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Supply Chain Specialist

Elmhurst, IL · Manufacturing

A High Growth, Entrepreneurial Plant-Based Protein Company

Established in 2018, Greenleaf Foods is a leading consumer plant-based protein company committed to shaping the future of plant-based eating.

Our portfolio of plant-based protein brands includes Lightlife Foods and Field Roast Grain Meat Co.  Lightlife products inspire clean, nourishing health with a simple ingredient deck and great taste the entire family will enjoy. Lightlife is proud to make the country’s #1 brand of tempeh the #1 plant-based hot dog. Field Roast is known for bringing food enthusiasts together with globally inspired flavors, whole-food ingredients and innovative processes that make its plant-based meats and cheeses. Together, the brands feature more than 50 products and represent a leading market position in the plant-based protein category.

Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact on a fast-growing company? Greenleaf Foods is headquartered 20 miles outside of Chicago in Elmhurst, IL and is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods, Canada’s leading protein company. We have operations in Seattle, WA; Shelbyville, IN; and Turners Falls, MA. Our 500 associates embrace a strong, values-based culture and take pride in doing what’s right for our consumers, customers and communities.  Each Greenleaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We thrive in an engaging, open and fast-paced environment. We support one another to grow professionally and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.

Supply Chain Specialist

The Opportunity:        

As a member of the Procurement team, the Supply Specialist is responsible for optimizing inventory management of materials at our facilities to meet service level targets and minimize capital tied up in stock. This team member will also, facilitate new product launches and changes to existing products, minimize material write-offs, resolve issues relating to product delivery and supports cost savings projects. The Supply Specialist plays a key role in close collaboration with our Plants, Commercial Teams, Supply Chain teams, Sourcing Teams and the Supplier Community and is a highly valued member of the Procurement Operations and Governance Team.

A snapshot of some of the exciting things you will do:

  • Analyze MRP demand signals to place outline agreements (contracts) with suppliers.

  • Optimize inventory management by carefully balancing appropriate level of supply to allow flexibility, minimize overstock in keeping with our sustainability and financial goals

  • Build strong supplier relationship to mitigate risks around undesired long / short inventory as well as resolving supply shortages, understanding the root causes and recommending corrective actions.

  • Collaborate with cross functional teams to manage day to day activities, request for quotes with suppliers, materials are set-up for ordering, extended to all relevant locations, and ensure goods are delivered to the plants to enable business continuity.

  • Grow our brands by working in partnership with Commercial and Plant teams to facilitate new product launches, minimize risks and ensure new launch critical timelines are met.

  • Work closely with sourcing team on cost savings projects, booking volume contracts, using tools to add agreements into SAP and learn how to negotiate with suppliers.

  • Make continuous improvement recommendations that remove waste and add value to our existing processes.

  • Obtain a practical knowledge of commodities & services supporting Maple Leaf’s manufacturing operations

  • Develop an understanding of cost models supporting procurement processes enabling appropriate cash flow and profit enhancement recommendations.

What you will bring:

  • 1-2 years of relevant experience (this is an entry-level role)

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Preference will be given to recent graduates (1-2 years post-graduation) 

  • Proficient procurement systems skills (i.e. SAP competence, Ariba, Excel, MRP/ERP)

  • Excellent analytical & problem-solving skills, exercise good judgement and critical thinking

  • Strong interpersonal skills and maintain collaborative relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders

  • Well organized with attention to detail and ability to prioritize time sensitive activities

  • Strong oral & written communication skills

  • Highly motivated to learn and grow, both personally and professionally

  • Take initiative to increase process efficiency and drive cost out

  • Foster a diverse and inclusive work environment

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