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Business Planning Manager - MEA

At Nouryon, our global team of Changemakers takes positive action every day, to reach higher collectively and individually. We create innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers to answer society’s needs – today and in the future.  

We are looking for team members who bring ideas forward, champion others and work together to do better. Does that sound like you? 


In your future role as Business Planning Manager, you will

The Business Planning Manager is responsible for creating and operating the Business Planning process in the Middle East and Africa. This is a new role in our Business Planning team that will work with local Commercial, Customer Service, and Logistics teams to develop and implement supply chain strategies for Nouryon's competitive advantage.

The business planning process will consist of the 5-year strategy, Integrated Business Planning (IBP) for the 4–24-month horizon, and the short term Integrated Tactical Planning (ITP) for the 0-13 week horizon. The role will collaborate with finance to measure the plans in terms of Budgets, Latest views (LV), and 3 month rolling forecast (3MF) against our Strategy.

The business planning function will help with the 5-year business plan. This role will ensure the coordination and accuracy of market demand forecasts and manufacturing capacities (including site operations, vendors, logistics, and toll manufacturers). Supports the Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets in the execution of annual strategies.

  • The role involves coordinating and harmonizing the Marketing, R&D, Sales, ISC, and Finance calendars, processes, and tools
  • Contributing to the development of Supply and Demand Planning strategies, capabilities and processes to enhance integration and performance
  • Creating, deploying, implementing, following up and optimizing consistent processes (product/project, demand, supply, integrated reconciliation, and management reviews), systems and program, across all business and functions in line with strategy.
  • Business Planning leads the creation and execution of an Integrated Plan that makes IBP the main process used by the leadership team to align, integrate and synchronize the plans for the business
  • Integrate strategic planning and budgeting cycle.  Connect the financial plan (Budget), the financial forecast (RF/ LE), sales and marketing plans, and operations plans; linking strategic, operational and financial goals.
  • Lead the 5 Year Strategy annual program, IBP monthly program, and DSR weekly program for MEA
  • Ensure effective, efficient reporting and analysis on Business Planning performance for stakeholders
  • Leads cross functional process improvement to achieve excellence, via process assessment tools and continuous improvement plan
  • Accountable to deliver on KPIs for the function – Forecast Accuracy, Days Inventory Outstanding, and Service
  • Supports the effectiveness of the future organization by coaching and developing the planning organization to create future leaders.

The position is based in our new modern office and application lab in the Dubai Science Park but requires occasional travel. Approximately 10-15% of you working time will be for regional & global travel.

We believe you bring

  • BA or BS in Engineering, Supply Chain, or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience
  • Good understanding of the Commercial and/or Integrated Supply Chain functions
  • Proven track record in team leadership
  • Experienced implementing and operating S&OP and/or IBP
  • Working knowledge of ERP, systems and processes
  • Demonstrated Leadership, Influencing and Change Management skills
  • High level Business acumen
  • Cultural awareness (working across-country/ function)
  • Pro-active initiating attitude: self-assured and capable of convincing people based on a shared vision.
  • Task focused but sensitive to risks and changes in direction based on new insights.
  • Capable of making deep-dive analyses while maintaining high-level overview.
  • Team builder with good social and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communicator in English


Great if you have

  • MS degree preferred in Business, Supply Chain, or other relevant discipline
  • Experience from Business Warehouse (or equivalent data warehouse) or Arkieva (or equivalent advanced planning software)
  • Experience from ASCM CPIM/CSCP or IBF Demand Planning
  • The ability to leverage emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics to optimize supply chain processes.
  • Project management experience as a project lead in small or medium sized projects.
  • Solid understanding of main functional end-2-end processes e.g. Sales Process, Order to Cash, Forecast to Plan
  • Highly skilled in L6S methodologies and tools, process development and change management experience


We believe you are…

a person who can analyze well, understand supply chain and business processes, and finish projects independently and proactively. You also communicate well and interact with stakeholders at different levels.

The job holder must follow their budget and delegation of authority. This covers external spending, hours and vacation planning, and decisions on inventory policies.



Good to know
This is a permanent position on a full-time basis, reporting to Kristopher VanKleek, Vice President – Business Planning, who is located in Chicago, IL - USA.

Please apply via our online recruitment system. We will not accept applications via e-mail. Once it's with us we will review to see if we have a match between your skills and the role! For more information about our hiring process, visit:  

 We look forward to receiving your application! 

 We kindly ask our internal candidates to apply with your Nouryon email via Success Factors.  

About Nouryon

 We’re looking for tomorrow’s Changemakers, today. 

 If you’re looking for your next career move, apply today and join Nouryon’s worldwide team of Changemakers in providing essential solutions that our customers use to manufacture everyday products such as personal care, cleaning, paints and coatings, agriculture and food, pharmaceuticals, and building products. Our employees are driven by the wish to make an impact and actively drive positive change. If that describes you, we will gladly make way for your ambitions. From day one we support you with your personal growth, through challenging positions and comprehensive learning and development opportunities, in a dynamic, international, diverse, and proactive working environment. 


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Closing date
30 Sep 2024
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United Arab Emirates
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Job area
Logistics and Supply Chain
Hierarchy level
Full time/part time
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