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Director of Supply Chain & Procurement

Nutri Nation Functional Foods Inc.

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted September 21, 2022.

We Are Hiring – Director of Supply Chain & Procurement (Port Coquitlam, BC) About Us: We are fortunate to share a unique environment here at Nutri-Nation with a dedicated, highly skilled workforce that has a proven foundation built on mutual respect.We have always valued our employees as our most important resource.

Our team is dynamic and enthusiastic, and we know you will enjoy growing with us.

Nutri-Nation Functional Foods is part of a private, family-owned, and operated manufacturing and marketing group which began in 1971 and continues today in the hands of the founders.

First and second-generation family members hold key hands-on management positions with the company.

The focus on quality, service and commitment to our customer partners’ needs is never left to chance.

Our Product Perspective
– We strive to make products that are truly functional, based on solid nutritional science.

We do this without losing sight of the fact that a positive taste experience is also essential for the long-term market success of our customers’ products.

Our customers are generous with their praise about our ability to make bars that perform nutritionally, and that taste great.

– Nutri-Nation is committed to the highest standards of quality and safety.

Our facilities are third-party audited for quality assurance, food safety and food security.

About the Role: Under broad supervision of the President, t he Director of Supply Chain & Procurement works closely with all levels of management and employees with the responsibility for supply chain planning including inventory optimization, customer service, demand planning and supporting implementing purchasing strategies.

This new role requires an experienced leader with strong planning and analysis skills who can provide coaching and development to a team.

This position will be responsible for procurement, logistics, replenishment planning and supply chain management services to our Nutri-Nation operation.

In addition to creating and maintaining a high-performance environment and ensuring that all work performed adheres to organizational standards within our core values by : Leading and directing the Supply Chain Management Department for sourcing new products, forecasting, procurement, distribution, and planning.

Using data analysis, business intelligence, forecasting, and reporting tools to optimize stock levels and forecast supply needs.

Developing Supply Chain Management strategies and building the processes to ensure the organization’s readiness to meet company objectives and building and maintaining supply chain management supporting structures.

Ensuring the timely flow of product supply from supplier to end-user in order to meet sales demand and avoid any product shortage and ensuring the cost effectiveness of Logistics and Operations – bringing projects in on or below budget – including launching new products related to supply chain.

Developing and maintaining strategic relationships with key suppliers (global, regional and low-cost countries) to optimize costs and provide optimal lead times.

Setting up and maintaining qualified suppliers, supplier agreements, and required documentation in the ERP system as well as Quality Management System, along with proper costing of components in the item master.

Liaising with vendors to ensure effective scheduling and optimal product availability, collaborating with Business Development, Sales, and Marketing to resolve any supply, pricing or other issues, particularly during a product launch period (e.g., testing, production schedules).

Designing, developing, and continuously improving processes that support company operations and ensuring compliance with industry GMP, company policies, and procedures.

Responsible for training and developing staff – including goal setting and creating and monitoring performance through KPIs.

Partnering with Finance Department to support annual budget development, management, and tracking for the areas of inventory management and inbound logistics.

Key Business Lead for leading monthly SOP process.

Responsible for enhancing and executing SOP process.

Developing and implementing the processes to align forecasts with production and distribution capabilities through the SOP process which synchronizes Sales, Product Development, Production, Logistics, and Finance.

Overseeing all Supply Chain Management related master data and managing all material master data and related change control processes in a compliant manner.

Developing inbound logistic effectiveness to minimize risk by identifying and mitigating constraints in the material flow.

Establishing appropriate vendor-managed stock (min/max for pull system) to optimize cash-flow and material flow as well as to minimize on-balance-sheet inventory.

Proactively communicating to the appropriate stakeholders to manage product availability using mitigation strategies to eliminate outages.

Building strong relationships and teamwork with logistics (transportation and warehousing).

Ensuring efficient planning of all inbound receipts including but not limited to – raw materials and finished product.

Complying with applicable internal SOPs, industry requirements, and standards within a GMP operation.

Ensuring all export, import, and local shipments are completed as per business requirements and SOPs in a timely and accurate manner.

Responsible for reconciliation of inbound receipts with on-hand inventories.

Working with Finance and Quality departments to establish a purchase approval matrix for efficient use and auditing for compliance.

Contract Planning – proactively managing the purchase order cycle from contract to product inbound receipt.

Responsible for inventory level optimization by balancing demand forecasts and inbound receipts with production objectives.

Integrating bar-code system for simple real-time tracking of inventory.

Owning the maintenance and utilization of the replenishment tool, including scheduling meetings with stakeholders to review sales demand and product purchasing forecasts and to alert relevant colleagues related to trends and supply shortage risks.

Managing the end-to-end Master Requirements Plan based on current and expected demand for all product requirements.

Providing insight and championing issues related to cost effective product sourcing and the development of related packaging and shipping materials.

Preparing of annual and semi-annual reforecasting for budget planning.

Providing purchasing leadership and direction to the Purchasing Department.

Working with Quality Manager to properly document product certification and vendor performance.

Leading the coordination and execution of physical inventory counts.

Negotiating and reviewing contracts, identifying vendors, and performing annual supplier reviews, as needed, and soliciting and promoting cost reduction proposals from vendors.

Actively participating in new product development and encouraging and organizing suppliers’ presentations to management regarding new products/ingredients and innovation.

Monitoring and understanding commodities management.

Participating in production scheduling meetings.

Supporting the QA Department with quality concerns related to product or packaging.

Back-up to the Operations Manager and Production Manager regarding strategic planning and implementation in regard to Hazard Analysis Critical Control (HACCP) duties and responsibilities.

About You: You have a University Degree (CPP, CPM, APICS, etc.) in a related field 7 years of relevant experience in a manufacturing facility, with at least 4 years in a supervisory role Direct experience in the food industry is required Comprehensive experience with vendor agreements Strong leadership and analytical skills Solid purchasing principles Ability to optimize inventory levels, and warehousing space/cost with supply and demand Thorough understanding of company products and logistics Extensive experience in negotiations and fluent in negotiation principles Proficient with MS Office Suite, management information systems and/or related software The hours are full-time from 7:30am – 4:00pm, 40 hours per week.

This role is located in Port Coquitlam, BC.

Perks & Benefits of working at Nutri-Nation Competitive salary, based on experience and knowledge, and paid time off Comprehensive Employee Benefits Program Opportunity to participate in a Profit-Sharing program Eligible for professional development and training financial support If this opportunity matches your skills and experience, and you are excited to join a great Nutri-Nation Team, please submit a resume and cover letter and tell us why you think this job would be a good fit.

We thank everyone who applies, but regret that we will only be able to reply to those we wish to call for an interview.

Principals only.

Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.

Do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers.