Central Packaging Planner DEMEA

About the vacancy

The Packaging Planning DEMEA team (PP-Team) is part of the Integrated Business Planning Team, which reports into the Supply Chain Manager DEMEA.

The PP-Team DEMEA is set up to

  • Cover both central and local responsibilities,
  • Manage and coordinate the technical/supply related packaging process within the DEMEA region in line with the DEMEA packaging strategy,
  • Ensure correct stock levels at Growers and Driscoll’s facilities across the region.

The Central Packaging Planner coordinates all activities related to timely supply and ensuring stock levels meet Driscoll’s standards. Works closely together with Central Procurement Planner and the regional planning teams. Is the liaison towards the external suppliers. The planner has a pivotal position with Key Stake holders in Finance, Marketing, Sales, Distribution and Quality Departments.


As a Packaging Planner you will create and execute forecast and stock management plans for our packaging material. To be successful in this role, you must align with various international departments and stakeholders, to make sure packaging forecast and stocks are balanced in the most efficient way. Your contacts are different internal departments and external suppliers.

In scope are all packaging materials which are all materials which are fruit-item related. Like punnets, clam-shells, trays, crates, foils for paper pack. Out of scope are the materials needed for transport like pallets, corner slats, wrapping foil.

Main responsibility will be the execution with current processes and tools for packaging forecast (supplier) and stock management to control our growing volumes in an efficient way.

Next, you are expected to participate in initiatives regarding the IBP roll out like Anaplan, Eye-on in order to incorporate, merge the current way of working with new proposed IBP processes, enhanced processes and tools. Hands on mentality for day to day business as well as longer term strategic planning are important skills to be successful.

Task & Responsibilities

  • Packaging stock and forecast management in alignment with different departments and packaging suppliers. Scope 0-3 wks, 4-13 wks, 14-26, wks, up to two years.
  • Key contact towards suppliers to ensure stock levels in the Driscoll’s Warehouses are in line with the (Safety) Stock Policies
  • Maintain weekly follow up calls with suppliers to discuss how much production is to be planned to
    • What need to be called off in 0-3 week horizon
    • cover fluctuations in Driscoll’s demand within 13 week horizon
    • anticipate on production plans to ensure forecasted supply is covered in horizon beyond the 13 weeks.
  • Support in supply related packaging projects: coordinate (new) packaging demand and start-up in cooperation with suppliers and operations.
  • Communication and alignment with internal departments on packaging forecast and demand: Sales, Marketing, Finance, Operations, Planning department.
  • Supplier collaboration: work on processes, information sharing and build relation/network with packaging suppliers.
  • Execute daily operational and administrative tasks; (in Microsoft Dynamics AX), create excel overviews, analysis, presentations within the packaging department.
  • Ensure a timely and correct feedback and reporting on findings and results and initiates suggestions for process improvements.


Candidate profile

As a Packaging Planner you combine strong communication skills with strong accuracy skills, with the ambition to grow on a professional level within our berry business. You are an ideal candidate for us if you have the following experience and skills:

Personal Experience/Qualifications/Skills:

– 2-4 years of experience in a comparable role.

* Bachelor / Master’s Degree (HAS, Logistics, Supply Chain).

  • Advanced level of English
  • Another European language (Spanish, French) would be a distinct advantage.
  • Experience in Food is an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft office, expert level in Excel.
  • Strong acumen in data crunching
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Result oriented and pro-active attitude.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Customer centric focus.
  • Service mindset.


  • Strong communications skills and able to communicate easily within different organizational levels
  • High proficiency of Excel and other Microsoft packages is a must
  • Knowledge of cloud applications like Anaplan and Eye-on
  • Knowledge of ERP tool DAX is an asset
  • Strong planning, decision making and accuracy skills
  • Able to work within a high pressure and changing environment
  • Analyzing skills.

Driscolls compentencies

  • Strategic Mindset                   
  • Cultivates innovation
  • Plans & Aligns
  • Drives results
  • Collaborates
  • Drives engagement
  • Develops talent
  • Courage

We offer

  • An attractive compensation package in line with your experience
  • Work within a dynamic and international team
  • Flexibility; working remote for a few days per week
  • The opportunity to contribute to the growth of our experienced and ambitious organization
  • Bonus structure based on company results
  • Family-owned business with strong Mission and Values
  • Our success as a company depends on a creating an enabling environment where our people are energized, motivated, and empowered to perform at their highest level
  • Be part of a winning team

About Driscoll’s

Driscoll’s is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll’s is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of passion, humility, and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll’s exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs.

From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners. Driscoll’s is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries ™

Find out more about our organisation at: www.driscolls.eu

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