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Procurement Operations Lead - Vitamins / Supplements

Company: Mars
Location: Germantown
Posted on: October 16, 2020

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Job Purpose:

The Commercial Operations Manager will focus on leading all operational, in-bound supply chain activities with Mars' Edge direct suppliers with a focus on Co-Manufacturers and Ingredient Suppliers. The Commercial Operations Manager will closely partner with internal stakeholders including Supply, R&D, External Manufacturer/Supplier Quality, and Marketing on new product development and launches, as well as cost savings and product improvement projects. The role will also support Commercial and Quality Compliance activities Including ERP data management.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Execute the In-bound Supply Chain Strategy including supporting existing product production and executing new product launches, cost savings projects, and product improvement projects
  • Utilize the Lean / Six Sigma Process to analyze, develop and execute the operational strategy to ensure sustainable direct materials supply to meet the business needs
  • Work closely with Strategic Sourcing, R&D and Supply to identify, develop, and maximize the cost reduction opportunities through developing a cost savings productivity pipeline cost savings
  • Partners closely with Strategic Sourcing Managers to align on the category sourcing strategy, largely with a focus on Co-Manufacturing. Develop operational execution plan for these strategies, including, but not limited to, qualification of new material and new suppliers, measure and manage supplier performance, inventory planning and adherence and the company's sustainability objectives
  • Lead the risk mitigation plan for the inbound supply chain to ensure competitive and continuous supply including issue resolution
  • Responsible for the support of all new product launches, line extensions, and execution of continuous improvement programs as it relates to direct materials working closely with key business stakeholders (ie: Strategic Sourcing, Quality, R&D, Supply, Finance, Marketing and Sales)
  • Work closely with Supplier Quality Assurance to ensure the suppliers meet the quality standard and mitigate potential supplier quality and food safety issues.
  • Lead Microsoft Navision (ERP) activities to support in-bound supply chain activities and Commercial and Quality compliance

    Context and Scope:

    • The role will work closely with the Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager to develop Co-Manufacturing and other direct and indirect category strategies, and will be responsible for executing the sourcing strategies.
    • The role will work closely with R&D, Quality, and Supply on new product development, cost savings, and product Improvement projects to ensure operational activities are completed and project timelines are met.
    • The role will work closely with External Manufacturing, Supplier, and Warehousing Quality to ensure products are shipped, stored, and produced safely and in compliance with Mars and industry standards.
    • The role will represent Commercial In the MSS S&OP process and project commercialization teams.
    • The role will largely support Mars Symbioscience, and will support Mars Edge (foodspring, GoMo) If and when supply chain and operational activities arise.


      • Strong analytical skills with thought leadership that drives strategy and execution
      • Strong project management skills
      • Sound interpersonal skills enabling the incumbent to work effectively with cross-functional teams and with external suppliers and co-manufacturers
      • Computer skills (ie: Excel). Experience in SAP, Microsoft Navision or other ERP systems is required
      • Experience managing global sourcing activities a plus

        Job Specifications/Qualifications:

        • Minimum: Bachelor's Degree required in Supply Chain, Procurement, Logistics or related field
        • Minimum: 3-5 years experience in Supply Chain, Procurement, and Project Management in a progressive and dynamic environment
        • Experience in the Vitamin/Supplement space a plus


Keywords: Mars, Germantown , Procurement Operations Lead - Vitamins / Supplements, Professions , Germantown, Maryland

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