Manager, Master Planning Specialties

Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands

Posted: 16-Jan-2018

Ref#: 4073

As the ‘home of unique offerings’ within SABIC, the Strategic Business Unit of Specialties is set to work on the hard, difficult endeavors in technology for they can bring a fundamental progress to the way we travel, communicate, work and live. This SBU provides unique high heat resins, functional compounds and additives, specialty fluids, nanotechnology and thermoplastics composites to markets such as Additive Manufacturing, Consumer & Industrial, Electrical & Electronics, Healthcare, Mass Transportation, Automotive and Water Management

The manager master planning, leads the team of master planners within the department Supply and Materials Planning. This department is part of Supply Chain Management for Specialties Europe. The team is responsible for the coordination of fulfilling our customer orders. It includes balancing the order load over the different manufacturing facilities, defining the optimal inventory strategy for all product lines, reducing manufacturing costs and optimizing the delivery service to our customers as part of the SCM responsibilities. The Fulfillment Leader will report to the Supply and Materials Planning manager. He/she will interact with Product Marketing, Manufacturing, Sales, Sourcing, Logistics and Customer Service to optimize costs, inventory and service.


  • The manager master planning leads a team of about seven master planners. The responsibilities of the team include:
  • Keeps the crucial overview for Supply Chain, combining several interests: 
  • Combines input from a demand planning overview and orders already placed to determine what products have to be made. Determines what products will be produced.
  • Determines where these products can best be produced - spreads the demand in a cost effective way over the plants in a way that will serve our customers best and at the lowest conversion costs.
  • Determines based on the system what amount of materials has to be ordered for what location.
  • Determines the level of inventory needed - minimizes variations in inventories.
  • Has an overview of approximately 1 quarter. 
  • Manages risks by managing in an optimal way the variation in demands by various customers. 
  • Informs several parties involved: demand planning, customer service, scheduling etc
  • Works very closely with multiple stakeholders outside Supply Chain, like Manufacturing, Product Management & Sourcing.

  • Excellent leadership skills in order to lead a large number of direct reports in an energetic and inspiring way and bring the organization to the next level. 
  • Strong influencing skills, with the ability to operate effectively within a matrix environment gaining commitment at all organizational levels. Ability to influence people without the need of a direct reporting line. 
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and able to think on a tactical level. Able to distinguish in priorities.
  • Work independently in a rapid changing environment, taking responsibility for delivery of business expectations.
  • Strong communication skills and capable to communicate at different levels (from shop floor up to business leaders).
  • Fluency in English.
  • Master level degree in Business, Logistics, Engineering or comparable.
  • Experience and systems knowledge/affinity are highly valued.

At SABIC, we create the conditions for our talent to flourish: fulfilling work environments, state-of-the-art technology and the empowerment you need. As a SABIC employee, you will benefit from career opportunities that are accompanied by an attractive package and benefits. You will have access to comprehensive training and development programs which are among the best in the Petrochemical industry. Furthermore you will be offered opportunities in a diversity of disciplines and locations worldwide.

Important notice: please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment is be part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request dependant of local regulations. 
Responses from employment agencies will not be considered

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