Demand Planner

Demand Planner - Pizza Holbeach


  • Competitive salary
  • Monday – Friday, 8.30 - 17:00
  • Highly competitive reward package including Group Pension
  • Excellent career progression prospects across the Bakkavor group

A fantastic opportunity for a Demand Planner has arisen at our manufacturing site based in Holbeach St Marks, Lincolnshire. The site specialises in making chilled pizzas and is 11 miles from Spalding, 13.5 miles from Boston, 18 miles from Wisbech, 23 miles from King's Lynn and 29 miles from Peterborough.

The ideal candidate will come from a food manufacturing or FMCG planning background, be competent in excel, with strong attention to detail and problem solving skills.


Duties will include:


  • Responsible for demand forecasts including a weekly review of base and promotional demand also in conjunction with commercial advice and latest customer insight for mid to long term forecasting. 
  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships within customer supply chains and continually review ways of working to target short and long-term opportunities. 
  • Proactively look for opportunities to improve supply chain processes and support internal teams with relevant project analysis. 
  • Lead external customer supply chain communication focusing on demand, service and improving ways of working. 
  • Provide the Materials/Packaging team with long term views. 
  • Labour Planning – Monitor/maintain the long term labour model, highlighting any issues to the site team. 
  • Build and maintain internal commercial, finance and departmental relationships, whilst challenging data and searching for cross departmental opportunities.
  • Utilise appropriate agreed KPIs as a basis for the development of Performance Improvement Plans within the Planning Operation. Plan, organise, and measure resources to ensure that targets are met. 
  • Define and manage goals, performance, and accountability measures to ensure the forecasting team are meeting timelines and working efficiently to provide high levels of service to internal and external counterparts. 
  • Proactively look at ways to improve customer service, short and long-term forecasting, system development and further opportunities.   


To be considered for the role you must possess the following:


  • Have previous experience of working in a planning department
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems


About us 
We're the biggest name you've never heard of. You've probably eaten our food you just didn't realise it. Because as global leaders in the fresh prepared food industry with over 19,000 employees, we create innovative products, including meals, soups, dips, salads, desserts, pizzas and bread for customers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose in the UK. Our customers include Harris Teeter and Home Chef in the US, and in China, we make food for Starbucks, Yum! and Pret. We're ambitious. We're full of ideas. And we're ready for more people who share our passion for quality to join us.





Bakkavor is the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. We are number one in the UK in the four product categories of meals, salads, desserts and pizza & bread, providing high-quality, fresh, healthy and convenient food. Our customers include every major UK grocery retailer, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Waitrose, and some of the world’s best-known food brands. We have over 19,000 employees, our headquarters are in London and we have 23 factories in the UK, 5 in the US and 9 in China.


Category:  Planning

Holbeach, GB

Date:  16-Nov-2022