IDP Manager at AB InBev | May 2024

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Job Description

Dreaming big is in our DNA. It’s who we are as a company. It’s our culture. It’s our heritage. And more than ever, it’s our future. A future where we’re always looking forward. Always serving up new ways to meet life’s moments. A future where we keep dreaming bigger. We look for people with passion, talent, and curiosity, and provide them with the teammates, resources and opportunities to unleash their full potential. The power we create together – when we combine your strengths with ours – is unstoppable. Are you ready to join a team that dreams as big as you do?

The key purpose of this job is to coordinate the movements of finished goods and empty containers between Breweries, DC’s and Distributors to ensure key KPI’s are delivered. Responsible for managing relations across all levels internally and externally to ensure that stakeholders are aligned to finished goods replenishment. The incumbent is also responsible for the on-time deployment of empty containers to eliminate packaging downtime. To achieve the objectives of this role, the incumbent is responsible for delivery of Inventory Deployment KPIs as defined and within AB InBev standards.

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Plan and optimise finished goods stock levels between Breweries, DC’s and Distributors

  • Revision of the DSNP plan to protect service levels and revision of the Shipment Scheduler plan to increase weight per shipment

  • Amendments of the Deployment plan to ensure continuity within the operation

  • Load prioritization and allocation to prevent out of stocks

  • Optimisation of finished goods and empty container movements to reduce Tier 1 cost (VLC)

  • Cost management and optimization through mix analysis & preparation of the T1 FG budget – could be part of one of the line items

  • Continuous management of service levels and routine reporting and analysis to ensure  Inventory policy adherence and delivering KPI’s

  • Management of queries regarding inventory levels and recovery plans to internal and external stakeholder

  • Implementation of key deliverables as defined in the LCP handbook for Inventory Deployment (IDP Block owner)

  • Value realization of the inter-regional DAG process by ensuring end to end adherence

Develop and publish Inventory Deployment Plan

  • Balance available inventory based on agreed rules and Check and review plan against service level and OOR KPI’s

  • Review daily roll overs,  consider freshness requirements when building the plan

  • Generate, validate and publish near term plan to deploy

Manage near term and daily issues

  • Validate cost of make vs cost of redeploy and make changes to the deployment plan

  • Check and adjust deployment plan to consider availability, last minute issues/constraints

  •  Publish adjustments and priority loads, prioritize shipments/volumes and publish daily deployment plan

Cost Management

  • Drives strict adherence to flexed budgets with the various logistics teams and sites

  • Ensure lane compliance are followed per the tender and that any deviation is tracked and approve

  • Assumes overall accountability for total T1 spend and empty legs portion of T2 costs

  • Accounts for over/underspends on a bi-weekly and monthly basis

  • Full accountability to sign off on all T1 accruals and ensure PO’s and GRN are done on time for the same and that supplier accounts are fully reconciled.

  • Perform mix analysis to identify drivers and opportunities for Improving VLC/hl 

KPI’s, Routines & Reports

  • Ensures that Daily, Weekly and Monthly Meeting routines are adhered to in line with mandatory LCP guidelines

  • Ensures that processes are standardized via SOP’s and work standards are monitored and improved by using Operational 3 Work Diagnoses (OWD’s);

  • Track KPI’s on a daily, weekly and monthly basis in line with LCP requirements

  • Ensures that appropriate problem-solving tools are applied for out-of-range KPI’s in line with LCP methodology.

  • Publish reports on time as per LCP guidelines and internal processes.

Key stakeholders

  • Transporters (external), SNP Scheduler and Retpack Execution Specialist (Internal), Logistics teams (internal), Supply team (internal), Finance team (internal), Sales team (internal), Zone planning team (internal)


  • Relevant Bachelors degree in Planning, Supply Chain Management or Logistics

  • 3 – 5 years operational or planning experience in FMCG

  • Deep Knowledge of NoCC Logistics and Planning processes, specifically inventory management

  • Understanding of ABInBev Logistics and Planning principles

  • Improvement through root cause and trends analysis using Belt methodology

  • Demonstrable problem solving skills with an ability to manage complexity and ambiguity

  • Must be able to work under continuous pressure for extended periods

  • Clear and strong communication skills

  • Innovative thinker

  • Critical decision making ability 

  • Customer centric

Additional information:

  • Band: VII

TBL/AB InBev is an equal opportunity employer, and all appointments will be made in line with TBL/AB InBev employment equity plan and talent requirements.

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