Business Planning Director

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
January 7, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 05246

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Business Planning Director

Job Summary


  • Ensures the coordination & alignment of all functions included Top management in terms of delivery of mid and long term business targets and improved customer satisfaction. 

  • Manages the S&OP team while developing  across all the BA the culture of Business Planning for all time horizons (short, mid & long run) 

  • Scope: Business Area Performance Minerals EMEA representing 1.1 billion turnover, 80 plants, 25 countries, 4 markets


  • Leads the S&OP process (Demand review, Supply review, Reconciliation..), aligned with the Imerys Business ambitions.

  • Facilitates the monthly BA executive S&OP meetings (senior management decision making meeting),  is able to articulate the key decision making process, writes Executive S&OP meeting minutes, communicates key conclusions to stakeholders and ensure execution of follow-up of actions

  • Supervises the S&OP process in the Business Area (BA) with the support of a team of 4 S&OP managers and 1 S&OP Continuous Improvement manager. 

  • Develop and maintain an accurate demand forecasting process, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information from Markets and Finance, for multiple time horizons.

  • Defines and ensures with his/her team that key S&OP KPIs are maintained

  • Challenges Market segments on demand and get their sign off as a first step of the S&OP process

  • Build a valuable cross-functional knowledge of markets, industrial assets, and products to be able to provide an independent view on any business planning topic.

  • Develop the skills of the S&OP team (data management, analytics, meeting lead, communication...), and polyvalence. 

  • Promote effective collaboration within S&OP team, within other PM EMEA teams. Be sure that the other BAs needs are well integrated in the S&OP process

  • Continuously review the S&OP process to ensure it suits business needs and is up to date with best practices.

  • Key interfaces: strong partnership to be built with (i) Markets, (ii) Product management, (iii) Supply Chain, (iii) Operations; (iv) Purchasing; (v) Finance

Job Title & Position in the organization

  • Title: Business Planning Director

  • Reporting to: Business Area Business Planning & Supply Chain Vice President

  • Direct Reports: 5 including 4 Sales & Operations Planning Manager and 1 Inventory & Continuous Improvement Manager

  • Location: Paris preferred

Competencies & Experience

Key competencies

  • Good / practical understanding of S&OP best practices

  • Experience in S&OP process management

  • Advocate for data integrity & very good analytical skills

  • Problem solver and ability to propose solutions

  • Project management 

  • Strategic understanding and thinking

  • Very good interpersonal skills, Strong communication skills (English at least) and collaborative mindset

  • Managerial capabilities both in direct and cross functional management.

Ideal background/ experience

  • 15 years of experience in various Business Planning and Supply Chain organisation.

  • The ideal candidate has to have a wide view of the Supply Chain and Business Planning.

Typical profile

  • Supply Chain Director, Logistics Director, Sales Director, Customer Service Director

    Position Type

    Full time



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