Our client is one of the true pioneers in the food industry with the largest manufacturing footprint/capacity spread across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The privately held family-owned and operated company owns 7 production plants totaling 220M sqft and 8 distribution centers and employs more than 4,000 people. It generates more than $2B in annual revenues as it has expanded its product offerings. The company is poised to surpass $3B in the next two to three years with the ability to double again in under 5 years. Our client has also been named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 9 consecutive years.
This is a supply chain leadership opportunity like no other in Canada and not for the faint at heart. This is a growth and build opportunity in a fast-moving culture driven by innovation and technology.
Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer, the Senior Vice President, Supply Chain will manage an American team of 60+ and play an important leadership role, developing and implementing a long-term global supply chain strategy in support of a business slated to double in size over the next 5 years.
This is an important hire for the company as the role manages the single largest spend outside of goods and/or people. The position is responsible for leading three(3) major groups/divisions:
- Procurement Group (Canada, US, and Mexico)
- Planning/Commodity Group
- Logistics Group
- Success in this role will be measured by the candidate’s ability to achieve the following:
- Integrating into the company and earning credibility with its team as a leader and mentor within the first 6 months.
- Enhancing collaboration directly with the sales teams so that the supply chain and the sales teams are interacting together seamlessly within the first year.
- Evaluating the logistics team for efficiencies and future growth potential within year 1.
- Increasing capacity on trailers to greater than 75%, and reducing the number of empty spaces that are in transit and routes being crossed etc.
- Identifying and presenting a plan to the senior leadership team to recoup $30-$40M in savings of the $200M Logistics spend annually.
- Developing, enhancing and achieving KPI’s for the supply chain function such as cost per mile/pound (dollarization of activities).
- Constructing a systematic system of accountability of the inventory strategy and plan between three departments: Planning, Procurement, and Logistics.
- Development of the Global production planning policies as well as the deployment of procedures.
- Development of a monthly production schedule with attendant materials requirements planning based on the annual sales forecast.
- Advancing a system to support the production planning process with accurate, efficient, and timely input of information.
- Developing capacity analysis, capacity plans, and strategic and operational planning models.
- Producing a budget analysis related to capacity, production, and inventory planning.
In the past, a supply chain leader was a tactical position — one with specific expertise on things such as warehousing equipment, shipping routes, and fuel costs. Today, the profile of a supply chain leader is vastly different. Supply chain leaders are strategic, focusing on the overall company, not just their part of it.
With our client spending a large amount of money on their supply chains, the need for an emotionally intelligent, strategic supply chain leader is crucial. The ideal candidate is an experienced supply chain leader able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of the complexities of a commodity-based product. They will be commercially oriented and bring with them strong relationships and a strong reputation in the Canadian consumer industry.
The ideal candidate will have business skills in order to drive results and accelerate revenue for the company. They must view the supply chain end-to-end, not just their part in it. This requires a more strategic approach, and a more strategic global mindset – someone that is thinking more than just geographically large but also thinking about the supply chain from end-to-end, instead of the part the leader controls.
The ideal candidate will hold a prominent position in the company. As a result, they must not only lead their team to create an effective and efficient supply chain that can pivot and adapt to the innovation agenda, but they must also be able to collaborate with other departments and external stakeholders to drive cost savings and revenue generation. An individual who can demonstrate a consistent track record on delivering results will be given priority.
The ideal candidate will be one who possesses the ability to gather pertinent data, analyze it, and use it to improve performance. This may require technical savviness as well. Staying abreast of current supply chain trends and possessing the ability to understand and utilize the latest technology will be a requirement.
Finally, as one of the most important characteristics, the ideal candidate will be tasked with building vendor and supplier relationships while building and maintaining internal relationships with key stakeholders and influencers, fostering a collaborative approach, and bringing about success along the entire supply chain.
Candidates must have the following experience to be considered:
- 10+ years working at the executive level in Supply Chain, Logistics, or Manufacturing experience. (Director Level and above) in a time-sensitive environment.
- Supply Chain experience outside of Canada will be preferred
- Track record of building high performing teams and transforming seasoned personnel.
- Track record in leading collaboration among teams and departments.
- Track record in identifying savings and increasing productivity.
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