June 2017 Print

Featured Supply Chain News

Food Service Industry Collaboration Will Drive Supply Chain Transformation

Restaurant industry sales in the United States are expected to reach $799 billion in 2017. That’s a lot of burgers, chicken, fries, salads, burritos and milkshakes!

While top line revenue growth is moderate, the market research company NPD Group reports that U.S. foodservice traffic actually declined in 2016. One of the key factors is changing consumer tastes. Market research company Datassential found that America’s top 300 chain restaurants and convenience stores introduced a staggering 5,113 new menu items over the past 12 months in the effort to appeal to changing consumer tastes.  “What is interesting is not the types of items that are new, what’s in them,” said Jack Li, who is a member of the Datassential research team.  According to Datassential, chain restaurants have been betting on trendy ingredients including kale and quinoa, items you never would have found on a chain restaurant menu just a few years ago.

Larry Oberkfell, President and CEO of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) sees this as a wake-up call for the industry.  “The consumer votes with their feet and if we are to win their dollar then all players in the supply chain must work together to give them what they want. And there is a lot at stake to do so.  The food service industry is the second largest private employer in the United States and counts nearly 15 million among its workforce (10% of the overall U.S. workforce).”

IFMA, together with HAVI, a supply chain management firm with deep expertise in food service, and Kinetic12, a food industry management consulting firm, are orchestrating a Supply Chain Optimization initiative. The initiative is the first of its kind in the foodservice industry and is bringing together the biggest brands and suppliers as part of the initiative.  Their collective objective is to evaluate how to optimize supply chain practices across all of the key stakeholders and to address how the movement of foods from farm to fork can bring new offerings to meet changing consumer tastes.

Read the article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevitasek/2017/06/05/food-service-industry-collaboration-will-drive-supply-chain-transformation/#2153b45b5f70

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Upcoming Events

Statistical Alignment of Master Data – Vol. 2: Bigger Data

About the Speaker:

Rohit Parangath CPIM, CSCP, CLTD is the Head of ERP Processes at MilliporeSigma (Merck KGaA, Germany). He joined the company in 2007 and has held various positions in Production Planning, Sales & Operations Planning and Supply Chain Strategy.

Rohit has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions during his employ with MilliporeSigma. Other than his regular duties he also holds SAP Key User responsibilities for Production Planning, Business Warehouse, APO Supply Network Planning, APO Demand Planning and SAP Information Steward.

He grew up in Bangalore, a metropolitan city in southern India and received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore in 2003. He completed his Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering, focusing in Supply Chain Management, from Syracuse University, New York in 2006. Rohit received his CPIM certification in 2011, CSCP in 2012 and CLTD in 2016.

Rohit has been an APICS member since 2005 and a board member of the APICS San Diego Chapter since 2012.

What you will learn:

While Vol. 1 of this PDM series covered Safety Stocks, this episode delves into lot sizing, forecast strategy and inventory control policies.

  • Inter-dependencies between supply chain master data elements
  • Mass calculation of Supply Chain parameters
  • Using an advanced model of the ABC-XYZ analysis matrix.
  • Statistically managing outliers in your demand data.
  • Effectively analyzing lot sizing policies.
  • Alternatives to the Economic Production Quantity (EPQ).
  • Power of 2 production lot sizing policy
  • Segmental analysis of Supply Chain KPIs.



$38.00 [Non-Member]
$40.00 after 05:30 pm June 12

$28.00 [APICS Member]
$30.00 after 05:30 pm June 12

Space is limited, register today at: http://apics-sd.org/meetinginfo.php?id=109

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Education Spotlight

CLTD – Summer Wednesdays [ Carlsbad]

The APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation assess individuals based on a comprehensive body of knowledge, best practices and standards for those in the logistics, transportation and distribution industries.

Earning the CLTD credential makes you a recognized expert in the logistics, transportation and distribution fields. Certification demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a broad range of topics to set you apart from your colleagues — proving your high level of knowledge and skills. The CLTD will make you a more valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s global economy.

This 10-week (4 hours per week) course will guide students through the APICS CLTD Learning System.

The new APICS CLTD exam consists of eight content areas. To earn the CLTD certification, you must master each of the following:

Module 1: Logistics and Supply Chain Overview

  •         Logistics Fundamentals
  •         Logistics Strategy within the Supply Chain
  •         Lean Logistics


Module 2: Capacity Planning and Demand Management

  •         Aligning Supply and Demand
  •         Translating Demand into Capacity Planning
  •         Demand Management
  •         Sourcing and Procurement of Inventory


Module 3: Supply Chain Improvements and Best Practices

  •         Customer Relationship Management
  •         Order Management
  •         Customer Service Management


Module 4: Inventory and Warehouse Management

  •         Inventory Management in Logistics
  •         Inventory Management Methods
  •         Inventory Control
  •         Warehousing Strategy and Management
  •         Packaging and Materials Handling


Module 5: Transportation

  •         Transportation Fundamentals
  •         Modes of Transportation
  •         Transportation Management


Module 6: Global Logistics Considerations

  •         Infrastructure and System
  •         Regulations
  •         Customs Clearing and Documentation
  •         Finance and Payment Options
  •         Currency and Tax Considerations


Module 7: Logistics Network Design

  •         Facilities Planning
  •         Distribution Network Design
  •         Risk Management


Module 8: Reverse Logistics and Sustainability

  •         Reverse Logistics
  •         Sustainability


The registration fee for this course includes the APICS CLTD Learning System materials and on-line tools.

