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Supply Planner (Layer-glued team)

Kaunas, Kaunas County - Prozkoumat lokalitu Rozvoj podnikání Plný úvazek

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Company description

Welcome to Category Area Wood, the home of five wood related categories. With about 300 co-workers and 200 suppliers across the world, we create a strong wood supply chain for more sustainable and affordable IKEA products for the many.

Wood is an essential material and important part of the IKEA heritage. We can proudly say that around 60% of our sales in IKEA are connected to wood-based products. In Category Area Wood, we procure and source wood-based articles that our many customers enjoy amongst which are iconic IKEA families such as BILLY, PAX, IVAR, KALLAX, POÄNG and our kitchen ranges. Our culture is entrepreneurial and based on trust. We have the space to lead, explore and learn from mistakes. Are you ready to be part of a journey towards affordable sustainability for our customers?

You will be based in Purchasing & Logistics Area North where we are working with suppliers in northern Europe and have offices in Älmhult, Kaunas, and Dortmund. The position will be placed in Kaunas!

Job description

As a Supply Planner you will be responsible for a variety of responsibilities as below:

  • Secure operational capacities by ensuring high quality of capacity data from suppliers and by working continuously towards exceptions together with Need Planner and Supplier in a proactive manner.
  • Contribute to tactical capacity planning based on supplier performance on agreed capacity
  • Update and secure correct business set-up information in all relevant systems. Furthermore work with systems and reports, to proactively detect and act on possible deviations from goal.
  • Prepare suppliers for best replenishment and delivery solutions by continuously maintaining & developing supplier delivery performance and sender lead-times.
  • Contribute to identifying best logistical offer, furthermore implement, maintain and review by having customer and total cost in mind.
  • Actively contribute in the planning and execution of the best set-up for range changes at supplier, constraints periods and activities.
  • Continuously follow-up, analyze and take action to improve supplier delivery performance and ensure goods are shipped in time from suppliers. 
  • Secure correct availability information from supplier to IKEA Retail in such quality that it can be for the benefit of customers.
  • Develop and maintain suppliers’ logistic competence towards becoming responsible on their own performance through: working closely with suppliers, running Supplier Development Projects and providing them relevant trainings & working methods.
  • Contribute to supplier development by taking a lead from logistic perspective and engage relevant competence in IKEA and at Supplier to assess supplier logistics capability and running supplier development projects.


We are looking for people with knowledge of supplier capabilities, material, production flow, capacity planning. You have the ability to take the lead to ensure supplier has goods ready in time and in full in order to fulfil customers’ need at the lowest possible landed cost. You are able to translate the Category Plan into logistics solutions and always keep Total IKEA and Total Cost Development in mind. 

  • Experience in logistics, supply chain area.
  • Good understand of supply chain flow
  • Well-organized in multiple tasks assigned within the given time frame
  • Project coordinating ability with structural thinking, and analytic skill
  • Proactive and solution-oriented, ability to navigate with multiple stakeholders
  • Quick learner and good flexibility to adapt to change
  • Fluent in English and a both writing and speaking
  • Knowing IKEA business will be a plus

More Information

This position will be based in Kaunas, Lithuania. The selection process will take place continuously, so please send in your application in English as soon as possible but latest 26th of September 2022. Please note that we don’t accept application through email.

If you have questions about the position, please contact hiring manager Nadezhda (Nadia) Pankova at nadezhda.pankova2@inter.ikea.com. If you have questions about the recruitment process, please contact People & Culture Generalist Giedre Cesnulyte at giedre.cesnulyte@inter.ikea.com.