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Supply Planner (Talent pool- 12month contract)

Kaunas, Kaunas County - Prozkoumat lokalitu Rozvoj podnikání Plný úvazek

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Company description

At IKEA we believe in creating well-designed, functional home furnishing at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford them. But did you know that behind every BESTÅ or BILLY you see in the IKEA store, there is a story of innovation and sustainability? Teams working daily together to source, design, pack and distribute products that meet the needs of the many customers. At IKEA Supply, co-workers together with our partners source, develop and distribute sustainable and compliant products at the lowest possible price. Purchasing & Logistics Area North is one of totally seven Purchasing & Logistics Areas within IKEA. Our co-workers are based across our 3 sites in Älmhult, Dortmund,and Kaunas .

Job description

About the job
In IKEA Purchasing, we are organized in categories based on the material and function of the product. A Category is a group of articles sharing same materials, production techniques, and/or supplier base. Each category is led by a Category Manager and it consists of number of Business Development teams based around the world (being close to our suppliers) and global functional specialists (e.g., Engineering and Quality Leader). The assignment for the category is to lead Purchasing based on a common agenda created in one common business plan. To take full advantage of IKEA economies of scale and competence we develop and execute sourcing strategies and thus meet the supply markets/industries in categories.

About the assignment
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.

Besides normal job assignment, this opening will undertakes some different expectations as to compared to normal SP role in category.

  • You will initiate a more quicker start and engagement with business contribution
  • You will hold an employment with a sort of trainee set-up
  • You might work with two business teams in Category Wood at the same time


About you
We are looking for the people with knowledge of supplier capabilities, material, production flow, capacity planning. You have the ability to take the leadership to ensure supplier has goods ready in time and in full in order to fulfil customers’ need at 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. 

  • Planning and supplier management field experience;
  • Fluent oral English and good communicator;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • Proactive and solution oriented;
  • Ability to navigate with multiple stakeholders;
  • Well-organized in multiple task assigned within given time frame;
  • Quick learner and good flexibility to adapt to change.

More Information

Thanks for reading this far. We believe that your value is greater and more important than how much your CV can withstand. So if you like the idea of ​​working at IKEA, write and let's meet you. 

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 8th of December.

Please note that we don’t accept application through email.

If you have questions about the position, please contact hiring manager Linas Starkevicius at linas.starkevicius2@inter.ikea.com If you have questions about the recruitment process, please contact People & Culture Generalist Giedre Cesnulyte at giedre.cesnulyte@inter.ikea.com.