Please note that fees for taking the CLTD exam is separate and has to be booked via Pearson Vue.


$1,700.00 [APICS Member]
$1,750.00 after 12:00 am June 14

$1,900.00 [Non-Member]
$1,950.00 after 12:00 am June 14

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Classified Ads


SupplyPro is a privately held, global, high-growth technology company producing inventory management solutions. The company is strategically positioned to improve productivity, increase efficiency and reduce inventory costs to its customers, through industry-leading intelligence software and flexible and customizable inventory management systems. 

We are looking for a Buyer III who will under limited supervision, procures raw materials and outside supplier services at the lowest possible cost consistent with accepted standards of quality and service to meet company cost and schedule targets. This position analyzes quotes for goods and services and evaluates against cost targets to ensure that the required service levels are met at the lowest total cost of ownership.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Uses data on supplier reliability, response time and total cost of ownership to evaluate vendor choices.
  • Selects or recommends suppliers, solicits bids, negotiates prices and purchasing terms, analyzes and evaluates responses, presents proposals for management approval.
  • Responsible for continuously improving the total cost of ownership for the company inventory.
  • Experience with procurement legal and contractual implications, for domestic and global procurement.
  • Evaluation, negotiation and coordination with carriers, brokers, duty, customs and different modes of transportation for materials procured overseas. Experience with global logistics and familiar with use of incoterms, shipping documents, and carrier selection.
  • Works with suppliers to review and improve their costs, quality, reliability, and ability to meet schedule and budgetary requirements.
  • Manage supplier relationships to support effective coordination and forecast information.
  • Act as a liaison for early supplier involvement in new product design.
  • Validate purchase action messages, place purchase orders, and purchase order releases as defined by purchasing strategies and approval guidelines.
  • Monitor and verify supplier delivery, approve payment, and maintain related records.
  • Support the resolution of non-conforming material discrepancies with suppliers.
  • Support consistent implementation of best practice supply chain solutions to enable low cost, reliable on time delivery of material.
  • Experience with procurement of multiple commodities including tools, sheet metal, contract manufactured assemblies, electronic components, software, packaging materials, and business services.
  • Analyze customer orders and ensure material availability, anticipate supplier delivery issues and proactively pursue resolution before impact to delivery schedules.



  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Demonstrate outstanding communication and customer service interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with electronic components, and sheet metal procurement.
  • Experience with procurement in a make to order environment highly desirable.
  • Experience with domestic suppliers as well as global suppliers in China and Mexico.
  • Domestic & International logistics experience.
  • Experience with 3PL warehousing and transportation services.
  • Strong computer skills and proficient with various software applications (MS Office).
  • Strong experience with ERP systems.
  • Able to read and understand bills of materials and engineering drawings.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience implementing and executing material replenishment using min-max, periodic review, kan-ban, VMI and blanket POs strategies.
  • Manage contract manufacturing of assemblies.
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and multi-task.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment. 



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and work experience and a minimum of 7 years of experience.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
  • APICS or ISM certification a plus.
  • Excellent customer service skills.


SupplyPro is a great place to work! We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package with excellent and affordable health coverage, 3+ weeks of PTO, 9 paid holidays, and a casual work environment. We have also just moved into a brand new and fantastic workplace. To apply, please send your resume and salary requirements to jobs@supplypro.com.  

SupplyPro is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


Are you looking for an exciting opportunity?

We currently have a full-time opening for a Master Data Analyst in Carlsbad, CA.  If you are looking for a fast paced environment where you can make a difference every day, then this is the opportunity for you!  This position is responsible for analyzing and improving the Product Master Data that are fundamental to business processes that touch and influence the customer experience. Relevant systems and processes include, but are not limited to: ERP/MRP, Oracle, WMS, and data quality systems. This position will work closely with both Business Process Key Users to investigate, design, and implement improvements in data creation and maintenance processes, rule based product configurations, and streamlined processes to support the data reliability to our customers.

 Your day will be very busy… you will:

  • Extract, manipulate, and summarize data records in a meaningful way that clearly communicates data quality to key stakeholders.
  • Initiate investigations into data quality to further analyze and report on areas of need and improvement in support of customers, both internal and external.
  • Develop methodologies for testing data quality and recommend tools to view, analyze, and report on these opportunities.
  • Ensure sales reporting item attributes for newly added items are accurately loaded in Oracle.
  • Lead ad hoc efforts to mass create or change product master data in support of new product launches, business process changes, or other project work.
  • Improve, develop, test, and establish mass change procedures and methodologies.
  • Perform systematic cleanup of sales reporting categories for existing items.
  • Troubleshoot user problems within the current master data sets.
  • Identify and implement process improvements and effective enhancements to support an enhanced customer experience.


