Supply Chain Optimization Manager
Company: Champion Petfoods
Location: Bowling Green
Posted on: May 1, 2021
Do you love research, pets, and the science behind their
We may have the perfect job for you.
Research, innovation, and happy pets too.
We are looking for a Productivity Manager – Research and Innovation
to join our team in Auburn, Kentucky. In this position, you will
drive optimization and productivity improvement projects related to
functions owned by the research and innovation team. Focused on
finding opportunities for improving efficiency, reducing
unnecessary waste and rework, and working with the formulation team
to ensure formulas are performing at their optimal level are
critical functions of this role.
In this role you will continually balance opportunity exploration,
ensuring we fulfill the promises of our brands and work closely
with other Research and Innovation leaders to find and execute on
these opportunities. You don't have to have pets to succeed here,
but we’re pretty sure you’ll want one!
You’ll have the opportunity to:
- Drive identification of productivity opportunities relating to
process, product formulation, and ingredients, from a research and
- Research scope of productivity opportunities while developing a
project justification and strategy form. Understand opportunities
and the potential magnitude of impact on the organization, pets,
consumers, and retailers. Develop full strategy for implementation
complete with risk assessments and present to leadership as
necessary while securing organizational buy-in.
- Partner with other leaders in Research and Innovation to
explore productivity opportunities and identify plans to execute
upon project strategies as authorized by senior management.
- Manage all R&I productivity projects from assessment
through to final execution, working with other department leaders
on the deployment of resources to achieve the project
- Document and capture all costs associated with project
implementation while ensuring tracking for future cost savings
implications. Track and report on productivity project outcomes and
ensure full communication to senior management by way of monthly
reports on projects and outcomes.
- Ensure project outcomes are communicated and tracked
appropriately with partners in finance to ensure benefit can be
realized and re-allocated to other business priorities to fuel
- Partner with the Manager of Commercialization to ensure all
productivity projects within the kitchen relating to Research and
Innovation are active and delivering upon their intended
Background & Experience:
- Food Formulation, Food Science, or Food Engineering background
is required. Productivity Project Management experience is a
- 5-7 years’ leadership experience working in the pet food or
food processing industry, with a strong process awareness and
understanding of formulation strategies.
- Well-developed project management skills.
- Strong ability to develop reporting and present to
- Excellent organizational and planning skills, with a high
degree of resourcefulness, flexibility, and adaptability.
- Strong conflict resolution, people management, and
interpersonal skills, with a well-defined sense of diplomacy.
Keeping pets happy and healthy since 1985.
We are Champion Petfoods, a crew of pet enthusiasts looking to
better the quality of food for our four-legged friends around the
world. With over thirty years of growth in the pet food industry,
our ORIJEN and ACANA brands have defined our vision of paving the
way for healthier pets and families. If this excites you as much as
it does us, then we would love to hear from you!
Come as you are.
We value diversity in all forms and know the power it can bring.
Workplace equality allows for creative ideas to bloom, diverse
points of views to be heard, and increases overall happiness. That
sounds pretty good to us.
Champion is an equal opportunity employer. Regardless of your race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender
identity, disability, age, veteran status, or any other creed, you
are wanted here.
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