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Supply Planning Assistant (Fixed term contract/secondment)

We have been a leading figure in publishing for more than 500 years. We have always been a forward-looking organization, maximizing the technology for the day, but the digital revolution is bringing enormous change, fast. That same spirit of adventure and entrepreneurialism is critical to our future success. In a fast changing publishing landscape, OUP welcomes the inquisitive, the inventive, and the ambitious; people who challenge the conventional, and pioneer the possible.

About the Role

It is an exciting time of change and growth within our new Inventory Centre of Excellence team where you’ll find a collaborative team around you where you’ll be encouraged to learn. You’ll be supporting the imports team ensuring the right stock is there at the right time as well providing administration support for the print on demand programmes and the UK and US automated stock replenishment. Key responsibilities include:

  • Identifying titles to be entered into the AR and POD programmes through systems reporting and liaison with the Supply Planning team
  • Demand planning the stock requirements of imported between the UK and US warehouses
  • Setting the titles up with customer print program partners through file management and provision of metadata
  • Reviewing titles within customer print programs and removing redundant titles
  • Providing monthly sales reporting
  • Responding to queries regarding enrolment of titles and seeking to resolve issues where they occur, enlisting the help of internal and external colleagues as appropriate
  • Running regular reports to support business needs in a timely manner
  • Providing commentary on progress, volumes, risks and issues
  • Ensuring working practice documents are maintained and shared.

We are thinking through how we use our offices in the future and are open to discussing flexibility within this such as a blend of office and home working. We expect this role to require approximately 2 days per week in the Oxford office. 

Please note: This is 6 month fixed term contract or secondment opportunity with potential for extension.

About You

This role suits someone who is comfortable with different systems and data who is also able to communicate confidently when required. To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Basic-intermediate Excel ability
  • The ability to follow instructions accurately
  • Comfortable with analysis either through experience of analytics or the confidence/ability to learn
  • Experience of working with large volumes of data/records
  • Strong attention to detail

It would be beneficial if you have worked within demand planning previously and/or have publishing/print supplier experience.


We care about work/life balance here at OUP. With this in mind we offer 25 days’ holiday that rises with service, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (3-days) and a 35-hour working week. We are open to discussing flexibility in respect of working hours and the use of technology to support regular remote working, dependent on role. We also have a great variety of active employee networks and societies. 

We help make your money go further by contributing to your pension up to 12%, offering loans and savings schemes through our partnership with Salary Finance, in addition to travel to work schemes and access to a wide range of local discounts. 

Please see our Rewards and Recognition page for more information.


Please contact with any queries relating to this role. 

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK, OX2 6DP
  • Division:
    Technology and Operations
  • Closing Date:
    6 July 2022
  • Salary:
    Dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Postcode:
    OX2 6DP
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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