The right person to join our team... 

Demonstrates ownership and accountability; the ability to synthesize disparate data/data sources to work with all types of master data that supports the supply chain; to create internal and external communications and disseminate information effectively; to collaborate effectively across functions and with all levels of management; demonstrates comfort with ambiguity; to lead and influence others effectively.

 What your background will be:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management or Logistics with 3+ years of experience in Product Management, Material Management, Data Management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2+ years of ERP/MRP Master Data creation and maintenance with a focus on Material/Item Masters. Transacting in Oracle systems strongly preferred.
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant numbers of requests, transactions, and records in an enterprise level master data system.
  • Attention to detail with high degree of accuracy
  • Customer focused with an emphasis on clear and effective communication.  Act as a facilitator between Supply Chain and all internal stakeholders.
  • Dataloader, SQL, or similar mass update and creation tools preferred. Script/Loading design is a plus.
  •  Microsoft Excel and office suite experience required.


In 2015 Breg was awarded The National Business Research Institute (NBRI) circle of Excellence Award for employee engagement AND Breg has been awarded as one of the Best Places to work in San Diego in 2014 by “The U-T San Diego Top Workplaces”

If you meet the requirements above and would like to apply for this position, please visit our website at www.breg.com and click on the ‘Careers’ section.

Breg is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and dedicated to a diverse work force and Drug Free work environment. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.


ASPYRE has partnered with a client in the technology space that is seeking a Director of Purchasing. The ideal candidate will have at least 10+ years progressive experience in procurement with extensive experience in the high tech/manufacturing industry, preferably 4+ years of experience working in a Contract Manufacturing supply chain environment, experience as a Materials or Supply Chain Manager, and a solid track record meeting substantial material cost reduction targets. Ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree in Purchasing, Production/Operations Management, or Engineering, and NAPM (A.P.P. C.P.M.) or APICS (CPIM, CIRM) certification is highly preferred.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Drive key purchase cost reductions to achieve Corporate target savings annually
  • Lead product development commodity strategies in line with corporate initiatives to improve supply chain efficiencies, flexibility and reduce the total cost of supply chain management.
  • Drives usage of cost models to validate commodity strategies and to understand significant cost drivers.
  • Report to management status of progress and corrective actions as it pertains to supplier performance.
  • Ensure performance improvement and recovery plans are developed, issued, tracked and reported on as required for supply base management and improvement.
  • Negotiate and execute Supplier contracts as needed to support the all business needs.
  • Manages all activities that develop relationships with Suppliers.
  • Develop an overall supply base which creates and sustains a competitive advantage, utilizing global market exploitation, leveraging spend, and leveraging of technologies.
  • Provides support to New Program Teams as required to meet target product cost.
  • Develop the purchasing team to ensure high quality results, effect negotiations, continued talent growth and motivated employees




SeeScan is looking for an experienced Buyer to join the Purchasing team and help ensure the timely purchasing of the company’s materials, supplies, equipment, and services. In this position you will be responsible for following purchasing processes, providing guidance on potential cost saving opportunities for materials and services, and maintaining vendor relationships. You will work with the Procurement, Production, Receiving, Quality, and Engineering teams to achieve a high level of customer satisfaction, and ensure order accuracy and overall quality. Success in this position is critically important to help us maintain our global reputation for delivering top-of-the-line products our customers can depend on.

Our ideal candidate knows how to skillfully balance attention to detail with the bigger picture to set and achieve goals quickly. They are well-organized, resourceful, efficient, and take pride in their work. A team player with a positive attitude will thrive in this role. Embodying integrity and dependability, they’ll help our organization adapt to the challenges ahead and seize opportunities for growth.


  • Plan, schedule, and release production/purchase orders for requirements driven to make-to-order and make-to-stock sales/service/spare parts requirements using ERP system.  This is critical.
  • Follow and improve existing purchasing policies, including ERP parameters, to ensure quality and compliance.
  • Be an expert user of our ERP system, using best practices and sharing expertise with others.
  • Track orders and monitor critical parts list to assure that materials, tools, supplies, and equipment arrive in time to meet customer demands and production schedules.
  • Review EOQs, prepared POs, and requisitions.
  • Coordinate with R&D buyer on special projects and serve as a backup.
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the best pricing and guarantees for goods and services.
  • Maintain strong vendor relationships. Track vendor performance and provide feedback. Discover and recommend new vendors and terminate existing relationships based on performance when needed.
  • Follow environmental and safety regulations and acts in compliance with all state and federal laws.
  • Comply with and promote corporate guidelines on business ethics and safety.



  • Demonstrated project management, problem-solving skills, and keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively, managing multiple projects and shifting priorities as needed.
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience using an ERP system.
  • Full proficiency with MS Office. Advanced MS Excel skills (including formulas, charts, data merges, and use of functions) are a must.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in a business-related discipline.
  • Minimum 6 years of purchasing experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
  • APICS Certification is a plus.



