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Distribution Planner

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Distribution Planner

  • WE00586
  • Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

About us

Fontem Ventures, a subsidiary of Imperial Brands plc, is a leader in vaping technology and owns e-vapour brand Blu. Headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and with its research & development center in Liverpool, UK, Fontem Ventures develops and commercialises vaping products under the blu brand. The rapid growth of vaping is a consumer-driven revolution, based on a whole range of different motivations, which is fundamentally changing social habits and lifestyles.

The role

Fontem Ventures is looking for a Distribution Planner. In this role, you will be a partner for our export markets and you will be responsible for ensuring continuous market supply for the defined specific area. You have the responsibility for import and export operations in Europe, for internal, as well as external markets. It is your drive to satisfy the customer demand timely at the right place, in the right quality and quantity as well as at the most efficient cost. You will handle customer-relevant information regarding sales and manufacturing and commercial and logistical execution of customer orders, in consideration of internal rules and guidelines, as well as international rules like the ICC Incoterms and all tax and customs issues.

Key accountabilities

Market & Customer Management:
• Build expertise and understanding for the assigned markets & customers with regard to trends, legal changes, customs requirements for export and all market-relevant specifics
• Understand and follow up concerning portfolio in terms of plans and projects, incl. phase in / phase out ensuring timely master data availability for new products in SAP
• Regular market visits to improve customer relationships and market knowledge

Demand Management:
• Sales Forecast Accuracy checks on SKU level
• Review monthly forecast update in parallel with Operations Planning activities on SKU level
• Ensure proper forecast consumption by the orders. Order Management:
• Receive and check feasibility of orders (incl. regarding payment terms & conditions) and order entry
• Commit to volumes and timings towards the customer in the context of Available to promise
• Supervise and coordinate status and fulfilment of production as well as order processing (order portfolio follow up) by challenging and collaborating with involved key players
• Release orders to dispatch locations
• Active order tracking (order status reporting)

Network Planning:
• Demand and supply balance checks: Identify shortages / unbalanced situations and initiate corrective actions in order to solve issues
• Reporting and monitoring of market-specific stocks in all relevant locations
• Release and supervise transports to ensure availability of stocks at the right time at the right place to avoid OOS and shortages
• Stock Monitoring and Obsolescence Management
• Monitor pro-actively market respective stock in all relevant factories and warehouses to avoid over ageing and write-offs
• Create understanding for impact of projects, launches, etc. on stock and to initiate respective actions in order to prevent obsolescence where possible

Skills & experience

• Completed professional training in wholesale & export trades resp. export merchant or comparable professional training
• Minimum 1 year of experience in Logistics/Customer Service
• Excellent SAP knowledge, as well as MS Office
• English fluent. Additional foreign language desirable
• Well-developed analytical skills
• Good ability to communicate with external and internal contacts/departments in differing cultures and countries, intercultural competencies
• Flexible, fast learning and responsive to changes
• Team player

What we offer

Imperial Brands offers a competitive package of salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays). Besides, from monthly events such as our ugly Christmas jumper competition, office massages (when covid allows), and surprise pizza parties you’ll be working in an environment that values hard work, self-satisfaction, and happiness! Best of all you have the opportunity to help shape our culture for the future. We have a multicultural environment where openness and diversity is encouraged – from new starters all the way to the CEO.


We're a truly international company, fourth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award-winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices. As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance. Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply with their current CV highlighting their suitability for the role

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