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Project Manager (Inventory/Planning)

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Bring your Project Manager skills to the table by joining a winning and growing team! Our client, the leading global coffee retailer HQ'd in Seattle has an immediate need for Project Manager in a contract capacity. This role will most likely extend if not convert to full time/Partner status.

Job Summary and Mission

This job contributes to client's success by preparing external forecasts and by developing and maintaining purchasing and production planning processes to ensure appropriate levels of raw material, in-process and finished goods inventories.

Summary of Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:

Leadership - Setting goals for the work group, developing organizational capability, and modeling how we work together:
• Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the immediate team of direct reports promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results.
• Supports the implementation of company programs to ensure the success of the Company.
Planning and Execution - Developing strategic and operational plans for the work group, managing execution, and measuring results:
• Develops and maintains materials requirement plans to support production plans. Determines order levels based on production requirements, material lead times, minimum order quantities, planned inventory turns, and space planning for 750 raw materials, intermediate kits, packing and processing items.
• Develops and uses finished goods sales forecasts to develop and maintain production plans for 300 finished product stock-keeping units (SKUs) manufactured by third parties.
• Develops and uses forecasts to determine purchase requirements for 200 point-of-sale (POS) items used to support sales and marketing efforts.
• Develops inventory strategies to reduce costs and improve inventory turns.
• Plans and manages business unit/department processes and practices to ensure that programs are aligned with company business goals and objectives.
• Prepares, communicates and educates client groups and team on changes in policies and practices within the organization.
Business Requirements - Providing functional expertise and executing functional responsibilities:
• Assists in the development of business relationships with third-party packers to ensure Tazo's long-term manufacturing capacity.
• Establishes inventory levels of materials and finished goods to support production and shipping requirements. Manages inventory space and space planning. Monitors materials and finished goods inventory levels, and balances inventory between facilities, considering transportation cost, product age and space. Resolves inventory discrepancies and implements procedures to prevent them.
• Manages the development of safety stock strategies. Analyzes production schedules, supplier minimum and maximum order quantities, product lead times, warehouse space requirements, carrying costs and other financial considerations to determine cost-effective inventory investments.
• Provides technical leadership to the planning team.
Partner Development & Team Building - Providing partners with coaching, feedback, and developmental opportunities and building effective teams:
• Challenges and inspires partners to achieve business results.
• Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews.
• Ensures partners adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.
• Oversees training and development of partners directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.
• Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to team members in order to achieve partner, business and customer results.

Summary of Experience
• Manage supply change planning, forecasting and inventory management in a high-growth, dynamic organization (5 years)
• Management of partners with competing priorities (5 years)
• Systems implementation and upgrades (3 years)
• Analytical and problem-solving in a fast-paced environment (2 years)
• Cost accounting (2 years)
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of business principles from multiple disciplines
• Strong organizational skills
• Knowledge of systems development methodologies

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