  • Candidates who submit high-quality, thoughtful cover letters stand out.
  • Local candidates only.
  • No visa sponsorship available.
  • SeeScan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


About SeeScan

SeeScan is a 30+ year old, 250-person company focused on delivering groundbreaking, best-of-class products primarily in the plumbing diagnostic and utility locating industries. Our focus on technology, innovative spirit, commitment to excellence and casual work environment make SeeScan a great place to work!

We are a manufacturing and engineering company. We love making things. Whether we are working on products that service our main businesses or the next big thing, we are committed to engineering excellence. We believe the fun in engineering is in the problem solving, and thrive on pushing our limits and continuously improving.

As a privately held company we are free to embrace our passion for out-of-the-box thinking and technical excellence while maintaining a casual work environment. Simply put, we’re successful because we hire great people, give them a mission, and equip them to succeed.

If this opportunity is of interest, please visit http://www.seescan.com/careers/job-opportunities/to apply. Applications must include the following: salary requirement, a thoughtful cover letter, and an up-to-date resume.


Company Overview

Teledyne Marine is a group of leading-edge undersea technology companies that have been assembled by Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. Through acquisitions and collaboration, over the past 10 years Teledyne Marine has evolved into an industry powerhouse, bringing the best of the best together under a single umbrella. Each Teledyne Marine company is a leader in its respective field, with a shared commitment to providing premium products backed by unparalleled service and support.

As part of the Teledyne Marine group, Teledyne Impulse designs and manufactures highly reliable electrical and optical interconnection systems for a broad range of harsh environment applications. We specialize in dry mateable, wet mateable, and underwater mateable standard products, as well as custom product interconnect solutions. From miniature underwater sensor connectors to large vehicle systems, Teledyne Impulse has created many innovative connection solutions.

For more information, visit our website at www.teledynemarine.com.

Teledyne is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, protected Veteran Status, genetics or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  If you need assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please email  teledynerecruitment@teledyne.com or call (805)373-4545.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.  

Position Summary and Responsibilities

General Overview

The Senior Buyer performs a wide variety of purchasing activities in support of achieving organization goals. Responsible for managing assigned commodities and supplier bases for Teledyne Marine companies within the San Diego region and supporting site purchasing activities as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Independently manages critical suppliers that provide products of a highly technical nature to insure optimum performance regarding quality, price, delivery and service.
  • Negotiates high level and complicated agreements including Kanban agreements, Master Supplier Agreements (MSA); evaluates terms and conditions, memorandums of understanding (MOUs), etc.
  • Reviews engineering drawings and/or specifications to determine source selection, develops and solicits RFQs, analyzes and evaluates responses, negotiates prices and terms, awards contracts or places purchase orders.
  • Evaluates supplier performance on a monthly or quarterly basis, leads supplier performance review meetings and writes summary reports.
  • Assesses supplier and commodity risks and implements risk mitigation plans including new supplier sourcing.
  • Establishes optimal supply chain strategy, including supplier base, purchasing activities and inventory management, at a tactical level for responsible commodities to ensure continuity of material supply at the best quality and value.
  • Performs and ensures day-to-day purchasing activities are completed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Gathers and analyzes ERP output data and takes appropriate purchasing actions.
  • Leads and provides NPI project support, as needed.
  • Attends and provides input during project meetings, production whiteboard meetings, sales/planning meetings and material shortage meetings.
  • Provides input to ECOs and processes disposition.
  • Attends MRB meetings and processes supplier returns, replacements and credits.
  • Assists A/P in resolving invoice discrepancies.
  • Mentors less experienced peers through leading them on specific projects or tasks and/or performing selected purchasing administrative tasks.
  • Complies to all ISO and SOX regulations in addition to corporate and company policies and procedures.
  • Continually evaluates company processes and best practices, identifies areas for improvement & working with manager, updates procedures for review and consideration.
  • Adheres to and promotes the core values and behaviors of the organization.
  • Completes tasks and special projects as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities                                                    

This job has no supervisory responsibilities but may provide technical leadership to lower level buyers including carrying out lead responsibilities in accordance with applicable regulations and laws and the organization’s policies and procedures. This includes, but is not limited to training employees


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or completion of a professional certificate program, such as university extended studies, APICS, AME, or ISM certification is highly preferred
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of experience as a purchasing professional in an electronics manufacturing environment, preferably high-mix environment.
  • Previous purchasing experience in PCA, metal and/or plastic fabrication is preferable
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze data and effectively communicate judgments/decisions based on that data to others
  • Intermediate skill in all MS Office applications
  • Demonstrated experience using ERP systems for planning and procurement
  • Demonstrated understanding of the relationship of transactions in ERP for materials movement in purchasing, planning and accounting
  • Demonstrated understanding of manufacturing documentation and interpretation of technical drawings
  • Strong demonstrated understanding of manufacturing assembly processes
  • Experience in supporting NPI projects is preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership skills that bring positive influence to peers and promote team work
  • Must possess U.S. citizenship or be a "U.S. Person". (A U.S. Person is defined as a person who is a lawful permanent resident “Green Card holder” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101 (a)(20) or who is a ”Protected Individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).)


