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Fleet Forecasting and Materials Planning Manager

Location: Doncaster, POST-SYK, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0008474
Date Posted: Aug 13, 2022
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Are you looking for opportunities to work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the around the globe? Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

In this exciting role you will be responsible for forecasting to maintain stock holdings, availability and management of owner owned spares. Managing a small team to ensure that planning and engineering changes are done efficiently to ensure materials are always available for operational work.

Long term planning & management of significant & complex engineering challenges (overhaul work, project work, retro-fitting requirements etc.)  Ownership of budget and relationship with finance to manage the full stocking profile.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Main Duties

Stock Availability Management

  • Monitoring of exceptions in materials planning system to ensure that required actions are taken in a timely manner
  • Approval of any significant amendments to order profile, in line with forecasted demand
  • Managing the impact of additional trains in service on supply chain to ensure service is still delivered effectively through accurate planning
  • Working with Procurement and suppliers to ensure that suppliers are able and willing to meet required demand
  • Liaising with project and engineering teams to ensure SKU adjustments in line with engineering changes, new projects, or customer variations
  • Provide regular and accurate reporting to service delivery management, accounting for previous issues, identifying future risks and suggesting mitigating activity
  • Management & monitoring of all aspects of the Engineering Change
  • Management & visibility of use of owner owned stock
  • Advance identification of any significant supply chain risks (for example retrofitting requirements, overhaul, or customer change requests)
  • Working with operational teams and the supply chain to develop workable strategies for these activities over and above the day to day requirements
  • Feed supply chain requirements into materials planning system and ensure required stock is available when required.

Team Leadership

  • Ensure that the management and supervision of all personnel within the planning function is professional and effective identifying training and development opportunities to increase skills and improve efficiency
  • Build strong relationship with other key departments and adopt a collaborative approach
  • To be aware of and actively promote and implement Hitachi’s ethos, culture and values.
  • To be involved in Hitachi Rail Europe’s staff development and training and participate in PDP procedures

About you

Essential Requirements

  • Proven record of supply chain management – ideally is a critical spares environment, delivering high levels of stock accuracy and comprehensive stock management
  • Experience of managing a small team
  • Experience of SAP & demand planning systems
  • High competency level in use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, as a minimum)
  • Full Driving License required.
  • Ability to influence and measure the supply base to defined SLA’s and KPI’s
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Experience in working with complex, global supply chains
  • A natural problem solver – highly analytical with developed decision making skills
  • Experience of and commitment to the effective implementation of equal opportunities and CSR policies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • An understanding of health and safety requirements of a working environment
  • Exposure to working in accordance with Lean & continuous improvement principles


  • Minimum Degree qualified

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience within a Manufacturing / Engineering environment
  • Experience of implementing a Demand Planning and forecasting cycle into an organisation
  • Experience of working within a critical spares environment

Why Hitachi Rail?

At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.

We offer a competitive salary and annual leave entitlement as well as a generous benefits package. This includes a pension scheme with contributions up to 9%, health insurance, and many more perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!

Closing date for applications is 16th August 2022.


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