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The Coca-Cola Company Senior Manager, Sourcing Optimization and Innovation Planning in Atlanta, Georgia

Position Overview:

As a member of the National Product Supply Group, this role plays an integral part in enabling NPSG’s mission of supporting all Regional Producing Bottlers (RPBs) by maximizing System production efficiencies and market opportunities to strengthen the competitiveness of the Coca-Cola System in the United States. NPSG’s mission is fulfilled through governance of (1) Network optimization of production to distribution center sourcing for concentrate, cold-fill products (2) Strategic capital investment and divestment planning; and (3) New product/packaging innovation planning.

The Sr. Manager of Sourcing Optimization and Innovation is an expert in the areas of network modeling and distribution delivery systems and is responsible for translating network modeling results into financial and business case recommendations to Senior Leadership across RPB’s and the NPSG Board. This position will lead a team of Sr. Supply Chain Analysts, own the Sourcing Optimization project pipeline, and have responsibility for the maintenance of optimization tools and identification of ongoing process improvements.

These activities require strong analytical capabilities, extensive network modeling software knowledge, ability to collaborate and manage cross-functional project teams, demonstrated ability to mentor and develop the skillset of others, and effective communication of complex business cases to senior leadership.

Primary Responsibilities:

Lead a team of 5 - 6 Sr. Supply Chain Analysts who are responsible for the development of supply chain assessments in support of sourcing optimization initiatives and new product launches

  • Provide coaching and support to team as needed from a technical perspective (network optimization software, analytics) and process / governance perspective

  • Prepare team members for business case reviews with NPSG Board and Bottler Supply Chain Leaders, ensuring work is accurate

  • Present the work of team as needed as outlined above

  • Leverage Performance Enablement process to ensure clarity of performance expectations and prioritization of work

  • Responsible for recruiting and onboarding efforts for team

  • Ensure associates have defined development plans in place and monitor / support progress against them. Leads positively to drive engagement of team

  • Manage portfolio of work between Sourcing Optimization projects and Innovation projects. Prioritize work for team members across the portfolio of projects helping to enable a networked organization

Ownership of project pipeline for Sourcing Optimization projects

  • Manage a pipeline consisting of approximately of 20 to 25 active projects at any given time. Average volume impacted by project is 750K to 1MM annual cases

  • Responsible for clarifying scope of project requests, establishing project timelines, and resourcing analytical support against projects

  • Assess broader connections of individual sourcing optimization initiatives against the entire NPSG project portfolio – proactively gaining clarity/alignment with other initiative owners as necessary

  • Ensure project recommendations are validated with impacted Bottlers prior to presenting to NPSG Board

  • Prioritize resources and projects appropriately. Must be able to balance System priorities with individual Bottler priorities

Support the process to refresh baseline national sourcing model that is utilized by National Product Supply Group for governed sourcing analyses

  • Provide leadership to internal resources through refresh activities, inclusive of collection of cost, demand, and production inputs from 14 Regional Producing Bottlers (RPBs)

  • May be called on to establish timelines for model refresh and manage team against those

  • Provide leadership in the definition and execution of RPB review sessions to ensure model is validated and accurate

  • Provide leadership to internal resources responsible for the process of monthly updates to the model throughout the year

  • Develop processes and routines to monitor model accuracy and develop update processes to ensure model is representative of the bottler network.

Conduct critical stakeholder engagement/management routines

  • Ownership of the Monthly Sourcing Council routine: defining agenda; working with topic owners on content; driving conversations on areas require RPB perspective and/or alignment; run professional session with pre-read, attendance; notes.

  • Ownership of bottler/RPSG-specific stakeholder routines: ensure awareness and alignment on pipeline prioritization; address RBP questions/concerns; keep NPSG Board Members aware of initiatives for their ownership

  • Present project-based findings and recommendations to NPSG Board and Forum members, Senior Leadership within RPB’s / CCNA, Regional Bottler Personnel, CCNA Brand and Commercial Leadership

Drive continuous improvement initiatives/projects

  • Independently identify, define, and implement process improvement opportunities both internal to NPSG and cross-functionally

  • Work broadly with stakeholders to understand end-to-end implications and dynamics of process improvements/changes

  • Identify opportunities to leverage new software or tools that improve process efficiency in network optimization

Qualifications / Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the areas of Engineering, Finance, Business, Supply Chain, or Logistics

  • 5+ years of network modeling or supply chain optimization experience, preferably within the beverage industry or CPG field, 7+ years of supply chain experience

  • Understanding of network optimization principles, linear programming, and relational databases

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