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The Coca-Cola Company Co-Pack and Process Improvement Manager in Toronto, Ontario

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It’s an exciting time to work in The Coca-Cola Company’s flagship market. We’re accelerating our momentum as the fastest-growing large consumer goods company in North America by putting people at the heart of our business and everything we do – whether we’re innovating to give consumers the drinks and packaging sizes they want, or building our eCommerce capabilities. People are our focus when we’re collaborating with our diverse network of locally-connected bottling partners, and when we’re returning every drop of water we use to communities and nature. And people – with the different backgrounds, skills and perspectives they bring to our workplace – are helping transform our business, one big idea at a time. We empower our employees to challenge the status quo, make bold recommendations, experiment and adapt, so we can grow together and make a great business even better.

Role Summary

The Co-Pack & Process Improvement Manager manages the co-packer (contract manufacturers) network and the Process Improvement (PI) program for The Minute Maid Company of Canada Inc. (TMMC). Key responsibilities include managing Co-Packer business relationship and performance and implementing Process Improvement programs and projects to improve quality, service and costs (yield, losses, productivity) throughout the Supply Chain.

This role reports to the VP, Supply Chain TMMC.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage contracts with 6 co-pack locations responsible for >80% of TMMC sales volume.

  • Manages costs and annual increases – manages co-pack spend, builds budgets and provides guidance on standards for business plans.

  • Manages variances and performance, including volume commitment.

  • Manage Usage / Losses – both to reduce co-packers below allowance and to review/collaborate on usage above allowance.

  • Weekly and monthly reviews of usage losses with co-packer staff.

  • Identify trends and variances.

  • Collaborates to investigate root cause and develop action plans to address. (Note – usage losses are complex and often related to TMMC changes in ingredient specs, changes in source, changes in recipes, errors in SAP setups, scheduling and business changes and require TMMC support to correct).

  • Develops strategic sourcing plans within current co-pack network.

  • Sources new co-packers and develops projects / partnerships to expand capabilities in support. of innovation and strategic business objectives.

  • Negotiates contracts with co-packers, working with Legal, Procurement, VP on requests for proposals, terms, conditions, pricing.

  • Leads capital projects and investment at co-packers to support innovation and PI.

  • Collaborates with customer service teams, planning teams, and co-packers to implement new processes in warehouse, production, inventory control and order fulfillment.

  • Leads the PI program – both reporting savings and tracking project status (project management office style).

  • Developing and applying Zero Loss Analysis type process for brainstorming PI ideas.

  • Working with business teams, transportation, procurement, planning, finance, production & operations to develop pipeline of ideas, prioritize projects, gain alignment, support execution, track & report progress.

  • Build PI budgets and targets and report monthly, quarterly annual.

  • Leads key PI projects – including developing proposals for strategic capital investments designed to deliver savings to the business

Job Requirements/Qualifications

  • University / Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Applied Sciences (or comparable).

  • 5-7 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment - preferably high-speed food, beverage or consumer packaged goods company.

  • Experience in a continuous improvement, process improvement and/or process engineering role.

  • Experience in project engineering, process engineering, and/or project management.

  • Financial acumen – able to build budgets, explain variances, project risk and opportunity, understand purchase price variance, understand product costing, variable overheads, fixed costs, usages, yields, labour variances, and exchange rate impact.

  • Business acumen – able to understand revenue, profit, and the impact of decisions on company priorities.

  • Manufacturing Acumen – able to grasp manufacturing methods, packaging, blending, conversion costs, and freight / transportation.

  • Problem solver – ability to grasp complex problems and develop creative and realistic solutions.

  • Able to lead teams, drive alignment between teams / functions.

  • Able to present complex ideas and solutions in both verbal and written manner.

Coca-Cola Limited is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We have a number of programs and policies in place to support this goal. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact our HR Shared Service team by calling 1-877-677-6774. Coca-Cola Limited will consult with all applicants with a disability who request accommodation during the recruitment process to ensure that the accommodation provided takes into account the applicants individual accessibility needs.

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