Director, Supply Chain, Taste

  • Company: Kerry
  • Location: Clark, New Jersey
  • Posted: December 02, 2017
  • Reference ID: 2017-11344
Company Overview

We are Kerry. The Taste & Nutrition Company. We make products people enjoy and feel better about. And, we are growing. We need talented, passionate people who want to help us make the business better. People who expect better from themselves. People who care about delivering better for customers, their colleagues, the company and their own career. People who take pride in paving new paths to lead the business forward. We need great people who want to do great things. People like you, perhaps.

If you are high energy, self-motivated, creative, collaborative, and enjoy executing against the demands of a fast-paced high growth organization, then consider joining our team to help drive your career and Kerry forward. Learn more and/or apply at

Kerry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics.

Description and Responsibilities

The Supply Chain Director will lead the Supply Chain division of the organizations fast growing North American Taste portfolio. The position reports to the Vice President of Supply Chain, North America and can be located at either Company North American Headquarters in Beloit WI or at our Clark, New Jersey, Taste facility.

This role focuses on business leader support, financial management and margin optimization through analysis of various measures/dimensions/strategies. The right candidate will have excellent communication, analytical and problem solving skills; exhibits exceptional leadership style and skills and is able to build trust, confidence and collaborative relationships across all levels of the organization, as well as with our customers and suppliers.

The Supply Chain Director will oversee Kerry branded business, demand/supply planning, inventory/age/service levels, distribution, new product commercialization and customer service support.

The ideal candidate will be able to develop strong cross functional relationships in order to deliver on growth and service levels. The SCD will act as brand ambassador across the organization, delivering on key projects for all Taste initiatives.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead the strategic development of the Supply Chain, Taste operations team

  • Manage ongoing relationships with contract manufacturers

  • Develop and execute plans in order to improve service levels both domestically and internationally

  • Participate in development and implementation of business unit distribution strategy; deliver on future growth of the business brands

  • Manage and lead supply chain integrations for an active portfolio of acquisitions

  • Set, and actively manage initiatives related to quality improvement, service improvement and working capital investments

  • Collaborate with business development team on new commercial opportunities


    BA/BS Degree required. Accredited in Business, preferred
  • Masters degree in related field of study, a plus

    Flavors or Fragrance expertise a plus

    7 years of management experience a must

    10+ years relevant supply chain experience working with revenue in excess of $200 million annually

  • 5+ years experience in a complex manufacturing environment, food and beverage experience a plus

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, experience managing, mentoring and developing teams

  • Ability to manage multiple customer relationships simultaneously with varied levels of complexity

  • Strong knowledge of Demand/Supply Planning - Strong financial and inventory systems knowledge

  • Able to 'hit the ground running', while quickly understanding complexities of the overall business

  • Prefers a "hands on" approach to all facets of role

  • Strong analytical thinking skillset; able to not only understand, perform root cause analysis and define required actions to deliver continuous improvement.
  • Strong analytical thinking skillset; able to not only understand, but also extrapolate information from detailed reports and present to key stakeholders

  • Ability to influence, motivate and collaborate across all lines of organization

  • Strong systems knowledge, specifically; Microsoft Excel, Access, MAPICS , SAP and other ERP/DRP/MRP software

    Global supply chain management experience, a plus

  • Excellent English speaking communication skills in both verbal and written format

  • Ability to travel, domestically and internationally, 25-30% annually

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