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Supply Chain Planning Manager

Lisle, IL

The Opportunity:

As the Manager of Supply Chain Planning in Lisle, you'll play a pivotal role in shaping our Sales and Operations Planning process, collaborating closely with sales, finance, and operations teams to drive informed production and inventory management plans. This role encompasses end-to-end planning responsibilities, requiring direct oversight and collaboration across sales, operations, and supply chain partners. You'll lead the demand planning process, ensuring accurate forecasts over an 18-month horizon, and drive forecast performance accountability through actionable insights and relevant metrics. Additionally, you'll own key aspects of the planning process, including the demand consensus meeting, master scheduling, and capacity planning where you'll be responsible for ensuring the demand plan fits manufacturing constraints.

Success in this role hinges on possessing strong business acumen, influential leadership, and exceptional interpersonal skills to foster relationships with internal stakeholders. If you're ready to lead dynamic planning initiatives in a fast-paced environment, apply now!

Any MLF team member interested in being considered for this role are encouraged to apply online by May 27. Applications received beyond that date are not guaranteed consideration.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • The role is also a key architect to the Sales and Operations Planning process with a focus on interacting with the sales, finance, and operations/supply chain teams to provide the best possible information on which to base our production and inventory management plans 
  • As a working manager, responsible for the end-to-end planning processes through direct oversite and matrixed responsibilities across sales, operations & supply chain partners
  • Lead the demand planning process via forecast collaboration with sales leads over an 18-month horizon
  • Drive forecast performance accountability with sales via actionable insights & relevant performance metrics with internal + external data where available
  • Own the demand consensus meeting with business leads in finance, sales, marketing, supply chain & operations
  • Partner with operations on the development of a running 13-week master schedule
  • Partner with logistics on development of weekly deployment plans
  • Own the Master Capacity Plan – influencing business decisions on pre-build quantities & timing, as well as overall asset utilization; influencing capacity projects/investments
  • Responsible for setting targets and reporting on key KPI reporting including – Forecast Accuracy / Case Fill / Inventory – value + days on hand / Distress / Production Conformance
  • Effectively deal with long/short inventory situations, including identification of root cause and recommended actions – communicating with stakeholders
  • To be successful in the role, the Manager must possess the business acumen, strong influential leadership, and interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with our commercial team and other internal stakeholders.

What You’ll Bring:

  • 4-year degree in supply chain management/operations/finance/engineering/mathematics
  • APICS CPIM or CSCP certification a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communicator, with the ability to tailor the communications to the relevant audience
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly learn and operate, as well as lead and coach in a fast pace, dynamic environment
  • Excellent attention to detail and analytics, adept at comprehending and working with large quantities of data from a variety of sources to support decision making
  • Sound decision making skills with the ability to make judgement calls in ambiguous situations when data is incomplete
  • Hands on experience with modeling, analysis & simulation tools
  • High level of interpersonal skills & hands on experience working with multiple partners to resolve exceptions and negotiate best alternatives in meeting service level goals
  • Able to provide data to support & explain reasoning for decisions
  • Meets deadlines and works under pressure with limited supervision
  • 5 years or more experience within supply/demand planning, inventory control, logistics management and/or manufacturing production – perishable manufacturing environment is desirable
  • Strong negotiation skills and influential leadership
  • Experience with SAP and its related supply chain applications
  • Experience with Advance Planning Systems (JDA/APO/etc.) is desired – SAP APO / SAP IBP a plus
  • Continuous improvement and change management focus, Six Sigma knowledge is an asset

What We Offer at Maple Leaf Foods:

  • Being part of a high-performance, people-focused company that has an inspiring and unique vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, and a deep commitment to sustainable protein across North America.
  • An inclusive company culture and a work environment that keeps our people safe, rewards excellence, and empowers everyone to learn and contribute their best.
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that offer flexibility to meet your individual or family needs, including programs focused on improving mental health and wellbeing. These benefits start on your first day of employment.
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan with company matching that starts on your first day of employment.
  • Learning and development opportunities, including workshops, ‘speaker series’ events, and resources that allow you to develop your skills and progress your career.
  • Comprehensive tuition reimbursement program that supports continuous learning and development of our team members through investment in eligible degrees, diplomas, professional certification, or trades programs.
  • Supporting our deep commitment to community impact, we offer up to two paid days annually to volunteer at a cause of your choice.

About Us:

We’re a carbon neutral food company on a purposeful journey to Raise the Good in Food through better nutrition, safer food and workplaces, more humane animal care, and environmental sustainability efforts that protect our planet. We care about our communities and commit to reducing food insecurity in Canada. Join us on the journey. Let’s build a better future, together.

We’re passionate about food. For more than 100 years, we’ve made delicious, healthy protein that Canadians love under iconic national and regional brands, like Maple Leaf®, Schneiders®, and Greenfield Natural Meat Co.® We’re on a journey to become the most sustainable protein company – not just in Canada – but on earth.
  • We are carbon neutral.
  • We are one of the only food companies in Canada to set science-based targets.
  • We aim to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025.
We’re a global food company with more than 13,500 team members. We operate sites in 20+ locations across Canada. We also have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, and do business in Asia.

A diverse and inclusive work environment

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision and living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values. We believe in building, investing in, recognizing, and rewarding remarkable people who value an inclusive workplace, embrace all forms of diversity, and commit to including every voice in our collaborative environment. We’re so much stronger when we know we’re accepted and valued for who we are and what we each bring to the workplace.

We embrace a strong, values-based culture

Our eight Leadership Values are our north star. They guide the decisions we make for all our stakeholders: our consumers, our customers, our people, our communities, our shareholders, and the environment.
  • Doing What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision, living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values, and delivering winning results. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired; please contact our Talent Attraction Team at accommodations@mapleleaf.com.

Disclaimer:  Please note that salaries posted on sites other than the MLF Careers Page are not a reflection of Maple Leaf Foods and are an estimated salary range provided by that particular job board.  Maple Leaf Foods offers competitive wages and an attractive total rewards package, which will be discussed during an interview with our Talent Team.


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