Inventory Manager

Location: Warwick

Closing Date: 02-Aug-2021

Salary: Competitive Salary + Bonus

Reference #: 137694

About the role

Wolseley UK are currently recruiting an Inventory Manager based in Warwick to manage the trade-off between inventory investment and product availability for a category or categories. You will be responsible for end-to-end stock management to drive industry leading levels of customer OTIF.

You will work collaboratively with the commercial teams to help deliver sales and margin targets through effective promotional and seasonal planning, representing the views of the extended supply chain in all commercial liaisons, working closely with the DC’s to understand any operating constraints and cost drivers.

You will also need to be flexible to work from Warwick and travel to DC’s, branches and suppliers where necessary.

You will be responsible for:

  • Manage a portfolio of suppliers on day-to-day basis, taking responsibility to deliver stock, stock turn and quality of stock targets in line with budget.
  • Be responsible for demand and supply planning for a given category or categories.
  • To review replenishment parameters with suppliers that will minimise supply chain costs and implement improvements across the supply chain.
  • Share forecasts with suppliers and develop mutually beneficial improvement plans.
  • Ensure weekly Category Planning Meetings are held with relevant Commercial colleagues.
  • Manage, develop and build strong relationships with suppliers to ensure they meet all measures.
  • Responding to in flight variances, identifying risks and opportunities to stock and availability and proposing solutions. Using root cause analysis to manage by exception.

What we’re looking for:

  • Highly analytical and numerate.
  • Experience of managing complex trade-off situations.
  • Proven supply chain/inventory management skills in a fast-paced environment.
  • Good influencing and communication skills to drive results across internal and external teams.
  • Strong organisational, decision making and presentation skills.
  • A good understanding of the Supply Chain function and DC operations.
  • Proactive problem solver who seeks continuous improvement.


  • Demand forecast or Inventory management experience in a high SKU, complex commercial environment highly desirable.
  • Experience of Merchant / Retail / Service Parts inventory management environments.
  • Knowledge of automated Demand planning and replenishment systems (e.g. Oracle Demand Planning).
  • Proven record of team working and experience in a cross-functional role, communicating across business functions.

About your development and benefits

We aim to unlock your potential and equip you with all the skills required to succeed in your role, whilst earning a full salary. This all starts with your induction where you get to know us and our business and continues with relevant training and development. 

Our people get benefits including:

  • Pension plan
  • Holiday - 23 days
  • Staff discount
  • Bonus

About us

Wolseley UK is the country’s largest plumbing, heating and cooling trade specialist merchant and we aim to be the first-choice specialist merchant for trade customers. 

We supply 180,000 different products to over 100,000 customers every year. Join us and you’ll be part of a team that gets the right products to customers at the right price, in the right place, and at the right time. You’ll also enjoy extensive training and an award-winning pension and great rewards.

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