Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning Manager - Accsys Technologies PLC
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Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning Manager

Reports to: Director of Quality, Supply Chain & Customer Service as well as to Arnhem Site Director

Location: Based in the Netherlands or UK

Travel Requirements: Ability and desire to travel frequently within Europe and other locations as needed

Company Overview

Accsys Technologies PLC is a fast-growing business with a purpose: changing wood to change the world. We combine chemistry, technology and ingenuity to make high-performance wood products that are extremely durable and stable, opening new opportunities for the built environment. By doing so, we give the world a choice to build sustainably.

Accsys transforms fast-growing, certified sustainable wood into durable, stable, non-toxic wood products with characteristics that match or better those of man-made, intensely resource-depleting and heavily carbon-polluting alternative building materials.

The Accoya manufacturing operations are in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Accsys has expanded its capacity output in Arnhem with a 33% increase in capacity commissioned in September 2022. North America is currently the second-largest market for production from the Arnhem facility. Accsys commenced the construction of a large production facility in Tennessee through a joint venture with Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, TN. The Kingsport plant, now mid-way through construction will be in production in Q1 2024 and provide for further domestic growth.

Accsys is growing. There are presently approximately 250 employees working together to the company performance and group revenue of $120million for the last reported year to March 31st, 2022.


Main Job Purpose / Role Summary

As our manufacturing capacity and output grows and expands to multiple sites, process improvement in our Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP) is even more critical to our efficiency and customer satisfaction.

The optimal candidate will have the project management, subject matter expertise, IT systems knowledge, and teamwork skills to meet overall needs.


Key Responsibilities

Phase 1:

  • Evaluate, scope, define and implement ‘future proof’ SIOP processes
  • Identify suitable ‘best in class’ SIOP IT infrastructure for Accoya NL Arnhem
  • Work with the existing Supply Chain, Production, Sales, and other teams involved in SIOP related work to analyse existing process and interdependencies, including all related systems from sales forecast, to supply purchase planning, production planning, and through to customer
  • Work with IT to plan system changes to support these new processes – including additional tools as needed. This work will take into account existing SAP upgrade plans and the utilisation of existing tools and standards

Phase 2:

  • Work in a Project Manager role to implement changes initially at the Arnhem, NL site following Accsys Project Management standards.
  • Work with other Accsys manufacturing sites to implement changes in a consistent manner.
  • Help plan and manage SIOP systems implementation efforts for new Accsys sites.

Other Responsibilities:


  • Using lean supply chain processes and techniques, deploys optimised inventory strategies, ensuring that materials are available, at point of use, in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Actively contribute to the global Supply Chain organisation by working together on alignment between the locations on planning, processes, SAP, inventory optimisation, reporting etc.
  • Create and control KPI’s on stock related subjects for management information.
  • Monitors performance and develops reports on inventory performance, average working capital
  • Research business issues to define risks and
  • Develop dashboards to provide transparency and single source of truth across functional areas to ensure alignment and optimal results.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a robust demand forecasting model as well as review and calibrate on demand (order and forecast) together with sales team for the business on a regular basis.
  • Provide transparent production scheduling based on demand forecast as well as customer segmentation and analysis.
  • Manage SIOP activities that provide analysis which drive business decisions relative to improving service level, efficiency and customer service via streamlining processes and cost savings projects.
  • Establish seamless internal relationships with customer-facing functions (Sales, Procurement, and Marketing), Engineering, and Manufacturing to ensure transparency through value chain for optimal business results.
  • Work closely with purchasing teams on demand and inventory management execution.


Person Specifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, or Supply Chain Management or Logistics, technical discipline or equivalent focus
  • 5 years or more experience of SIOP in a fast-moving blue chip environment
  • Lean / 6 sigma acumen

Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience leading successful cross-functional supply chain projects
  • Proven ability in complex systems analysis
  • Deep background in SIOP theory and process alternatives
  • Discreet and continuous process manufacturing environment experience both highly desirable
  • Experience in SIOP related ERP systems e.g. SAP, Siemens Opcenter, Warehouse Management Systems, CRM Microsoft Dynamics, Qlikview and related analysis and reporting tools
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of financial systems and the key drivers within the manufacturing environment.

Competencies, Skills & Attributes

  • Sound commercial judgment and proven track record in similar roles
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrable drive, ambition, and vision
  • React positively to challenges, and cope with pressure of work
  • Engaging communication style
  • Organised, structured and results/execution focussed
  • Demonstrable leadership and people skills
  • Excellent project management skills with an ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work at multiple levels internally and externally
  • Ability to work cross culturally and effectively within diverse teams
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills


This job description must not be interpreted as a complete summary of job responsibilities or limitation of job holder accountability. This job description should be recognised as a general requirement of experience combined with attributes considered advantageous to the successful operation of activities.


How to apply:

Please send your CV by email with covering note, stating which role you are applying for, to [email protected]