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Business Planner

Business Planner

Locations: DeBrug Rotterdam / Brussels office

Travel required: Infrequent presence in other location is required (0-5%)

Full time

Local conditions apply

Unilever Benelux has several Business Planner roles in the Supply Chain team, working for specific Category portfolios.


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.


Play a key role in:

  • Top Down Long term planning (5-18 months),

  • Capacity planning based on demand uncertainty / scenario planning

  • Demand Supply reconciliation (1-18 month),

  • Innovation planning for product switches and innovations,

  • Business Tradeoffs between Growth Opportunities, Working Capital and Operational Costs.

Works closely together with the Forecasting Excellence team on Forecasting and continuous improvement, with sales on demand uncertainties, Procurement & Innovation coordinators on Innovation planning, and upstream Supply Chain on short and long term delivery.


Supply Chain:

  • Dispatch Rate and Obsoletes – using available data and analytics to generate business insights and action plans for different scenarios.

  • Managing appropriate stock levels, driven by forecast uncertainty insight (event mgt, season mgt, Assumptions risk and opportunity planning).

  • Part of the project team for implementation of next generation planning systems.


  • Drives the service performance to the agreed service targets

  • Collaborates with forecast excellence team & CCBT (cross category business team) to define the constrained plan and risk mitigation plans

  • Collaborates with European category teams to identify supply constraints and opportunities

  • Drives the demand and supply reconciliation long term (through capacity planning) and mid-term (4wks+)

  • Prepares handover of mid-term plan to the Customer Support Squad for execution (1-4 wks) e.g. list of key events, risks and opportunities and risk mitigation

Innovations / switches:

  • Translate the innovation forecast for the full horizon (5-18 months) into our planning systems. This in cooperation with CCBT team (volume and risk & opportunities)

  • Collaborate with Procurement & Innovation on innovation and launch planning for the go to market

  • Check feasibility of timings and production capacity of innovations and switches.

  • Translate phasing in and out plan in planning system in cooperation with Category, Forecasting Excellence, and Customer teams.

Business Partner

  • Identifies the key trade-offs in running operation, events, and product launches and proposes options to the planning manager and the CCBT lead (trade off cost/ cash/ service)

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with Sales, Trade Category Management, Brand Building, and Finance business partners for forecast optimization purposes and perfect execution of product launches.

  • Understanding of the drivers of the business in order to communicate and share the SC information in the properly and effectively

Business Waste

  • Provide transparency about potential risks and obsoletes regarding innovations, delisting’s and relaunches.

  • Focus on prevention and solving of obsoletes through proactive risk mitigation (including approval of the business)

  • Represent Supply Chain with respect to obsolete related topics.


  • Education with relevant Master Degree (e.g. SC management, technical)

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant (FMCG) experience

  • Strong analytical capabilities, ability to work with big portfolio’s, building on modelling skills, and profound system thinking,

  • Operational experience in and knowledge of the Supply Chain

  • Digital mindset & technology savvy (beyond SAP and Excel, i.e. AI/ML)

  • Capability to resolve Strategic and Tactical planning challenges as well as day to day problems

  • Interpersonal skills: convincing, engaging, deal making, influencing skills

  • Effective communication skills for WL1-WL4

  • Language skills: NL/BE: fluency in Dutch and/or French and proficient of English;

  • Other relevant experience such as factory, marketing or sales


  • Practical creativity: can-do mindset

  • Analytical ability

  • Entrepreneurial behavior

  • Influencing others

  • Ability to learn


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.

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.

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