Operations Planner

  • Focusrite
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • Jan 24, 2023
Full time

Job Description

Operations Planner

Based: High Wycombe / Hybrid
Term: Permanent, Full time
Salary: £25000 - £30000 pa + excellent benefits

The Role:

Support the Operations team with the day to day running of the department, with a particular focus on ensuring orders, stock and forecasts are accurate and up to date to support the work of the Purchasing and Sourcing functions.

Essential Functions and Major Responsibilities:

  • Purchase order placement and management: responsible for creating, sending, and updating Purchase Orders to CMs to ensure Demand Forecast is up to date.
  • SKU creation and ongoing data maintenance in Netsuite in line with all phases of the product lifecycle, from conception through to EOL.
  • Ops representative as part of FPS projects:
      • Responsible for FPS the planning and completion of Operations FPS deliverables.
      • Work with Programme Team to ensure Ops FPS deliverables are representative and stay up to date.
  • Ownership of consignment stock data in Netsuite, ensuring it is accurate and updated regularly in line with the Consignment Stock process:
      • Review monthly consignment reports from CMs
      • Raising vendor requirements via PO for consignment and spot buys
      • Adjusting spot buys via inventory adjustment by following agreed process
      • Support Sourcing Manager with achieving consignment KPIs.
  • Support for operational Projects and continuous improvement.
  • Scope for working on getting reporting/data infrastructure in place with support from others with BI knowledge. What are the reports and KPIs that we want across:
      • Demand Planning
      • Sourcing
  • Back-up and support team members during absences and/or heavy volume times, including audit support.
  • Carrying out Inventory Management functions such as receipting of goods and checking inventory levels.
  • Supporting Brand level Purchase and Demand Planner with Demand Planning responsibilities where applicable.
  • Responsible for intercompany stock transfers (FAEL to FGEMEA):
      • Supporting FGEMEA for inventory requirements

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Interpersonal Contacts & Reporting:

Tier 1:

  • Purchasing and Demand Planner
  • Strategic Sourcing Manager
  • Ops counterparts in FGEMEA and other regions.
  • CMs.

Tier 2:

  • Project Management/Production Engineering – scheduling production and NPI status.
  • Others


  • Email, Zoom, in-person.

Skills and experience required:

  • Operational, ideally logistics and/or demand planning, background.
  • Able to evaluate current processes and ways of working and identify and implement improvements.
  • Strong written and verbal comms required.
  • Good interpersonal skills: able to work effectively with those in sphere of interactions.
  • Competent excel user, including use of formulas and amalgamating data from multiple sources and systems to conduct analysis with a high degree of accuracy.

About Us

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio group that develops and markets music technology products. Used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike, its solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity – ‘we make music easy to make’.

The Focusrite Group trades under eleven established and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Oberheim, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Ampify Music, Linea Research and Sonnox. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in and we enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture which encourages innovation. This culture, combined with a passion for the inspirational solutions we create, has led to the group winning numerous accolades, including four Queen's Awards for Enterprise and the AIM Company of the Year Award 2021.

The Focusrite Group is dedicated to building a great place to work and as an equal opportunity employer we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion. The group mission is to cultivate an equitable culture, internally and externally, where all people feel they are welcome and positively represented, whether office-based or working remotely. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Benefits include flexible/hybrid working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, company music events, free breakfast/lunch in the canteen at Focusrite HQ. We arrange company training sessions and encourage personal development.