Buco Planner

The purpose of the job is to translate the sales and profit budget for the category into the most appropriate apportioning into the relevant components (i.e. stock, margin, provisions) and then to accurately forecast, monitor and analyse performance against budgets and make recommendations in order for the category to achieve its sales and profitability targets.

Key Performance Areas

Business Needs Analysis

  • To monitor, analyse, interpret, and mine all sources of relevant data to develop a comprehensive understanding of the business needs around the category and identify ideal profiles for stores, suppliers, and ranges

Generating Solutions

  • To identify opportunities/issues in order to and generate effective solutions to achieve budgeted sales, stock, and margins aimed at optimising the financial results of the category

Supply Chain Management

  • To manage the end to end supply chain process regarding category - from forecasting of sales, profit, and stock to management of margins, sales, stock, ranges, suppliers

Supplier Performance

  • To participate in supplier performance reviews and influence appropriate action to ensure that set supplier KPIs are achieved

Team Influencing

  • To play a leading role in managing and implementing initiatives at functional level and ensuring effective performance within the support team

Network Influencing

  • To build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders and connect people to enable delivery of the strategy

Company Values

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Resourcefulness
  • Energy

Competencies required:

Deciding and Initiating Action

  • Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people
  • Takes initiative and works under own direction
  • Initiates and generates activity and introduces changes into work processes
  • Makes quick, clear decisions which may include tough choices or considered risks

Relating and networking

  • Easily establishes good relationships with customers and staff
  • Relates well to people at all levels
  • Builds wide and effective networks of contacts
  • Uses humour appropriately to bring warmth to relationships with others

Persuading and Influencing

  • Gains clear agreement and commitment from others by persuading, convincing and negotiating
  • Makes effective use of political processes to influence and persuade others
  • Promotes ideas on behalf of oneself or others
  • Makes a strong personal impact on others
  • Takes care to manage one’s impression on others

Applying Expertise and Technology

  • Applies specialist and detailed technical expertise
  • Uses technology to achieve work objectives
  • Develops job knowledge and expertise (theoretical and practical) through continual professional development
  • Demonstrates an understanding of different organisational departments and functions


  • Analyses numerical data and all other sources of information, to break them into component parts, patterns and relationships
  • Probes for further information or greater understanding of a problem
  • Makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how one issue may be a part of a much larger system

Creating and Innovating

  • Produces new ideas, approaches, or insights
  • Creates innovative products or designs
  • Produces a range of solutions to problems

Planning and Organising

  • Sets clearly defined objectives
  • Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances
  • Identifies and organises resources needed to accomplish tasks
  • Manages time effectively
  • Monitors performance against deadlines and milestones

Adapting and Responding to Change

  • Adapts to changing circumstances
  • Tolerates ambiguity
  • Accepts new ideas and change initiatives
  • Adapts interpersonal style to suit different people or situations
  • Shows an interest in new experiences.

Coping with Pressures and Setbacks

  • Maintains a positive outlook at work
  • Works productively in a pressurised environment
  • Keeps emotions under control during difficult situations
  • Handles criticism well and learns from it
  • Balances the demands of a work life and a personal life.

Achieving Personal Work Goals and Objectives

  • Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm
  • Works hard and puts in longer hours when it is necessary
  • Seeks progression to roles of increased responsibility and influence
  • Identifies own development needs and makes use of developmental or training opportunities

Entrepreneurial and Commercial Thinking

  • Keeps up to date with competitor information and market trends
  • Identifies business opportunities for the organisation
  • Maintains awareness of developments in the organisational structure and politics
  • Demonstrates financial awareness
  • Controls costs and thinks in terms of profit, loss and added value

Job Requirements


  • Minimum of 3-5 years' relevant experience of planning within a high complexity/large category environment (essential)
  • Experience gained in the FMCG industry (desirable)
  • Experience in a people influencing/leadership (desirable)

Knowledge and Skills

  • Interpersonal skills (persuasion, conflict handling)
  • Networking skills
  • Communications skills (verbal, written)
  • Leadership skills (desirable)
  • Financial analysis and management skills (essential)
  • Budgeting skills (essential)
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Advanced computer skills (MS Suite: Email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

closing date: 21 September 2021
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