Plant Logistics Manager – Belvidere, IL

Job Number: 9566
Location(s): Belvidere, IL

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Job Details

Overview & Responsibilities

The Belvidere plant is a key plant in the North America Retail (NAR) supply chain, supporting the Snacks Operating Unit and Convenience & Foodservice (C&F) Operating Segment. The plant makes crunchy, chewy and soft baked bars, and packs a variety of sizes of bowl pack cereal for the C&F Segment. The plant is currently investing in two LaraBar lines. The plant has approximately 550 employees.

The Logistics Manager is expected to be an active member of the plant leadership team and help set the direction for the entire site of approximately 550 employees (100 salaried leaders, 450 wage team members). This position interacts with the Headquarter (HQ) Logistics Operations and the business teams. This position reports to the Plant Manager and has a dotted line into the North American Logistics function. The Logistics Manager is responsible for planning and logistics operations for the entire Plant. The Logistics Manager is also a member of the site leadership team and will be expected to help set tactical as well as strategic direction for the site. In addition to this work, this role will be expected to work with the business team ensuring success for in materials and planning that will provide savings opportunities.   

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Champion a belief in zero human and food safety incidents and drive safety improvements in the Logistics organization and throughout the plant
  • Drive a continuous improvement culture that improves plant operating results while maximizing customer service
  • Exemplify Servant Leadership and establish and maintain positive employee relations environment in the Logistics organization and throughout the plant
  • Support the plant’s Zero Loss Culture (ZLC) mission and lead gap closure and process standardization for the Logistics organization
  • Play to win as an active member of the Plant Senior Leadership Team and provide counsel and support on key Logistics initiatives
  • Direct and lead plant staff in the development, prioritization, and implementation of key initiatives in support of the plant Master Plan and key Logistics priorities
  • Act as a liaison between the plant and Operating Unit (OU)/Segment and support growth plans by ensuring the optimal flow and costs associated with new product introductions, reformulations, and line extensions
  • Develop and own the Logistics budget. Develop and implement pipeline of productivity/Holistic Margin Mangement (HMM) ideas that support the plant, OU, and Supply Chain needs.
  • Develop and communicate plans that ensure Logistics programs continue to meet changing customer service requirements
  • Lead, mentor and develop Logistics team members and establish an effective Logistics Management Associate (LMA) program rotation
  • Participate in Logistics specific project teams to drive network-wide process improvements and standardization 
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in any major
  • 7 years minimum of related expereince; 8+ years preferred
  • Commitment to Safety and Continuous Improvement
  • Breadth of Logistics experience across divisions and/or channels
  • Strong understanding of overall plant operations
  • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of logistics upon the greater Supply Chain
  • Thorough knowledge of logistics operations, procedures and information systems (e.g. WMS/RedPrairie, SAP, scheduling, planning)
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to drive change
  • Strong conceptual, analytical and decision-making skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Ability to engage, motivate, and develop others 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous plant or warehouse management experience
  • Demonstrated capabilities at managing and developing people
  • Some project management experience 

CB1

Overview & Responsibilities

The Belvidere plant is a key plant in the North America Retail (NAR) supply chain, supporting the Snacks Operating Unit and Convenience & Foodservice (C&F) Operating Segment. The plant makes crunchy, chewy and soft baked bars, and packs a variety of sizes of bowl pack cereal for the C&F Segment. The plant is currently investing in two LaraBar lines. The plant has approximately 550 employees.

The Logistics Manager is expected to be an active member of the plant leadership team and help set the direction for the entire site of approximately 550 employees (100 salaried leaders, 450 wage team members). This position interacts with the Headquarter (HQ) Logistics Operations and the business teams. This position reports to the Plant Manager and has a dotted line into the North American Logistics function. The Logistics Manager is responsible for planning and logistics operations for the entire Plant. The Logistics Manager is also a member of the site leadership team and will be expected to help set tactical as well as strategic direction for the site. In addition to this work, this role will be expected to work with the business team ensuring success for in materials and planning that will provide savings opportunities.   

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Champion a belief in zero human and food safety incidents and drive safety improvements in the Logistics organization and throughout the plant
  • Drive a continuous improvement culture that improves plant operating results while maximizing customer service
  • Exemplify Servant Leadership and establish and maintain positive employee relations environment in the Logistics organization and throughout the plant
  • Support the plant’s Zero Loss Culture (ZLC) mission and lead gap closure and process standardization for the Logistics organization
  • Play to win as an active member of the Plant Senior Leadership Team and provide counsel and support on key Logistics initiatives
  • Direct and lead plant staff in the development, prioritization, and implementation of key initiatives in support of the plant Master Plan and key Logistics priorities
  • Act as a liaison between the plant and Operating Unit (OU)/Segment and support growth plans by ensuring the optimal flow and costs associated with new product introductions, reformulations, and line extensions
  • Develop and own the Logistics budget. Develop and implement pipeline of productivity/Holistic Margin Mangement (HMM) ideas that support the plant, OU, and Supply Chain needs.
  • Develop and communicate plans that ensure Logistics programs continue to meet changing customer service requirements
  • Lead, mentor and develop Logistics team members and establish an effective Logistics Management Associate (LMA) program rotation
  • Participate in Logistics specific project teams to drive network-wide process improvements and standardization 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in any major
  • 7 years minimum of related expereince; 8+ years preferred
  • Commitment to Safety and Continuous Improvement
  • Breadth of Logistics experience across divisions and/or channels
  • Strong understanding of overall plant operations
  • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of logistics upon the greater Supply Chain
  • Thorough knowledge of logistics operations, procedures and information systems (e.g. WMS/RedPrairie, SAP, scheduling, planning)
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to drive change
  • Strong conceptual, analytical and decision-making skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Ability to engage, motivate, and develop others 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous plant or warehouse management experience
  • Demonstrated capabilities at managing and developing people
  • Some project management experience 

CB1

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