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