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Central Planning Manager

Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Responsible for demand planning, forecast integration and providing input to plant scheduling. Utilize best practices for planning to deliver low cost, quality, and fresh products to our customers. Perform all jobs safely, efficiently and accurately to maintain and improve the performance of the entire plant in the areas of Safety, Quality, Reliability (SQR) and our Customer 1st strategy. Provide leadership that embodies our 7 Manufacturing High Performance Work System Principles. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Create inventory build plans to meet seasonal demand
  • Create plans to achieve targeted inventory and schedule compliance
  • Effectively and efficiently manage the supply chain for Kroger
  • Utilize current and future technology and processes to continually improve planning skills
  • Lead cross-functional efforts to validate data, refine information, identify risk factors and build contingency plans to optimize outcomes
  • Leverage aggregated enterprise volumes and supplier relationships across businesses
  • Implement the lowest total cost of ownership for each production line and supply chain segment by optimizing the planning cycle
  • Collaborate closely with the plants staff and internal teams (Sourcing, Corporate Food Technology and the Lead Team) to identify and align with their expectations
  • Establish plant, and specific production line priorities based on benefits and opportunities and track performance metrics
  • Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe, quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements
  • Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems
  • Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management or related field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Business Objects
  • Strong knowledge of food manufacturing
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent planning and organizing skills
  • Ability to make decisions and implement changes
  • Must be skilled in diplomacy and able to influence effectively
  • 2 years Planning/Buying/Forecasting and plant or division management experience. Manage 1 plant, 30-250 SKUs and 2-6 production lines (Pay Level 7)
  • 4 years Planning/Buying/Forecasting and plant or division management experience. Manage 1-2 plants, 200-350 SKUs and 5-10 production lines (Pay Level 8)
  • 6 years Planning/Buying/Forecasting and plant or division management experience. Manage 1-5 plants, 300-600 SKUs, 7-25 production lines, line complexity and train new members of the team (Pay Level 9)

Desired Previous Job Experience/Education:

  • APICS certified
  • Oracle or SAP planning experience
  • Previously developed and executed plant planning strategies
  • Process management or Quality Improvement Process skills


Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time

Regions: General Office- Cincinnati


Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


Company Overview
Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve customers in 2,782 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states.  Our Family of Companies also operates 2,268 pharmacies, 274 fine jewelry stores, 1,489 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States.  Kroger is dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™ by serving America through food inspiration and uplift and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

 Posting Notes:  OH || Cincinnati || 1014 Vine Street || 45202 || Kroger Manufacturing || None || Management || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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