Brewery Planning, Supply Chain and Logistics Manager

New Realm Brewing Co.


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Role Overview:

 

The Brewery Planner Supply Chain Manager will lead efforts at New Realm Brewing Company to maximize customer delivery performance while minimizing overall costs through efficient planning and scheduling and best practice procurement processes. This position reports directly to the COO, but will work closely with the Head Brewers, Financial, and Sales department to ensure optimal sales & production forecasting, scheduling of operations, inventory management, master data management (ERP) and material procurement and transportation coordination. The candidate must have 3-5 years’ experience in brewery operations planning and experience with Orchestrated Beer or a reasonable alternate ERP system.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

Procurement

  • Identify and develop partnerships with key raw and packaging material suppliers
  • Negotiate supply agreements for key material categories
  • Develop and execute sourcing processes to ensure price competitiveness and low impact on COGS

 

Production & Material Planning

  • Coordinate volume forecasts with sales department and brewpub operations
  • Work with Brewmaster and Head Brewers to develop brewery production schedules to deliver forecasted volume by set delivery dates
  • Develop, implement and manage Distributor Portals in Orchestrated Beer
  • Implement and execute MRP processes to ensure material availability while minimizing working capital
  • Monitor and improve costs of using rental kegs vs. in house kegs and develop strategies to minimize rental fees

 

Inventory Control

  • Develop and implement inventory control procedures to maximize inventory accuracy and keep monthly variances at a minimum
  • Ensure minimal out of code beer in warehouses
  • Manage restaurant beer availability through skillful use of weekly volume analysis and 8 week projections
  • Develop and monitor inventory levels against targeted stock levels
  • Coordinate cycle and end of month inventory counting and reconciliation processes

 

Master Data Management

  • Create and maintain item master data in Orchestrated Beer
  • Create and maintain all production bills of material in Orchestrated Beer
  • Work with Accounting department to develop standard costs and assist with financial analysis of the restaurant and brewing operations
  • Work with Orchestrated Beer to set up new breweries as separate entities

 

Transportation

  • Coordinate all distributor shipments with brewery operations and third-party freight providers as necessary
  • Coordinate interplant shipments between brewery operations and third-part freight providers
  • Optimize brewery sourcing model to minimize overall network cost
  • Identify and implement carrier requirements and sourcing strategy to reduce overall freight costs

Contract Brewing

  • Manage our contract brewing customers and integrate their forecast needs into the overall production plans
  • Arrange the shipping schedules for beer to our contract customers
  • Procure packaging materials for contract customers
  • Conduct weekly meetings with contract customers to review forecasts
  • Ensure prompt payment for beer that has been shipped.
  • Develop and maintain cost analysis sheet for each brand asked for by contract brewers or potential contract brewers

 

Required Skills and Experience:

 

  • Undergraduate degree in supply chain management, operations management or related field required
  • MBA and/or APICS accreditation preferred
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in Operations Management, Procurement, or Supply Chain Management
  • Craft brewing experience is preferred
  • ERP experience is required, Orchestrated Beer experience is preferred
  • Must be proactive and have a keen attention to detail
  • Must be a strong multi-tasker
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
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