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Senior Group Manager, Supply Chain Capex

Role: Full-time

About Plenty

At Plenty, we’re on a mission to give people in local communities everywhere access to the freshest, most amazing tasting produce possible. And to do so in a way that’s better for the planet.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do that. We are an ag-tech company looking for an ambitious and driven individual searching for a unique and challenging opportunity to join our Supply Chain team. The Supply Chain team plays a key part in Plenty’s continued success. We constantly strive to do things better, faster, and more affordably. We are currently seeking a Supply Chain Group Manager with a focus on Capital Equipment.

About Role

The Senior Group Manager manages a team of Global Supply Managers (GSM), and oversees all company business related to strategic capital assets deployed in our farms. The Group Manager must identify, develop, and manage the global Supply Chain strategy for their team and manage against the overall Supply Chain team and company priorities. The role is a key internal interface with Deployment, Finance, Legal, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Operations to deliver products on time and cost-effectively.

You will be the escalation point for the team's commercial issues/negotiations, contract compliance, cost reduction strategies, and overall supplier management, to support cross-functional teams during the development and deployment phases and drive sound business decisions throughout the product life cycle. Is a top performer with a broad range of experience. We are looking for driven individuals who can work quickly, deliver immediate results, and find ways to raise the bar every day. Be technically strong, able to locate and improve inefficiencies, innovative, and able to communicate complex topics clearly.

What You'll Do:

  • Manage and mentor a team of supply chain professionals
  • Be the key escalation point for your team, and provide guidance to Plenty management
  • Present upward status of objectives, strategies, and remedies to issues
  • Have experience with same and become familiar with all major capital farm equipment commodities such as, but are not limited to:
    • GreenHouse Equipment
    • Lighting
    • Site Fluids
    • HVAC
    • Electrical
    • Controls
    • Automation and Robotics
    • Farm Construction
  • Define and maintain the Sourcing strategies for your team, own decisions and resolutions, and ensure the team is closing all applicable programs and purchasing metrics
  • Support team to thoroughly negotiate favorable contracts including parts pricing, tooling costs, and Engineering Services
  • Define and maintain supplier development actions
  • Maintain overall supplier relationships and act as the point of contact for all commercial issues, including internal report-outs summarizing sourcing status, parts availability, and cost status
  • Build, support, and lead cross-functional teams with Deployment, Finance, Legal, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Operations
  • Travel 15-30% to visit suppliers, perform business and program reviews, and manage the team

What We're Looking For

  • A Bachelor's degree with 12+ years of related experience or a Master's Degree and 8+ years of experience or a Ph.D. with 5+ years experience or equivalent experience, technical, supply chain or finance discipline a plus
  • Open-minded, self-starter with the ability to adapt, improvise, and problem solve
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Understanding key manufacturing processes supporting the commodity
  • Product launch experience from design to production
  • Understanding of quality principles, product development processes, and data analysis.
  • Able to drive teams and garner executive support to resolve problems
  • Coaching and mentoring awareness, a drive for the success and growth of your team
  • Superb analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
  • Passion for results, strategy, and hands-on execution. A creative, calculated risk taker with the ability to manage difficult suppliers and resolve disputes while preserving relationships with suppliers and internal staff
  • Strong written and verbal skills as well as organizational and program management capabilities
  • Proficient in, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and ERP systems (SAP or equivalent)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritize appropriately, and to mitigate unforeseen problems creatively and effectively
  • Ownership and commitment to your role and supporting teams’ success

Type of Role

  • Full-Time
  • Remote

What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K 
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so enjoy vacation in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

 Food Safety Requirement

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations