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Supply Chain Lead

Company: KeHE Distributors
Location: Naperville
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Job Description:

Overview:Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

Sound good?

KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

Come join KeHE as a Sales Specialist, Specialty FoodPrimary Responsibilities:The Supply Chain Lead position is a key role supporting our strategic vision to be the preferred supply chain partner in the specialty, natural & organic, and fresh market place in North America. The responsibilities of this position include purchasing, inventory management, logistics management, and supplier performance management. Key objectives will be managing inventory levels and turns, achieving/improving targeted customer service levels, mitigating inventory obsolescence/spoils, and partnering with vendors to improve inbound service level metrics and reduce end-to-end supply chain costs. The Lead Demand Replenishment Planner will work cross-functionally with members of account management, vendor managers, transportation, warehouse operations, vendors, vendor brokers, inbound freight shippers, and external customers.Essential Functions:


  • Lead a team of Demand Replenishment Planners for an assigned category and region, ensuring that all KPI targets are met, including Supplier In-bound On-Time, Service Levels, Customer Fill Rates, Inventory Levels and Turns, and Inventory Obsolescence/Spoils, MAPE, and Bias.
  • Trains and mentor's direct reports on systems and process best practices.
  • Serves as a SME for systems, parameter tuning, root cause analysis, and reporting development.
  • Lead seasonality planning for assigned product categories. Serve as product planning expert utilizing both fulfill and demand.
  • Partner with suppliers to improve inbound fill rates, spoils, on-time performance, reduce lead-time, and drive additional cost reduction opportunities.
  • Purchase Order review and execution. Ensures purchasing decisions achieve lowest overall cost-to-deliver for the supply chain. Ensures proper alignment of the purchasing plan and projected inventory levels with consensus demand plan.
  • Proactively review and assess ability to support promotional/seasonal Advance Order (AOM) volume. Takes aggressive action to mitigate any availability issues and proactively communicates with account teams (Ad trackers, this should stay with the leads).
  • Utilize internal data to quickly recognize changes in item-level sales trends to drive a proactive response across the supply chain (this reference demand exceptions, DRPs are responsible for this)
  • Partner with the appropriate Customer Fulfillment Specialists to integrate key account/channel demand into the forecast (lets remove this).
  • Identifies continuous improvement opportunities and provides recommendations to better optimize inventory, inventory health, and service-level (Lead ongoing projects- we'll need to create a priority list)
  • Manage the at-risk inventory process for assigned product categories, with ability to root cause and drive necessary corrections with suppliers and vendor management.
  • Effectively manages appropriate DRP system parameters to meet inventory targets ( this should be on the SRs).
  • Participates in internal supply chain improvement projects as necessary: distribution network planning/expansion, enhancements or future upgrades to Advanced Planning Software packages. (redundant)
  • Serves as backup to Supply Chain Manager in his/her absence. Represents his/her team and presents weekly KPI and metric updates to senior leadership.


    Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude:




    • 3-5 years of related supply chain experience desired.
    • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Business, Operations, Engineering or related field
    • Knowledge and understanding of Supply Chain concepts, Purchasing, Inventory Management, and their application

      Qualifications / Additional Skills / Aptitude:

      • Experience with Advanced Planning Software packages like JDA Fulfillment, JDA Demand Planning, or E3 is strongly preferred.
      • Strong analytical, planning and organizational skills.
      • Demonstrates financial acumen and ability to apply cost-benefit analysis in their decision making.
      • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
      • Effective presentation skills with ability to tailor both analysis and message to his/her audience.
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office with focus on advanced Excel skills and analysis. Ability to manipulate and manage large volumes of data.
      • Experience with business intelligence tools like Cognos or Business Objects highly desired.
      • Experience or aptitude leading a team.
      • Food industry experience in a similar Supply Chain role is preferred.

Keywords: KeHE Distributors, Naperville , Supply Chain Lead, Professions , Naperville, Illinois

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