Manufacturing Planning & Procurement Lead

Job Description

At Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) we are leading the global energy transition by developing a portfolio of renewable energy and green hydrogen projects.  Our large scale, low-cost hydropower, geothermal, solar and wind assets will support establishment of green energy and green product industries around the world.  FFI is committed to building thriving communities by delivering social, environmental and economic benefits.

Manufacturing Planning and Procurement Lead

Work Location: Gladstone, Queensland

FFI is transforming regional Australia through green industry manufacturing with a Global Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM) in Gladstone, Queensland.  Stage one of the six-stage project will establish Australia’s first multi-gigawatt-scale electrolyser factory – a world-class facility with an initial capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW) per annum – more than doubling current global production.

Reporting to the Manufacturing Manager Gladstone, you will manage the procurement and production planning process (demand and forecast planning for sales, operations, materials and maintenance activities) within our manufacturing facility. Provide visibility of material availability and supplier performance to meet operational demand. Work with the manufacturing team to provide operations planning visibility and equipment and plant availability / downtime.

Working with your direct reports:

  • Planning and procurement team will schedule production orders based on forecast volumes or sales orders, create purchase orders based on material demand and for MRO items. Ensure all purchase materials are according to required technical specification, price, delivery schedule and terms. Ensure all production orders and maintenance orders are scheduled, released and executed.
  • Materials teams will manage all day-to-day delivery of materials to production lines, load and unload material from delivery trucks and containers. Manage the warehouse process and execute all tasks in SAP.

Ensuring that all related activities are performed in accordance with company policy, contractual agreements, quality standards, health, safety & environment requirements, financial targets, as well as schedule commitments.

Key accountabilities will include:

  • Load demand side forecast and material plans for operational and supply visibility
  • Develop Master plan for operations and utilize SAP production planning system to plan and execute production orders
  • Ensure the schedule, production orders and plans are updated and continually monitored for deviation to plan
  • Assist with preparing operations budgets and forecast, inventory management
  • Ensure maintenance planning (PMs and breakdowns) are executed and monitored
  • Manage warehouse teams to ensure the production deliveries and inbound / outbound deliveries are executed as per requirement
  • Manage outbound logistics process working directly with customer or third party logistics companies
  • Ensure timely purchase order placement to secure materials for operations
  • Ensure the material and vendor data and records are current and accurate
  • Ensure supplier backorders are monitored and confirms delivery with suppliers, monitors and tracks supplier performance to purchase order requirements
  • Maintain demand forecast and provide operations team visibility on resource, capacity and capability
  • Communicate internally and externally on order fulfilment and availability
  • Working with order entry team, ensure the sales order and forecast align and accurate
  • Oversees supplier performance (on time delivery, quality, lead time), and resolves performance issues
  • Working with the contracts and sourcing teams, help negotiating agreements with main suppliers, and periodically renews pricelists, terms and conditions
  • Adapts corporate contractual framework to the local business needs. Recommends frame agreements to management and executes upon approval
  • Coordinate activities of the Procurement team in day-to-day operations
  • Providing training and coaching to create a team that is sustainably staffed, developed and directed to support the activities within the business
  • Provides local leadership for the development of best practices in planning systems and integrated functions in SAP
  • Leads / contributes to cross-functional initiatives using continuous improvement tools for optimizing customer on-time delivery, lead-time, inventory, material availability, resource utilization, and forecast accuracy

Qualifications and skills required:

  • Tertiary qualification in supply chain management, engineering, business, or related field and related experience in a manufacturing environment
  • 5+ years’ experience in planning and fulfilment roles within a manufacturing environment, ideally discrete manufacturing industry
  • Experience in implementing new process and framework, extensive experience in SAP material management, Source to Pay process
  • Ability to foster strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal awareness with ability to work well in a team
  • Proactive and self-motivated, with a drive for excellence
  • Results driven, responsible and accountable
  • Committed to Workplace health and safety
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, influence and build effective relationships at all levels
  • Strategic planning and project management skills with an understanding of budget administration
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Skilled in problem solving rapidly

Candidates must be able to bring a flexible mindset, challenge traditional thinking, and be prepared to work outside of their comfort zone

At Fortescue, we treat our team mates as though they are family. We appreciate everyone’s contribution and know that a diverse workforce creates a safer, more engaged and productive working environment.

Our aim is to have a workforce that reflects the community in which we live, and we encourage females, Aboriginal Australians, those identifying as LGBTIQ+, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this role.