Europe Material Planning Director

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Date: 21-Jan-2023

Location: Birmingham, BIR, GB

Company: Alstom

Req ID: 398545

Location: Europe

Appointment Basis: Permanent

Salary: c. £75K+ Benefits


Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide

Are you seeking to enhance your career and join us on our journey as our Europe Material Planning Director on a permanent basis and make your mark with a globally renowned organisation in the rail sector? The Europe Material Planning Director is a key and integral part of Alstom Europe Region Supply chain and this role supports all the Alstom Rolling Stock, Component and Services businesses in the Europe Region. The key missions of the Alstom Europe Supply Chain are:

  • To ensure operational performance supported by strong process adoption
  • To develop the Alstom Supply Chain to support the region’s growth
  • To lead Supply Chain function and competencies
  • To develop local team empowerment and cross-regional collaboration


What That Means Day To Day


You’ll be part of Alstom managing the Material Planning and Supplier Delivery Performance to optimise material availability whilst minimizing raw material inventory. Providing operations support to sites on supply chain stabilization or mobilization of emerging sites in Material Planning and Supplier delivery performance. You’ll Contribute to the key Global Supply Chain transformation initiatives to support competitiveness & agility (including Digital Supply Chain transformation and maintaining an awareness of external developments in other industries) within their perimeter. Other aspects of the role include:

  • Defining & driving the Region Material Planning strategy, in alignment with the Global Supply Chain Strategy, on:
  • Process: Set up & deploy processes / standards
  • People: Develop Material Planners, SDPM’s (Supplier Delivery Performance Manager), PrSCL’s (Project Supply Chain Leader) and key user networks and enhance their competencies by providing training module & qualification path
  • Methods & Tools: Working with Global Supply Chain, identify best practices, develop and deploy standard operating model across the region.
  • Ensure sites are compliant to internal & external audits / certification within his perimeter –where there are findings or failings ensure robust action plans to resolve but also review any wider potential exposures across the region.
  • Continuously develop people and skills whilst optimizing headcount through the deployment of efficient processes


Transformation & SC design

    • Working with the sites and Global SC team to optimize the performance of GSI or current systems and ensure the successful deployment of new tools (e.g. ABC analysis / material coverage) to drive reductions in raw material whilst reducing missing parts.
    • Working with the Region Logistics Director in definimng the material planning strategy and supplier logistics specification blueprint to be employed at each stage of the project lifecycle for rolling stock.  Deploy the strategy on new projects.
    • VMI/ASW – develop and implement plans to expand the use of supplier lean logistics to minimize raw material inventory.  These plans should include the local SC Teams and Procurement and also the Region Procurement and Commodity teams to not only improve current projects but define the blue print for engagement on new projects and tenders.
    • Benchmark site material planning operations identifying best practice and improvement opportunities.  Working with sites to deliver improvement plans and utilise lean tools to simplify processes and reduce operational costs.  Support site planning and roll out on projects
    • Develop and provide standardized tools and methods for calculating resources and costs for PrSCL & material planning activities through the project lifecycle.


Performance management & ops support

    • Monitor consolidated region performance & facilitate regional and site performance reviews for his operational KPIs.
    • Hold regular reviews with sites on raw material levels and maintain an action plan to drive improvement. 
    • Act as first level escalation for supplier performance issues and lead appropriate recovery actions including regular supplier reviews and/or face to face visits.


Maturity roadmap deployment

    • Ensure handbooks, golden rules, apsys roadmap, tools procedures are deployed with digital trainings to ensure standard ways of working for all
    • Support SAP (Global Single Instance) deployment with associated core material planning and supplier delivery performance tools .
    • Provide ops support to sites / regions on supply chain stabilization or mobilization of emerging sites, new businesses.


    • Manage the Europe Supplier Delivery Performance Manager (SDPM) and performance of the devolved SDPM network.
    • Assess PrSCL, Material Planning & SDPM positions competencies and propose associated action plan at region level
    • Deploy robust Material Planning & SDPM culture at all levels



Who We’re Looking For


At Alstom we are agile, inclusive and responsible in everything we do. These principles form our values and behaviours and are an essential component of our assessment process and are fundamental qualities that we seek for all roles.

We are highly interested if you have:

  • Qualifications in an engineering or business discipline with supply chain orientation
  • Good working knowledge at Senior Management level within Supply Chain
  • Fluent English skills, French appreciated



  • Material planning in a large complex manufacturing environment
  • Management of Suppliers and delivery performance
  • Management of raw material inventory


  • Demonstratable strategic ability & performance improvement drive
  • Ability to drive transformation at international level
  • Good background on ERP & associated Supply Chain core model
  • Availability to support sites within the region and travel as required
  • Knowledge and experience in deploying Lean tools and techniques to deliver process and performance improvements



What we offer


We offer a highly competitive starting salary plus benefits which is benchmarked against the country of residence where this role is performed from. For UK applicants we are offering c. £75,000, plus car/car allowance and 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to increase this to 30 days, healthcare, life assurance, an excellent company-contributed pension scheme, and a wide range of flexible benefits that you can tailor to suit your life-style.



Application Process


The talent team are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis and the role will close as soon as a suitable person has successfully passed the assessment process. To be considered please send in your application as early as possible


We value inquisitive, innovative and motivated people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable.


Alstom is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  We aim to have a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals, of different ages, genders, ethnicities, disability, LGBT, religion and/or belief.


As a 'Disability Confident' employer, we will interview all disabled job applicants who match the essential criteria of the job description or specification: if you require any reasonable adjustments, please let us know.






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