birthday day off work
  • 1 day a year off work to volunteer in the community (you choose when and where)
  • A generous pension scheme
  • Annual Bonus
  • Save as you Earn Share Scheme

Join us and #findyourdifferent


While our people tell us Nichols plc is a great place to work, we know we can do more. We are committed to being an inclusive employer and are learning what this means every day.


We are striving to ensure we are building more diverse teams, we are at our best when we bring together our different life experiences, ways of thinking and individuality.


Any job offer is subject to an individual’s Right to Work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visas.