Physical Requirements and Work Environment

The physical/Mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office environment;
  • Sit and stand for prolonged periods of time;
  • Repetitive motion of hands, wrists, arms;
  • Occasional lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs.




The procurement engineering position is responsible for overseeing Supply Chain Commodity Manager activities and deliverables. This position will be the main point of contact with program management and oversee and coordinate the Supply Chain team to ensure that all of the Commodity Manager deliverables are achieved on-time to enable smooth production ramps.   This role oversees the supplier selection, BOM costing, part qualification, design for cost and manufacturability, and supplier readiness to insure a smooth ramp to production.


These may include, but are not limited to:           

  • Acts as Supply Chain Program lead for programs in phase 1 through 4 of the company’s Lean-Product Realization Process (i.e.  Product Life Cycle). Works with Program Management to ensure that all Supply Chain deliverables are met. Program management for the Supply Chain group coordinating schedule and deliverables with Commodity Managers and Buyers.
  • Manages Quoting, Supplier Selection and Costed BOMs for programs.
  • Oversees part qualifications to ensure conforming parts and process margin prior to production.
  • Develops systems and procedures for selecting and monitoring vendors and suppliers to ensure their ability to meet engineering and quality standards and that parts and materials received meet requirements in a cost-effective manner
  • Facilitate the launching of new or improved products/processes, and the transfer of technology from development to commercialization from a Supply Chain perspective
  • Directs and guides the activities of a function responsible for interfacing with product development and supplier engineering to provide materials and components for company product manufacturing
  • Main point of contact for PMs to resolve issues, both within the Supply Chain group and cross functionally.
  • Customer facing responsibility for the Supply Chain organization. Responsible for representing Supply Chain organization in customer meetings and calls.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Education & Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a procurement engineering (or similar) role, commodity management, or similar role(s) in a fast?paced manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience sourcing, negotiating, and buying machined & sheet metal fabrication, plastic molding, PCBA's, cables, harnesses, and other components needed for complex electromechanical assemblies.
  • The candidate must have a strong understanding of the fabrication processes' associated with machined & sheet metal parts, plastic molding, PCBA's, cables, harnesses, and other components needed for complex electro?mechanical assemblies to facilitate negotiating optimum pricing, quality, and delivery. 
  • A four year degree in Engineering or a related field, or equivalent industry experience. A wide range of experience across Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and New Product Introduction. 
  • Experience in global planning capabilities.
  •  APICS CPIM Certification and experience with lean manufacturing is preferred. 


Job Complexity:

Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Networks with senior internal and external personnel in own area of expertise.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent knowledge of product development life cycle and ability to program manage supply chain deliverables from sourcing, costing, and qualifying BOMs to ensure production readiness. Program management skills include ability to effectively communicate/publish program statuses, ability to work cross functionally at the program level, effective issue resolution skills, and ability to effectively manage supply chain resources supporting programs.
  • Must possess a thorough understanding of concepts of inventory flow throughout the supply chain.
  • Comprehensive MRP knowledge, IFS knowledge a plus.
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills with all levels of suppliers and internal customers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, Possesses the ability to motivate and maintain effective working relationships with staff and colleagues. Possesses the ability to successfully work to reach company goals in a fast?paced contract manufacturing environment. 
  • Broad commodity knowledge including sheet metal fabrication, plastic molding, PCBA's, cables, harnesses, and other components needed for complex electro?mechanical assemblies.
  • Proficient in tolerance requirements and process capacities for fabricated parts and assemblies. Ability to work with the design team and suppliers on DFM/DFC/DFQ to ensure healthy design margins at lowest cost are achieved across all fabricated part commodities.
  • Exceptional analytical skills with the ability to analyze and summarize complex data such as bills of material, inspection data, etc..  Assess process capabilities and design margin related to part designs and tolerancing.
  • Advanced skills in using Microsoft software applications Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc..
  • Strong understanding of supply chain methodologies for managing Cost, Quality and Delivery objectives – including possessing the ability to source, qualify, assess, and audit potential suppliers
  • Possesses the ability and desire to work in a fast?paced environment; executing at both a strategic and detailed execution level. Detail oriented with strong follow?through characteristics. 



Normally receives little instruction on day-to-day work, general instructions on new assignments.


Equipment:PC, scanners, facsimile machine, voice mail and e-mail systems, and common office machines or ability to be trained. 

Software Knowledge:  Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)


Physical Activities:  On a continuous basis, sit at desk for a long period of time; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means. Intermittently answer telephone. Some walking and lifting up to 20 lbs. may be required.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This position may require limited travel – 15%

**to apply, please send your resume to jennifer.mauser@dkengr.com


Stone Brewing is in search of an exceptional senior level Production Scheduler with broad expertise in all facets of supply chain including production planning, scheduling, MRP, and inventory management.

In this role, you will create and maintain the brewing and packaging schedule at our Escondido, CA facility but will also work closely with the Richmond, VA facility. This individual will have the opportunity to implement, sustain, and improve MRP capabilities across the supply chain while ensuring inventory is properly balanced so that our fans receive the freshest beer possible.

