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Manager, Contract Manufacturing

TreeHouse Foods

This is a Full-time position in Oak, IL posted February 17, 2021.

Employee Type:Full timeLocation:IL Oak BrookJob Type:Supply Chain ManagementJob Posting Title:Manager, Contract ManufacturingJob Description:Position Summary:Responsible for quality, customer service, inventory, finished goods production, material planning, cost control, cost reduction and vendor relations at the Contract Manufacturing facilities. Provides effective project management for key business growth and productivity improvement initiatives at Contract Manufacturers. Develop and maintain business relationships with Contract Manufacturers responsible for manufacturing TreeHouse products. Lead teams to oversee all aspects of operational performance that meets the quality, food safety standards, regulatory policies, customer service and cost requirements of TreeHouse Foods Inc. Act as a liaison and point of contact between Contract Manufacturers and the functional departments within the Operating Groups. Ensure effective use of resources and communication of priorities by coordinating efforts between Marketing, R&D, Manufacturing and Product Supply departments.Travel Requirements: 30% – 50%Position Responsibilities:Product Commercialization:* Manage Projects through execution to ensure specifications are established prior to production and all parameters are achieved during the qualification, verification and commercialization steps. Ensure adequate technical representation (Quality, R & D and Procurement) is present during project phases.* Project driver on key manufacturing projects, e.g., new product introduction, rationalization of facilities.Ongoing maintenance* Establish and report KPI’s for co-manufacturers on quality, food safety, customer service and financial reporting. Develop and execute strategies to improve performance. Conduct regular Operational Improvement reviews with Contract Manufacturers to improve production efficiency and reduce production cost.* Analyze manufacturing best practices within TreeHouse facilities and look to implement these practices into the key strategic Contract Manufacturers.Continuous Improvement:* Serve as the primary function for obtaining Operational savings at Contract Manufacturer facilities and ensure that savings are tracking according to expectations through validation to implementation.* Provide focus and coordination to resolving and communicating immediate business issues (i.e., recalls, product going on hold, or other significant unusual occurrences). Manages inventory discrepancies and claims for excess losses or supplier issues between Contract Manufacturer and Corporate functions to control costs and ensure quick resolution of outstanding issues.* Benchmark key competitive set and food industry for new technology and productivity strategies.Capital:* Accountable for engaging business partners and establishing a communication flow across all functional groups in the management of the capital strategy for both short and long term goals.Collaboration:* Liaison with the Operations function for internal manufacturing to align with TreeHouse manufacturing strategy to maximize leverage between Contract Manufacturing, Marketing, R&D, Quality, Manufacturing, Procurement and Logistic departments.* Work with the Procurement function to help develop manufacturing and capacity strategies that are consistent with the current and future marketing strategies.Qualifications/ Education/Experience/Skills:* B.S. degree required; preferably in Engineering, Business or Finance.* 5+ year’s previous experience in manufacturing, engineering (strongly preferred) and/or other Supply Chain functions.* Exposure and understanding of multiple Supply Chain and other business disciplines (Purchasing, manufacturing, logistics, R&D, etc.) in previous positions or project work preferred.* Strong understanding of manufacturing unit operations* Negotiations and Contract Manufacturing Development* The position requires strong project and influence management skills to lead cross-functional project teams.* Exposure to new product commercialization and start-up procedures.* Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently.* Strong problem solving aptitude.* Influence management skills with the ability to manage cross-functional resources without direct reporting relationships.* Excellent communication skills – both formal and informal with the ability to communicate within all levels of the organization.* Possess continuous improvement mindset.* Thorough understanding of Supply Chain cost structure. Able to interpret cost build-up, trends and financial statements.* Highly collaborative leadership style with the ability to lead effectively and handle conflict in cross-functional integration role.* Exposure to SAP a plus* Bilingual – Spanish a plus#LI-HS1Disability AssistanceTreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.EEO ConsiderationsAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.