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Job Title:  Category Market Supply Optimiser

Date:  06-Mar-2023

Littlehampton, WSX, GB, BN17 6LS

Full Time/Part Time:  Full-Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Contract
Hours per week:  37.5

Your role in a nutshell

We are recruiting for an experienced Supply Chain Planner on a 6 month fixed term contract basis, working from our head office site at Watersmead (near Littlehampton) in West Sussex. The successful candidate will be part of our Global Supply Chain team and will be responsible for owning, controlling and managing the purchasing of The Body Shopproducts from your appointed suppliers and manufacturers while maintaining category inventory budgets in line with spend expectations. 

More about the role

  • Purchasing of all Finished Goods inventory from the supply base to meet our stores and markets' needs, within financial targets and stock budget expectations. 
  • To own and drive significant performance of your appointed manufacturers and new product developments (NPD) in the areas of 'On Time In Full' deliveries, lead-time reductions and optimum stock turns. 
  • Manage supplier relationships through regular contact to ensure optimum service is provided. 
  • Management of inbound flows into distribution centers from the supply base across the globe - managing distribution center capacity constraints, offsite storage needs (within budget) and to meet market sales. 
  • To actively maintain service levels to the Zone Supply Chain teams to drive retail sales through close management of your appointed manufacturers and NPD developments. 
  • Accountable for managing LOI (letter of intent) and Call Off LOIs with supplier base and internal business functions such as Legal and Operations Finance and provide reporting on required time lines. 
  • All preparations for supplier and Brand reviews. 

What we look for

Coming from a background in Supply Chain or Operations, you will work well under pressure; have great analytical skills and have a love of problem solving, numbers and relationship building. Strong Excel, IT and influencing skills are a must and a working knowledge of the retail sector is desirable. 

The Body Shop

When Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976, she had a vision. Business as a force for good – that’s us. Over 40 years later, we’re proud to be pioneering cruelty-free beauty every step of the way. We’re the original ethical beauty brand. We’ve got a thing for empowering people and enriching our planet. We’re all about keeping it real, in every way possible. Our activist roots remain a huge part of everything we do, from our iconic window posters to our vegetarian products to our infamous campaigns. We’re never afraid to stand up and speak the truth. We like to do things a little differently around here. 

The Body Shop, along with Aesop and Natura, is part of Natura & Co, a global, multi-channel and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. Group owner Natura is Brazil's number one cosmetics manufacturer. Sustainable development has been the company's guiding principle since it was founded in 1969. In fact, this is an incredibly exciting time for The Body Shop. We’re fighting for what we believe in now more than ever. No holding back. Breaking the mould has always come naturally to us, and we need someone who’s not afraid to mix things up. 


6% contributory pension plan (that rises with loyalty)

23 days holiday plus Bank Holidays (option to buy and sell holiday as well)

1 Self Love Day – An extra day off per year to recharge and focus on what you love to do most

3 additional days a year to volunteer in the local community to support the causes you feel most passionate about

Discretionary bonus scheme

LOVE Money – Money from us to spend on YOUR wellbeing - pamper yourself on us. Every year.

50% employee discount on our products and access to sample sales

Access to Perks at Work, our online shopping channel with exclusive deals & discounts

Access to our Nourish platform, where you have access at certain times of the year to fantastic benefits such as; Buying/Selling holiday, Pension Top Up, Private Medical Insurance options, Green Car Benefits, Cycle to Work scheme, on site nursery (for Littlehampton colleagues)

Life Assurance

EAP (Employee Assistance Program) – we work with experts to support you on all aspects of your Wellbeing: Physical, Mental and Financial.

Hybrid working - up to 60% of your time working remotely

Diversity Statement


At The Body Shop, we firmly believe that equality is a human right and that all people should have an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams and aspirations.  We are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining the very best people by offering a creative and inclusive workplace where talent is recognized. We value diversity and consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. We are proud to have a number of different active employee inclusion networks that serve not just as catalysts for change, but also to build a spirit of diversity, equality, inclusivity, and provide safe supportive spaces for engagement and solidarity for members of these communities.  The Body Shop is also committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please let us know in your application or email us at

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