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Category Planning Manager Beauty & Personal Care Europe


Location: Weena, Rotterdam


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Unilever is one of the world`s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) businesses, with interest across Personal Care, Homecare, Refreshment and Foods product categories. We make products that people love – and that make a difference. Nutritious foods. Household care essentials. Indulgent ice creams. Refreshing teas. Luxurious shampoos. Affordable, disease-combating soaps... and many more. In fact, we make around 400 much-loved brands including global brands such as Knorr & Dove, but also local brand such as CalvĂ© (the Netherlands) and Suave (the Americas). Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries. That means you’ll find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. And we want every one of those products to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who buy them.

We want our business to flourish, and we know that our success depends on others flourishing around us. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, and why sustainable, long-term growth is at the heart of our business model.


The Category Planning Manager has to build the planning capability of the BPC network to deliver service/inventory/cost/obsoletes across Europe. This will be done by developing and leading an E2E team across the different planning units (MSO, SU, Procurement). The Category Planning Manager should work together with Sus, number of 3PMs, EU export markets including Unilever International and 17 MSOs to ensure close collaboration and perfect execution.

  • The Category Planning Manager will be responsible - with the team and direct reports - for development and execution of the category planning framework for the network delivering;

  • Inventory, Customer Service, Responsiveness, Event management, Operational customer connects for SU/MSO, Obsoletes, Deployment of volumes in network and overall capacity planning End to End.

  • The Category Planning Manager is directly involved in the development of the planning framework.

  • Category Planning Manager then applies the framework with his SUs and MSO in a consistent way to drive skill development and consistent perfect execution.

  • Category Planning Manager will be responsible to lead 1-2 workstreams for BPC (eg, inventory workstream, RCCP+ implementation, obsoletes workstream, C4G & innovation workstream)


  • Accountable for category Plan KPIs (service/inventory/cost/obsolete).

  • Accountable for monthly RCCPs and quarterly LT RCCPs, preparing for key decisions particularly around risk identification and mitigation like stock builds, overflows etc.

  • Accountable for Tactical mid-term customer (MSO/SU) connects and ensuring that the network delivers ongoing high-quality communication to all areas of the business.

  • Development of mid-long-term utilization scenario planning / Network planning.

  • Accountable for development and deployment of planning programs to drive service, inventory, responsiveness, cost, obsoletes.

  • Transformation planning.

  • Accountable for contingencies.

  • Allocations for Business Plan & Operational overflows (Service and cost optimized).

  • Network crisis management.

  • Co-accountable for innovation implementation (close collaboration with P&I’s, and SU teams).

  • Feed into innovation capacity decisions (Scenario planning).

  • Monthly network top loss review (All KPIs) to drive network improvements &
    weekly top future risk analysis.

  • Contribute to developing the planning community skills and competencies


  • University degree.

  • Supply chain (APICS or similar) qualification preferred.

  • Strong planning skills, or a strong attitude to planning (foresight, accuracy, attention for detail).

  • Basic financial skills

Preferred: Project management, Planning experience.

Experience Required: 2+ Years in End to End Supply Chain operations. With experience in at least 2 areas from MSO/SU/Procurement/Logistics.


  • Strong Communication skills.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Strong in Strategic influencing.

  • Well-developed ability to build a team/network, train and empower them and hold accountable.


Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world.We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

  • Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme

  • Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever

  • Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained

  • We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy

  • At the moment, we work from home. We will ensure you are well equipped for this. Once back to work, you can enjoy our tasty canteen with food prepped with own products

  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products


Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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