You will work closely with Planning, Procurement, Production, Engineering, Distribution, and Customer Service teams to maintain production scheduling activities at the brewery, which includes balanced schedules for the packaging line, kegging line, and brewhouse operations, as well as resolving constraints and maintaining excellent communications between stakeholders.

In short, you will help our beer, our company, and fans be amazing!


  • Responsible for creating and managing the production site’s master schedule and then executing resulting schedules for packaging operations and brewing operations
  • Utilize Microsoft Dynamics AX master planning/scheduling/procurement features and ensure system inputs are up-to-date and accurate (cycle times, capacity constraints, BOMs, yields, etc.)
  • Ensure alignment with dynamic sales & inventory targets, lead times, launch dates, ingredient inventories, and external/internal orders
  • Coordinate schedules with Production and Engineering/Maintenance to ensure alignment with work schedules and capacity constraints
  • Recommend, develop, and maintain Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to support objectives
  • Create/maintain daily operations reports and report on plan vs. actuals
  • Lead daily and weekly planning/scheduling meetings to ensure the flow throughout the facility is achievable and reliable
  • Interface with IT/Project Management on enhancements to systems and business processes
  • Provide analytical support for out of stock issues and recommend opportunities for improvement through root cause analysis activities
  • Perform ad hoc analyses per department requests and develop capacity models for brewing and packaging operations
  • Examine production specifications and capacity data, and perform mathematical calculations to determine production processes, tools, and human resource requirements
  • Plan and forecast for future inventory levels based on sales forecast, current inventory levels, and outstanding purchase orders
  • Identify and eliminate obsolete and excess inventory
  • Works with Sales, New Beer Release, Procurement, and Distribution/Logistics to ensure inventory optimization across all Distribution Centers



  • Education: Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university, preferably in Supply Chain, Manufacturing/Operational Management
  • Experience: At least 7 years of related experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably at a large batch production environment such as a brewery, winery, distillery, dairy, pharmaceutical company, or oil company; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Computer Skills: Proficient with MS Office Suite: (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook). Brewing knowledge and/or experience preferred.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: APICS certification or similar educational credentials in combination with relevant work experience is required.
  • Travel Requirements: occasional travel required to other Stone building locations


Stone Brewing Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to workforce diversity. M/F/D/V are encouraged to apply.

Pre-employment drug screening, physical, and background check are required.


We are in search of an exceptional Senior Planning Manager who brings deep experience in multiple facets of Supply Chain, Master Scheduling, Material Planning and Management, Procurement, and Product Management in a multi-site Consumer Packaged Goods environment to be responsible for defining, establishing, and leading the formal S&OP process at Stone Brewing Co.

Working under the supervision of the Director of Operations and Programs, and with multiple stakeholders, you will be the designer, architect, and ongoing leader of the Sales & Operations Planning function, and as such, you bring all the relevant expertise to define processes, identify tools, and recruit key positions into the function, including at least one Master Scheduler.

Through ongoing collaboration with our Brewery Operations, Sales, Finance, Procurement and other senior management from various functions across multiple global sites, this individual will be responsible for aggregate supply and demand balancing, including perpetual management of long range material and capacity plans, establishment of long range production plans that will support planned sales growth and inventory objectives, and identification of critical material or capacity constraints that may lead to strategic acquisitions or partnerships to ensure uninterrupted supply of Stone beer to our fans.

You will support key initiatives by driving cross functional improvements across multiple sites, enabling the company to better deliver, delight its customers, and grow. In short, you will help our beer, our company, and fans be amazing!

Responsibilities include:

  • In close collaboration with Sales, Production, Finance, and other key stakeholders, perpetually manage and drive the ongoing S&OP process of balancing supply with demand at the aggregate level, providing the framework for the successful development and execution of valid Master Production Schedules.
  • Develop the processes, tools, and expertise necessary to manage aggregate constraints across a multi- site production, distribution, and order fulfillment environment, incorporating feedback from Sales, Production, and other key stakeholders to continually adjust aggregate plans as necessary to optimize inventory and order fulfillment within the limits of existing constraints.
  • Identify long-term critical aggregate constraints in capacity, materials, and inventory and recommend strategies to address them. Lead communications across multiple sites to ensure all relevant constraints are identified, quantified, and reflected in aggregate planning.
  • Ensure aggregate constraint management strategies are effectively translated into the Master Production Schedule, Material Requirements Planning, Distribution, and Inventory Management detailed plans.
  • Support the Senior Beer Release Manager in identifying and quantifying trade-offs within the portfolio of beers, quantify recommendations for portfolio changes, and ensure effective communication of life cycle management decisions to Sales, Production, and Finance.
  • Provide insight and feedback to the sales forecasting processes. Design, develop, and manage all relevant reporting, planning, and dashboard tools.


Required Experience:


  • 10 years Supply Chain Planning and Inventory Management experience in a multi-site production and distribution environment, ideally with at least 5 years in a Sales & Operations Planning leadership (or equivalent) role.
  • BS / BA in relevant discipline required, MBA or equivalent preferred.
  • APICS CPIM and/or CSCP Certification, or equivalent training in Supply Chain Management.
  • This position plays a key role in the organization working closely with Sales, Production, and Finance departments to identify issues and constraints, deliver crisp and clear assessments and recommendations, and drive consensus on difficult issues, so strong leadership, communication skills, and personal gravitas are critical qualifications.
  • Candidates for this position have strong demonstrated strategic thinking ability and deep S&OP /Supply Chain experience in a global manufacturing company.
  • Background in Forecasting, Supply Chain, Master Scheduling, Material Planning and Management, Procurement, Product Management reflecting increasing levels of responsibility over time.
  • Must have experience with multi-site planning systems and environment.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple levels of management as well as departments to design and execute the planning processes.
  • Must have excellent computer skills (Excel and PowerPoint specifically) and excellent presentation skills.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills, impeccable communication style, and creative problem solving skills.


Stone Brewing Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to workforce diversity. M/F/D/V are encouraged to apply.

Pre-employment drug screening, physical and background check are required.


We are looking for a strong and fearless leader to join our talented team at Stone Brewing.

We are in search of an exceptional Procurement Director of Supply Chain. In this role, you will develop and lead a world-class production Sales & Operations Planning and procurement program. Drive and own Production Scheduling, Planning, Sourcing, Procurement, and supplier management, and implement a process improvement mindset. Identify and recommend operational enhancements and own the metrics and reporting of all related activities. Manage the company’s suppliers of direct materials, indirect materials, and MRO purchases, initiate new supplier prospecting, manage supplier evaluations, lead negotiations, and perform comprehensive category spend analysis to reduce category spend, overall margin performance and best competitive performance.

A qualified candidate has cross-functional experience, is a seasoned operator, influencer, and collaborator, with a demonstrated history of building Purchasing functions, to include creation and development of relevant roles, processes, and tools.


  • Own and execute Material Requirements Planning (MRP), production planning, schedule (brewing and packaging) and change management throughout the operation. 

  • Work collaboratively across the organization to understand needs/opportunities, then develop and lead the implementation of purchasing strategies to address direct, indirect, and MRO spend opportunities. 

  • In close collaboration with global Sales, Production, Finance, Distrubtion, and other key stakeholders, perpetually manage and drive the ongoing global S&OP process of balancing supply with demand, providing the framework for the successful development and execution of valid Master Production Schedules centered around customer experience

  • Develop long-range planning initiatives for production control group, which include continuously evaluating the plant's needs, capacities, capital, expenses, etc. to meet growth or performance goals.

  • Formalize, consolidate, and standardize company-wide purchasing processes, tools, and controls.  Establish policies and procedures for Purchasing to ensure common best practices and procedures.

  • Perform comprehensive category spend analysis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and leading initiatives to execute and implement improvements.

  • Drive continuous improvement in supply base in line with commodity/category strategy. Utilize formal benchmarking methods to determine best in class processes.

  • Lead the transformation of sourcing strategies with the objective of optimizing total cost while improving service levels. 

  • Manage purchasing processes within the ERP system and ensure no rogue spend or out of system issues.

  • Establish and maintain regular cadence for review and update of strategies, negotiation roadmaps, supplier scorecards, lead times, capacities, contracts, and performance metrics for total cost, quality, and delivery to ensure effective category management, visibility and progress.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, MBA and background in Lean Six Sigma preferred.

  • Minimum of 10 years of leadership experience in Supply Chain roles, with specific experience in defining, developing, and maturing Planning and Purchasing organizations, processes, and tools.

  • Relevant certification(s) strongly preferred (ISM, APICS, CPM, CPSM, SPSM). PMP, PMI equivalent credential/training and blackbelt or greenbelt training/certification desired or a combination of demonstrable equivalent experience/training.

  • Demonstrated results managing purchasing and planning functions developing strategies and programs

  • A demonstrated ability and proven track record in driving process, efficiency, and growth improvements/results.

  • Strong leadership, team member, and staff/team development and motivation skills.

  • An effective manager with strong execution skills that is entrepreneurial, astute, and has a passion for getting into the details where appropriate to make effective decisions and drive results.

  • Big picture thinker, strategic, but able to distill functions and business interactions into tactical/detailed process and workflows in order to drive improvements and efficiency gains.

  • Demonstrated analytical skills, change management, and financial acumen.

  • Solid grasp of project management skills. Proficiency with project management tools including Microsoft Project, SharePoint, etc.

  • An effective and persuasive communicator with outstanding presence and presentation skills that constantly strives for simplicity and clarity.

Stone Brewing Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to workforce diversity. M/F/D/V are encouraged to apply.

Pre-employment drug screening, physical and background check are required.



Infantino, an international company, specializing in design, development and distribution of infant and toddler toys to retailers such as Target, Amazon and Walmart, is searching for an exceptional Demand Planner to join their Supply Chain Team. The Demand Planner position is responsible for managing forecasts, analyzing trends and developing and executing inventory plans which will enable the company to meet sales and service objectives.


