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Sr. Manager, Planning CoE


West Palm Beach, FL, US

Req ID:  25283
Date:  Oct 7, 2021

ASR Group is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in Louisiana, New York, California, Maryland, Canada and Mexico. In the European Union, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in England, Portugal.  ASR Group also owns and operates mills in Mexico and Belize.  The company’s brand portfolio includes the leading brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle’s® and Sidul®.



The global planning function is responsible for supporting the demand and supply planning, and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) activities for more than 5 million tons of finished goods across the US, Canada, Mexico, Belize, UK and Portugal. The CoE drives to manage Supply Chain complexity more effectively and efficiently by implementing innovative improvements across supply chain functions, processes, and technology. The Planning COE functions as the chief architect, educator and, governor of the planning process. A successful Planning COE requires a strong understanding of the planning process and technology capabilities. This Planning COE works cross-functionally, bringing in best practices from industry peers and thought leaders to mature our planning process to achieve ASR objectives.





  • Responsible for all demand planning, supply planning and S&OP processes and supporting technologies across the company
  • Accountable for understanding how supply chain planning connects to procurement and finance, in both processes and technology.  Will be responsible for designing future connectivity
  • Architect of the 3 - 5 year vision for improving Planning maturity, including process and capabilities.
  • Identify industry best practices for developing long-term, meaningful 12 - 60 month plans. This includes forecasting and supply planning processes with ties into procurement and finance.
  • Perform deep analysis on 0-2 week plan volatility, identifying root causes for behavior and path to correcting processes to move to a frozen production schedule.
  • Design the most appropriate planning process for the organization to adapt to achieve business objectives.
  • Implement Planning process changes and work with S&OP coordinators/ leaders in the business to standardize where feasible
  • Lead the Planning practices across the organization and work with COE, Supply Chain, IT, procurement, operations, and finance.
  • Will work cross-functionally within the company, and globally across regions.
  • Process governance:
    • Form a companywide strategic roadmap to improve planning capabilities.
    • Deploy best practices in demand and supply planning and S&OP across geographies as appropriate.
    • Align strategic roadmap with key stakeholders across functions, hierarchy and different parts of the business.
    • Effectively support change management and adoption of new processes.
    • Hold teams accountable for planning outputs
  • Process design:
    • Critically assess the current planning and S&OP processes - maturity, governance, stability
    • Design the roadmap to improve planning capabilities that includes process, analytical framework, technology, and training
    • Align changes to the process as required by other changes (e.g., organizational changes in commercial or finance, company structure, M&A, etc.).
  • Measurement and continuous improvement:
    • Define key planning metrics and report on performance across geographies.
    • Track benefits and improvement across the business.
  • Channels continuous improvement ideas across the COE and selects suitable ones to turn into projects
  • Technology enablement:
    • Identify and research technology and analytics that support business goals and objectives.
    • Leverage leading technologies including but not limited to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to drive efficiencies and competitive advantage across planning
    • Manage the investigation and business case to implement technology/ analytics upgrades
    • Support the implementations of new technology related to planning



  • 10+ years in Supply Chain with specific experience planning and S&OP functions



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university


  • One direct report



  • Strong analytical skills
  • Accountable and flexible in approach
  • Effective communicator
  • Results-driven business-person
  • Strong financial acumen
  • Ability to clearly communicate and influence teams
  • Strategic thinker with long term vision
  • Deep Planning knowledge, tools and process
  • SAP IBP experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites
  • SAP knowledge desirable



  • Assignments will be based in West Palm Beach, FL


Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Nearest Major Market: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami