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MRP Specialist

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Planning Specialist - MRP


Customer Service & Logistics
Supply Chain



Supply planning process aims to identify,  prioritize and aggregate supply resources for an OpCo, based on demand plan and customer requirements.

Supply planning gives a reliable outlook on finished goods and material requirements (both packaging and raw materials) across planning horizons.


Planning specialist – MRP reports to Supply planning Manager – materials


Planning specialist - MRP must comply with the Planning standards and procedures and is responsible for the creation of the Supply Plan. Supply Planners should follow the process of Supply planning fundamentals in HEINEKEN: Master Data, Inventory Optimization, Material Requirement Planning, Planning Resolving Imbalances and Scheduling.

The scope of activities is defined as follows:

  • Short term (Operational horizon): MRP Planning, capacity and resource (Rolling 13 weeks)
  • Long term (Tactical horizon): MRP Planning, capacity and resource (Rolling 18 months)


Internal Stakeholders: Production, Demand Planning, NPI Coordinator, Sales, Marketing, Logistics (Warehousing and Distribution), Finance and Procurement

External Stakeholders: (Material) suppliers and 3rd Party Logistics Providers

Typical Structure:



Purpose of the job

Prepare, monitor and update supply plans (inventory, supply and procurement plans) by optimizing supply chain resources in order to guarantee the availability of finished products in line with the agreed service level and inventory strategies.


Budget responsibilities:

  • Budget: None
  • Impact:

Number of direct / indirect reports:

  • Direct: 0
  • Indirect: 0





Key activities


Supply and Production Planning

Generate feasible supply plans (including inventory), in line with business plan, budget, demand plan and main bottle necks in cooperation with relevant stakeholders.

Reliable supply plans with clear explanation on underlying assumptions.

Updating plans

Analyze and update (if required) the production and supply plans in the short time frame, balancing production and material constraints and required service levels, as a result of any changes to the plan, involving relevant stakeholders.

Critical short notice changes are reflected in supply plans.

Scenario Analysis

Generate and discuss alternative scenarios on the supply plan for the S&OP process, with clearly listed assumptions and risk assessment on volume and cost.

Insight in consequences, possibilities and bottlenecks in the supply planning.

Supply and Production planning process

Coordinate and monitor the supply planning processes, taking into account the interdependencies with demand planning, brewing, scheduling, material planning, supplier capacity and NPI activities.

Coordinate the Supply Review preparation and contribute to the Supply Review meeting by delivering timely and accurate information.

Prepare and contribute to Supplier Collaboration meeting.

Processes run smoothly and are well aligned with other processes in- and outside the company.

Supplier Managerment

Develop and maintain good relationships with suppliers and ensure demand for materials is met and deliveries made on time

Maintain the drum beat meeting with suppliers and take immediate actions to improve supplier performance

Supplier OTIF with optimized cost

Monitoring Planning Parameters

Identify gaps between actual and required performance, discuss and update planning parameters accordingly (OPI, stock levels, lot size).

Lead Master Data Creation and Mainternance of all Materials

Improved planning performance.

TPM and Continuous Improvement

Initiate, implement and embed improvements to production and supply planning processes and procedures and supports TPM initiatives.

Reduced losses (TPM)

Improved processes and procedures.

Management Information

Provide clear and accurate information on supply planning performance.

Management information provides insight in performance and enables stakeholders to make decisions and determine or adjust strategy.


Communicate the various plans and their impact to relevant stakeholders.

Stakeholders are timely informed to take appropriate action.



Knowledge and Experience



Description / Guideline


Bachelor’s or Higher Degree in Logistics, Finance, Business Administration


  • At least 3-5 years of experiences in similar roles, preferably in one or more of following areas: Supply Chain Planning, Scheduling (both Brewing and Packaging), Logistics (Warehousing and Distribution), Procurement
  • Strong experiences with project management and team member in supply chain planning projects
  • Valued Supply Planning tools experience (different from Excel)
  • Valued Supply Planning and Scheduling tools experience (Optimization tools e.g. JDA/Infor)
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Good analytical skills and attention to details
  • Ability to convince present facts and figures
  • Capability of using advanced planning tools
  • Good communication and influencing skills


Strong proficiency in both written and spoken English



Functional Competencies

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Job Segment: Logistics, Supply Chain, Supply Planner, Supply, Material Planner, Operations, Manufacturing

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