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Plant Supply Chain Manager

Department: MFG Management
Post End Date:
Position Type: Employee
Position Reports To: Site Leader, Plant Senior Operations Leader
Position Supervises: Supply Chain Team
Pay Level: 8 - 10
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Facilitate the highest supply chain efficiency from supplier to store shelf, with lowest shelf delivered cost. Monitor and streamline procedures for production, purchasing, product configuration, warehousing, distribution and financial forecasting. Direct the movement, storage and processing of inventory with focus on most efficient levels for the entire Kroger supply chain. Perform all jobs safely, efficiently and accurately to maintain and improve the performance of the plant in the areas of Safety, Quality, Reliability (SQR) and our Customer 1st strategy. Provide leadership that embodies our 7 Kroger Manufacturing High Performance Work System principles. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Stay current on improvements and technologies within planning and materials management
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Network with Kroger material supply managers to incorporate best practices and lead innovative synergies
  • Partner with merchandizing and sales planning to optimize production and procurement activity for customer requirements
  • Master PRISM inventory control software and advocate its use for inventory accuracy
  • Manage ordering of all ingredients, packaging materials and all purchased finished goods to satisfy production requirements
  • Manage production scheduling process to optimize customer service, working capital and reliability
  • Develop processes/procedures to foster continuous improvement and accountability between departments within team and with external suppliers
  • Help establish and manage finished goods and raw material budgets
  • Coordinate production for all new products introduced
  • Manage inventory and supply of out-sourced finished good items from vendors sold by the plant
  • Provide commodity, ingredient, and packaging buyers with timely projections on requested items
  • Provide Marketing with information on slow-moving items and work to eliminate product going out of date
  • 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 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/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in logistics or related field
  • 4 years of supply chain management experience in the food industry
  • Strong planning, organizational, and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to synthesize complex information, identify data relationships and dependencies, and design workflows and procedures
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skill
  • Ability to foster collaborative working relationships
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient Microsoft office skills

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • 6 years of related experience in the food industry dealing with supply chain management (pay level 9)
  • Understanding of integrated planning systems; Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP) (pay level 10)
  • Strong background in food processing and packaging (pay level 10)



Leadership Behaviors: Achieves Results through Teamwork, Coaches and Develops Others, Communicates Effectively and Candidly, Executes with Excellence, Leads Change and Innovation, Leads through Positive Influence, Provides Clear and Strategic Direction, Puts the Customer First. For more information on the Kroger Leadership Behavior model, click here.



Education Level: Bachelor's Desired
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None

Regions: Any; General Office- Cincinnati; Mid-Atlantic; Midwest; Mountain; South; West


Nearest Major Market: Wichita

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