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Sr Mgr, Distribution, Warehouse & Inventory

Do you have the appetite to Grow Your Magic?

Consumers everywhere are increasingly conscious of the quality of the food they eat. Puratos develops, produces and distributes a unique range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers who demand the very highest quality.

Founded in Belgium in 1919, Puratos is growing rapidly with over 9000 employees in over 70 countries. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This, coupled with our commitment to our communities, is what makes working at Puratos so magical.


Position Overview

The Senior Manager, Warehouse, Distribution & Inventory is a member of the US Supply Chain leadership team with functional responsibility for warehouse operations, freight, material flow to customers, intercompany material flow and inventory management/control. This position will oversee both day to day execution as well as provide a long-term vision for an optimal US warehouse network.


Primary Responsibilities

• People: Develop direct reports through frequent coaching, establish clear goals and jointly monitor progress against the goals.

• Safety: Create a Safety-First culture in the distribution centers, standardizing training and leveraging training provided by Group. Live the Safety-First culture when on-site. Establish and monitor KPIs to measure site safety.

• Continuously optimizing the warehouse functions across four distribution centers including space/capacity planning, inventory management and shipping/receiving.

• Continuously optimize intercompany material flow, minimizing cost and maximizing service. Specifically, improve the daily transfers from the Pennsauken manufacturing facility to the Pennsauken distribution center to maximize service to customers.

• Establish a standard inventory control plan for four distribution centers and three manufacturing locations. Roll the plan out to all locations and monitor effectiveness.

• Establish and/or refine a centralized process for monitoring and minimizing slow moving finished goods and commodities to minimize inefficiencies.

• Standardize use of systems (SAP, Roadshow) across all locations and implement best practices. Create a training plan to fully utilize these systems.

• Develop and implement a plan to minimize freight cost while maximizing service. Lead the relationship with the 3rd party freight broker, constantly evolving the relationship with Puratos. Evaluate switching brokers or bringing freight management in-house periodically

• Provide KPIs to Supply Chain for weekly and monthly review.

• Provide strong input for annual warehousing and distribution budgets. Budgets should reflect current market costs, a view on market direction and continuous cost savings initiatives.



Education Requirements

  • Minimum: 4 Year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Supply Chain/Materials/Logistics management or business-related field.
  • Preferred: Graduate Degree

Years Of Experience

  • Minimum 5 yrs / Maximum 7 yrs
  • 5-7 Years supply chain, material, logistics and warehousing management experience with the last two years in a managerial role

Prior Knowledge/Experience

  • Must have knowledge of warehouse management systems, replenishment methodology and industrial engineering methods/techniques including bills of materials and routings, inventory control techniques, materials logistics and flow - FIFO, traffic management and ERP/MRP practices and techniques.
  • Proficient in spreadsheet, database and presentation including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be experienced in working with SAP. • Exceptional written & verbal communication skills. Written and verbal Spanish an asset.
  • Proven team player, able to work collaboratively at all levels and builds partnerships with crossfunctional teams.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, influence, presentation and follow-up skills.
  • Self-motivated and must be persuasive in presenting ideas and managing their implementation.
  • Success will be measured by key service and efficiency KPIs: service levels, NOTIF, volume throughput, inventory turns, overall warehouse cost, overall freight cost, inefficiency cost and equipment utilization (cost per labor hour, cost per lb., lbs. per labor hour, volume per truck, volume per route).