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Senior Materials Planner

Company: Ocean Spray
Location: Lakeville
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

You might have our iconic cranberry juice in your fridge or have gotten into heated holiday debate about what's better - canned or fresh cranberry sauce. But did you know that the hardworking people growing the superfruit in our products are 700 family farmers that own our cooperative? They entrust us with what is most precious to them to create new and innovative products that will delight consumers and grow this beloved brand today and into the future.

If working collaboratively toward a common purpose while also being empowered to shape your career and experience matter to you, you'd be a great fit at Ocean Spray! Our different backgrounds, experiences and ways of thinking inspire us to be exceptional. Be innovative. Be your authentic self. Team members, farmers, consumers and communities alike--we value what makes us unique and strive to connect our farms to families for a better lifefor all.

The Global Supply Chain team at Ocean Spray is looking to add a Senior Materials Planner to their growing team. Please note this is a temporary 6 month contract.

The position is located at our Corporate Office in Lakeville, MA.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate purchasing activities with Vendors, Manufacturing and R&D departments and take action to ensure cost saving initiatives and optimal inventory levels based on lead-time and production plan. Direct daily activity with vendors based on individual plant needs ensuring network wide availability of materials. Manager relationships with Vendors and improve communications between suppliers and planning. Promptly resolve complaints and issues as they arise.
  • Analyze inventory requirements vs. forecast/production plan; balance system wide inventory levels and sourcing adjustments; reconcile and maintain contract balances to ensure volume is pulled at the right price and quantity; ensure adequate supply of materials from secondary sources if delay/shortages occur from primary suppliers.
  • Develop capacity plan and determine sourcing for Cranberry and Citrus concentrate, fresh fruit and presscake. Determine seasonal processing and communicate storage requirements to DC Manager. Ensure quality and inventory levels of Cranberry and Citrus juice and concentrate meet the blending requirements of the plants based on the production schedule, as well as the needs of the ITG and international partners.
  • Analyze and develop critical planning parameters (lead time, safety stock, economic order quantity, etc.); provide direction to plant material coordinators on lead times, delivery needs, changes, contracts, safety stock levels, and scheduling agreements.
  • Support new products cross-functional teams and cost savings initiatives; participate in supplier related cross-functional teams, develop and improve work processes and procedures. Manage the transition of materials to ensure obsolescence is minimized and production of new items is supported.
  • Develop and implement Material Planning processes associated with co-pack or alliance start ups. Work with Procurement and Co-pack team to determine requirements, align on responsibilities, develop processes and provide SAP training as needed.
  • Set up and maintain Material Master data in SAP; Resource accounts payable for invoicing and resolve blocked invoices; create PO's, contracts, scheduling agreements in SAP; provide daily, weekly and monthly reports.

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:

  • BS degree, preferably Engineering, Business or Finance
  • 5-7 years business work experience
  • Strong communication, interpersonal skills and teamwork skills
  • Ability to work independently with directional supervision.
  • Excellent computer skills (spreadsheet and word processing), SAP proficient in Procurement environment
  • Ability to influence and be persuasive
  • Ability to interface and negotiate with suppliers
  • Aptitude for understanding manufacturing and plant needs
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Keywords: Ocean Spray, Fall River , Senior Materials Planner, Other , Lakeville, Massachusetts

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