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Co-Manufacturing Planner

Company: Traditional Medicinals
Location: Rohnert Park
Posted on: July 16, 2019

Job Description:


The position is based in a beautiful new open concept office in Rohnert Park, California, which lies in the center of scenic Sonoma County. Sonoma County has everything people love about California. It boasts several charming and historic towns surrounded by beautiful farm country. There is easy access to wine country, redwood forests, parks, and the Pacific Coast. Yet the area is just 45 minutes from downtown San Francisco one of the great cultural cities in the world. Sonoma County truly offers the best of both of these worlds.

The Company:

Traditional Medicinals-- (TM) has been serving plants, people, and the planet since 1974. As a growing herbal wellness company based in Sonoma County, CA, TM has a corporate office located in Rohnert Park and manufactures over 57 varieties of dietary supplement tea in its solar-powered Sebastopol facility, 65 miles north of San Francisco. TM is proud to be the number one medicinal, organic, and fair trade herbal tea company in North America. In 1974, the company pioneered the herbal medicinal tea category and over the years has grown to become the fourth largest bagged tea company in the US. Its products are distributed nationally across 70,000 retail outlets in North America in all channels from health and natural foods stores (Whole Foods), to every major grocery chain, to mass market retailers (Target & Walmart), and drug stores (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid).

TM is an independent, mission-driven company with a planning horizon extending beyond the next generation. The concept of a triple bottom line focusing on people, planet and profits is part of the Company's mission and the basis for its success.


This role entails supporting the rapid growth of the company and its dynamic supply chain needs. The Co-Manufacturing Planner is responsible for managing the Master Production Schedule (MPS) for finished goods across assigned co-manufactured products. Balances the finished goods inventory with the sales forecast to support inventory targets, customer service levels, and manufacturing capacity through the use of Microsoft Dynamics AX, Power BI, Bix Analytics tools and Excel. The Co-Manufacturing Planner will participate in and lead the production plan discussion with assigned co-manufactures on a bi weekly basis.. They will be responsible for coordinating and working closely with internal departments to insure raw materials are available to support the production schedule and case fill rates remains is on target ofTo accomplish the company's goals, the Co-Manufacturing Planner will be actively engaged with internal stakeholders to support a variety of demands and projects. The emphasis of the Co-Manufacturing Planner role will be on maintaining finished goods inventory levels and customer fill rates providing the organization with a 12 week frozen plan, as well as a 12 month Production plan.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Retrieves and organizes future requirements, production, and inventory data to support demand and replenishment strategies.

  • Develop a 12 month master production plan that meets sales (existing products, new products, seasonal pre-builds), manufacturing capabilities, and other supply chain requirements. Delivers on inventory targets, cost, and Case fill rate for assigned co-manufactures.
  • Work cross functionally to coordinate material releases, on time delivery and shipment, invoicing as well as coordinating cycle counts.
  • Coordinate with Co-manufacturing director on weekly touch points with co-manufactures.
  • Supports development of long-range capacity utilization to support sales forecast & inventory goals.

  • Identifies risks and opportunities. Communicates and takes action appropriately.

  • Participate in and provide information into weekly capacity/ supply meetings with key cross functional teams to ensure a continuous supply of production.
  • Develop capacity utilization / supply scenarios when required
  • Participate in all commercialization activities item launches and onboarding co-manufactures.
  • Performs miscellaneous analysis reports in Excel/ Power BI as requested.

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Subject Matter Expertise (SME) in supply planning from strategy development through implementation.

    • Broad knowledge of materials, planning, product allocation, master scheduling and manufacturing processes.
    • 3 + years of experience in Master Scheduling, Planning, or Materials Management

    • Experience in master planning modules in an ERP/MRP, preferable Microsoft Dynamics AX, with an understanding of how to best apply the tools for sound decision-making.
    • Demonstrated ability to initiate, maintain, and improve organizational processes.
    • Ideally, this person will be coachable and promotable and have an eye towards both strategy and execution to prepare for vertical or horizontal opportunities in the future.

    • Demonstrated ability to navigate in a high growth environment while managing ambiguity.
    • Demonstrated ability to identify and deploy industry best practices for the function.

    • Experience in participating and contributing to building and maintaining a high-performance collaborative culture.

    • Background in dealing with an array of complex issues, and a track record of creative problem solving.

      Education Required:

      • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field (Business, Materials Management or Supply Chain Management required). APICS certification is a plus.

        Personal Traits:

        • Energetic and enthusiastic
        • Collaborative
        • Analytical
        • Fully engaged
        • Problem solver
        • Soft approach but has organizational courage, using it as appropriate
        • Approachable and diplomatic
        • Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills
        • Strong motivational and leadership skills
        • Views supply planning as a service within the organization that supports Sales, R&D/Innovation, Manufacturing, and ultimately the end customer
        • Flexible and adaptable to changing business conditions
        • Understands when to be strategic and when to dig in to get things done

        • Resourceful and self-sufficient - understands how to execute with the resources of a company this size

        • Proactive in attitude and action, but gets buy-in from key stakeholders in the process
        • Has a demonstrated acumen for trying new things and managing change in terms of pace, the need for balance, communication, and relationship building
        • Appreciative and respectful of the organizational history and how changes impact people
        • Holds themselves accountable to key deadlines and commitments made.
        • Sensible yet data-driven decision maker
        • Ability to analyze business problems from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective
        • Strong written and verbal communications skills
        • Ability to think innovatively
        • A passion for advancing customer expectations
        • Passionate believer of visual metrics and focused KPIs
        • Well organized and accurate with details
        • Highly creative and out of the box thinking
        • Ability to meet minimum physical requirements to work in a manufacturing environment, including but not limited to: the ability to sit, stand for two or more hours at a time, the ability to operate a computer and office equipment and the ability to lift up to 20 pounds throughout the day.

Keywords: Traditional Medicinals, San Francisco , Co-Manufacturing Planner, Other , Rohnert Park, California

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