  • Independently analyzes current and historical customer order information and retailer POS to develop SKU level demand plan

  • Scrutinizes Infantino sales data and retailer POS to identify trends and issues within the forecast, communicates root cause of error and recommends adjustments to forecast, in an effort for continuous improvement

  • Reviews current forecasts against inventory receipts to ensure proper inventory fill rates to retailers

  • Collaborates with Supply Chain, Sales and Finance to minimize financial impact of excess and obsolete finished goods and recommends future SKU rationalization

  • Communicates regularly with sales, customer service and distribution center personnel to manage retailer shipments against forecasts. 

  • Assists in execution and management of supplier purchase orders and blanket purchase orders in conjunction with usage and forecasted requirements.

  • Heads S&OP monthly meeting and generates forecast summary/change and weeks of supply reports for review by Sales & Finance

  • Creates and maintains standard operating procedures for demand planning processes, Oracle forecasting module & ASCP

  • Manages inventory, safety stock levels, and turns


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 4 to 6 years of forecasting/demand planning experience

  • APICS coursework/certification required

  • Proficient with MS Office including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint. Advanced Excel skills required.

  • Planning experience using Oracle ASCP is strongly preferred.

  • Strong statistical & analytical skills with the ability to solve and interpret problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions

  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment

  • Team player with the desire to participate in events that 'give back' to the community.


If you’re interested in working in a fast-paced global company and meet the requirements above, please send your resume to: resumes@infantino.com


About Ameditech

Ameditech is a major US manufacturing facility that develops and delivers reliable, high quality drugs of abuse testing products. As an Alere Inc. subsidiary, Ameditech is managed by dedicated staff committed to excellence ensuring end

users obtain effective test devices. Ameditech considers quality fundamental to the work that is undertaken by all personnel. Through product development and manufacturing, supplier management, and regulatory compliance, Ameditech is an essential element of the Alere group of companies

The Opportunity

The Master Scheduler is a newly created function within our Supply Chain/Ops organization.  The team seeks a strong, technical leader with a proven track record of success developing and implementing new systems and processes.  As a member of the Operations team, the Master Scheduler is responsible for the generation of master production schedule from which the Planners and Buyers establish their work orders, purchase orders, and manufacturing schedules.  Establishes priorities across product lines based on customer and business strategy needs.  To generate the master production schedule, this person analyzes historical product demand, the actual sales situation, and Marketing/Sales forecasts, interacting with Sales personnel on a regular basis and utilizing information from them to generate demand forecasts.  The incumbent will monitor actual sales volume against the site’s business plan and is instrumental in driving the Supply Chain. 

In this opportunity, you will serve as a key leader in driving organizational success within this high visibility, cross-functional group, taking ownership while being responsible for ensuring compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) associated with the above functions. Alere is a world leader in rapid diagnostics at the point of care. Join our One Alere team in this unique career opportunity to leverage your expertise and background in the Medical Device industry.

General responsibilities

  • Analyze historical and forecasted sales and use them to establish a Master Production Schedule for top level loading into the MRP system.
  • Interact with Marketing and Sales personnel to generate end-user rolling forecasts and annual business plans.
  • Interact with Alere’s U.S. and foreign distributors to establish product need dates, and coordinate with Customer Service and Distribution departments.
  • Understand customer needs and business strategies to establish manufacturing priorities across product lines.
  • Generate overall capacity analyses and work with: Planners to level-load work centers; the Engineering group to prioritize implementation of capital equipment or improvement and Suppliers to ensure sufficient raw materials can be provided.
  • Interacts with manufacturing personnel to discuss production and scheduling.
  • Establish and maintain optimal inventory levels of finished goods at the distribution centers, including replenishment orders for those distributors.
  • Alert Operations management of any potential problems related to product availability and capacity constraints and initiate appropriate preventive actions
  • Conduct regular meetings to keep management apprised of critical product supply & demand issues.
  • Distribute monthly reports pertaining to sales vs forecast and overall inventory levels.
  • Reconciles inaccuracies with customer shipments and deliveries.
  • Has the ability to adequately act as a liaison between vendors, customers and laborers as well as other departments within the company.
  • Carries out duties in compliance with established business policies.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the development, implementation and effectiveness of Alere Quality Management System per ISO, FDA, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Responsible for exhibiting professional behavior with both internal/external business associates that reflects positively on the company and is consistent with the company’s policies and practices.
  • Understands and is aware of the quality consequences which may occur from the improper performance of their specific job. Has awareness of device defects that may occur in their area of responsibility, including product design, verification and validation, manufacturing and testing activities.


Education & Experience Preferred   

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent, or Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).
  • APICS certification desirable 


Preferred Experiential Background: 

  • Minimum six years’ experience in production planning and inventory control.
  • Strong analytical/mathematical skills or knowledgeable in statistics.
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of MRP2/ERP system
  • Strong interpersonal skills, working well in a team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use a computer and various database programs—including Microsoft word and Excel—proficiently.


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