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Central Distribution Planner

We have joined Sainsbury’s in our journey to become a leading retail organisation and ensuring we place our customers at the heart of everything we do. Together we have a great opportunity to build a brilliant future and do a fantastic job for all our customers.

Distribution is the lifeblood of the company. Argos as a whole depends on ensuring that customers get the goods they want, when they want them. What the customers don’t see is the vast, sophisticated supply chain and logistics operation that makes it all possible.

The team

Our Distribution Planning team works closely with Store Operations, Central Supply and Distribution Centres to control the flow of volume into DCs and out to stores and back into DCs, ensuring right products are in the right place in the right time. They’re the team who makes sure all the stock is where it should be during our key events such as Black Friday, Christmas and January Sale.

The role

As a Central Distribution Planner, you’ll work cross-functionally with the distribution centers and wider areas of the business to deliver a seamless customer experience. The role gives a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to the decisions made on day to day operational plans and projects.

Your key focus will be to:

Plan and execute key events such as Black Friday, Christmas and Jan Sale keeping all key stakeholders fully informed through regular and effective communication
Manage and coordinate changes to the transport schedule with Group Transport Planning, Store Ops, Central Replenishment and the Distribution Centres for key events as well as ad hoc requests and BAU changes
Manage distribution service to new and closing stores acting as the key point of contact for distribution and keeping all relevant parties updated of plans and changes
Manage and coordinate the store to DC returns of stock for redistribution, supplier returns or clearance through normal routes
Support Central Distribution Planning team with any ad hoc requests and activities that support the distribution network and wider business
Interpret data from various sources to ensure accuracy and highlight anomalies to the appropriate people.
Look for improvements and new ways of working to make processes and plans more efficient and clear

So that’s what I will be responsible for now onto what I need to have to be successful in this role:

Demonstrable experience of delivering results in a central or operational role within distribution or supply chain
Understanding of distribution planning tools along with an appreciation of other business functions and their relationship with distribution.
Strong time management and ability to plan and prioritise
Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
PC Literate with experience using a range of Microsoft packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Working knowledge and understanding of warehouse operations.
Experience of working in a unionised environment is desirable
First class analytical skills and strong attention to detail
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and ability to influence at more senior levels.

Of course, there is loads more to the role but to find out more click apply and we will be in touch!

What you’ll get in return:

If being part of a highly successful delivery team wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive a host of great benefits. As well as a competitive salary and rewarding bonus scheme you will receive a huge range of learning and development opportunities, 22 days’ holiday, a save-as-you-earn scheme, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.


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