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Global Supply Manager, Direct Materials

Role: Full-time

About Plenty

At Plenty®, we grow fresh, flavorful produce vertically indoors–so everything’s a little… cleaner. Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need.  Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this.  We are a collaborative and innovative bunch.  We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously.  We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way.  Most importantly, we are growing for a better tomorrow, today.

About the role

Plenty is looking for an ambitious and driven individual searching for a unique and challenging opportunity to join our Farm Operations team as a Global Supply Manager, Direct Materials.  In this role you report directly to the SVP of Farm Operations and will be responsible for assuring supply and maintaining inventory of raw materials, packaging, and all facility operational supplies across our farm locations.   You’ll work closely with Farm Operations and Global Supply Management teams to analyze and optimize purchasing based on production forecasts and usage rates. This role is an opportunity for you to join an industry-leading startup and showcase your skills around supplier selection, cost savings projects, continuous improvement, and skills on a team that is redefining agriculture.

We’re seeking an experienced Global Supply Manager who is a proven performer in this space sourcing direct materials. You’ll be expected to learn quickly, deliver immediate results, and find ways to raise the bar every day. Successful Global Supply Manager applicants will be technically strong, relentless, innovative, identify and remove inefficiencies, and can communicate complex topics simply. 

What you'll do

  • Supply Chain Management: identify, develop, and manage Plenty’s growing Supply Chain network supporting Farm Operations, including vendor selection, managing vendor quality and reliability, and driving cost savings to improve the business.
  • Help establish our global supply strategy, identifying growth suppliers that can best meet Plenty’s requirements of cost, quality, and technology, as well as identifying vendors that should be phased out.
  • Manage inventory of direct materials and spare parts for Plenty's vertical farming operations.
  • Support Maintenance in the spare parts requirements and Operations in all operating supplies while ensuring all Plenty procurement processes are followed. 
  • Ensure materials availability to support production through purchasing, on-time delivery, and coordination of materials movement through receiving to production.
  • Conduct periodic risk assessment of supplier surety of supply of all critical direct and indirect materials necessary to operate the business. 
  • Process vendor purchase orders and schedule manufacturing jobs based on production forecasting in a fast-paced operational environment.
  • Monitor supplier On Time Delivery performance and work with Global Supply Managers to mitigate inventory risk.
  • Analyze and update the operational Bill of Materials and determine safety stock strategies based on farm usage.
  • Support farm commissioning and ramp planning of new operations with applicable direct material requirements.
  • Assure commercial pricing agreements are up to date based on vendor quotes of sustaining materials.
  • Work with the larger Supply Chain organization and Legal on strategic sourcing, contracts, and service agreements.
  • Work closely with all functions in Farm Operations and across multiple functions across the organization.  Participate in broad initiatives to improve the business.
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize historical purchasing data and trends.
  • Identify and implement process improvement opportunities.
  • Others duties as assigned.

What you'll bring to the table

  • A BA/BS degree or an equivalent years of professional experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of 7+ years of experience in Supply Chain Planning or Operations.
  • Must have Direct Materials experience. 
  • Open-minded self-starter with the ability to adapt, improvise and problem solve.
  • Strong attention to detail with highly effective communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes, BOM and ERP/MRP systems.
  • Strong Excel and/or Google Sheet skills.
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks and projects, with various cross functional teams 
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, prioritize appropriately, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time.

Type of role

Full-Time /Hybrid

What we can offer 

  • Compensation: we’ll pay you a competitive salary on a biweekly basis, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K 
  • Relocation: we'll provide a relocation budget to support qualified applicants that live more than 50+ miles from our location in Chester, VA. 
  • Health & well-being: we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, along with support for your mental health through Spring Health and financial wellness through LearnLux. Plus pet insurance for your furry family members!
  • Food: in-office 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 lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment: we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your home internet and phone bills 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 we don’t cap the amount of vacation days you can take off per year + offer 6 days of paid sick leave per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave: 12 weeks off for eligible new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply