Supply Chain Planner at KeHE Distributors

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Overview

Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

Sound good?

KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

Primary Responsibilities

The Supply Chain Planner, operating within the specialty and natural food industry and working with retailers and suppliers, is responsible for purchasing, logistics management, inventory management, supplier operations management, and replenishment. The Supply Chain Planner will work with multiple product categories to include: specialty grocery, natural, dairy, deli and frozen food products. With general supervision the Supply Chain Planner will work cooperatively and cross-functionally with other team members in sales, demand planning, category management, business excellence, transportation, warehouse operations, account management, accounting, brokers, manufacturers, and inbound freight shippers. As with all positions at KeHE, we expect that all actions will be consistent with KeHE's Mission, Vision and Values.

Essential Functions

  • Become the product planning expert for assigned products & categories.
  • Achieve established service level requirements.
  • Achieve inventory level targets as measured by dollar level, turns, and freshness.
  • Manage gross condemned spoils to target level requirements.
  • End-to-End PO execution.
  • Assist in the negotiation of vendor logistics terms and conditions.
  • Coordinate and lead supplier relations partnership discussions to include inbound performance, on time performance, lead time, long term manufacturer unavailability, and system parameter alignment.
  • Ensure that the lowest cost-to-deliver decisions are made during the purchasing process by working cross-functionally with marketing, transportation, and warehouse operations.
  • Coordinate and potentially lead planning continuous improvements initiatives.
  • Assist with Supply Network Optimization analysis and planning.
  • Effectively communicate any Advanced Order (AOM) issues to include product availability issues, lead time issues, etc.
  • Provide strategic analysis and recommendations to decision makers in Operations, Finance, and Sales relating to long-term product, market and channel trend.
  • Anticipate total network inventory position impacts of sales promotional/seasonal volume projections, new item introductions and obsolete item discontinuation and manages appropriate DRP system parameters to meet inventory targets.
  • Determine the most efficient and cost effective supply plan within a multi-distribution environment.
  • Balance supply levels in order to most effectively utilize company resources for each DC while maintaining targeted inventory levels and service levels.
  • Manage the excess inventory process for assigned product groups.
  • Make recommendations to sell inventory to secondary accounts, transfer inventory to alternate DC's to minimize excess, or to identify product to repack thereby limiting product destruction exposure.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Purchasing/Supply Management, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related field preferred. Combination of education and related industry experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of 2 years of related experience required.
  • Basic understanding of transportation, warehousing, supply-chain execution software and third-party logistics required.

Qualifications / Additional Skills / Aptitude:

  • A thorough knowledge of procurement and logistics preferred.
  • Food industry demand planning and purchasing experience in a similar buyer role preferred.
  • Proficiency in using a desktop computer, including Microsoft Office software, and especially Excel preferred.
  • Ability to manage large volumes of data.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Talent communicating effectively both orally and in writing with people at all organizational levels.
  • Ability to effectively manage a wide variety of tasks simultaneously and often with time conflicting pressures
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and effectively in a team environment.
  • JDA Demand, E3, and/or NTS (AS400) experience is strongly preferred.
  • Strong analytical and thinking skills.
  • Ability to learn new skills.
  • Possess a sense of urgency and attention to detail.
  • Talent communicating effectively both orally and in writing with people at all organizational levels.
  • Ability to effectively manage a wide variety of tasks simultaneously and often with time conflicting pressures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and effectively in a team environment.

Requisition ID

2021-12747
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Location

Easy commute off of I-88 | Walking distance to variety of cuisine options | LA Fitness in the complex (where you get a major discount) | ample parking

An Insider's view of KeHE Distributors

What’s the vibe like in the office?

KeHE is the perfect blend of hard work and diverse culture while maintaining a vibe that is fun and collaborative. It's not just a group of professionals paid to do the work, but instead everyone is part of a team working towards a common goal.

Moe Khan

Sr. Software Automation Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As the Manager of UI/UX Design, we work alongside & collaborate daily with engineers, product managers, and KeHE stakeholders to advocate UX & consistency across applications. The most exciting part about working for KeHE, besides the great people, is innovation - leading us to deliver high quality digital solutions transforming the food industry.

Ashley Plumb

User Experience Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Engineering isn't just about writing code. Understanding the needs of our users and translating those needs into a better product is a huge part of our day-to-day. Writing clean, performant code is fun and exciting, but if we don't deliver a functional product to our users at the end of the day, none of that matters.

Daniel

Lead Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

This year, the IT department at KeHE held their inaugural hackathon. It gave us the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen friendships in the spirit of friendly competition, as well as work with new and emerging technology. I cannot wait to see what is in store for next year’s hackathon!

Anthony Gacek

Software Engineer

What are KeHE Distributors Perks + Benefits

KeHE Distributors Benefits Overview

We are proud of our comprehensive benefits package - one that protects our employees and their families. Some benefits are provided automatically at no cost. Other benefits are available by choice. The benefits we offer are an important part of our total rewards which includes pay, benefits, and long-term career growth. Unique to being an employee-owned company, our team members are eligible to receive shares in the company through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan. For our tech teams, remote work will continue to be an option.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
-Company-paid STD policy at 60% of weekly earnings -Company-paid LTD at 50% of weekly earnings
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
3 Medical Options: - BCBS Health Care Plan (Full FSA allowed) - BCBS Health Savings Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed) - BCBS Value Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed Company pays majority of premium
Life Insurance
Company-paid policy 1.5 x annualized salary.
Wellness Programs
-Virgin Pulse (Opportunity to earn up to $300 incentive yearly. -Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych -Free biometric screenings
Mental Health Benefits
-Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
What is an ESOP? An ESOP is a retirement plan known as an “employee stock ownership” plan. Under this type of Plan, the Company makes contributions into employees’ accounts.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
KeHE may match charitable contributions for our "KeHE Cares" partners for special circumstances.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Through KeHE's Flexible Spending Account option, employees can set aside pre-tax dollars towards child care expenses.
Flexible Work Schedule
For corporate and sales, we offer in-office flex, hybrid, and 100% remote opportunities that are position-specific.
Remote Work Program
A select number of positions in corporate and sales offer the ability to work 100% remote.
Family Medical Leave
In addition to FMLA, KeHE offers an additional 12 weeks of medical leave (unpaid) with supporting medical documentation.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Gym discounts nationwide.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Monthly earnings of $20-60/mo. for remote positions meant to subsidize cell phone and/or internet coverage.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We offer $2500 annually for continuing education.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
In addition to the 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, KeHE also provides you with the opportunity to share in the company’s financial success through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. KeHE will make contributions on your
behalf to the ESOP. You do not contribute any of your own money.

ESOP Highlights:
• The plan provides eligible employees an opportunity to share in the profitability and growth of KeHE and to earn additional income for retirement.
• The plan provides a stake in the company’s success.
• The ESOP is not directly affected by the ups and downs of the stock market.
• What we do each day and how the company performs directly impacts the ESOP.

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