Director Supply Chain Planning

Director, Supply Planning

Pinnacle Foods

Boulder, CO, US

  • Posted 3 days ago 2017-06-022017-07-05

Job description


At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: Unleashing Brand Potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.

The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.

This role is supporting our Boulder Business Unit which is l ocated in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Our Boulder BU supports the company’s lifestyle health and wellness products with our brands that target specific consumer needs: the Gardein brand delivers frozen plant based protein for consumers looking for a healthy meat protein alternative; the Glutino® and Udi’s Gluten Free® brands for gluten-free diets; the Earth Balance® brand for plant-based diets; and EVOL foods for consumers seeking simple and pure ingredients.

Scope Of Position

The Supply Planning Director will be the key lead for Supply Chain planning to the category team and broader supply chain team. They will manage a team of direct and indirect reports that include production planning, deployment planning, finite schedulers and material planners for 5 plants and 20+ external manufacturing locations. This position will be responsible for overall KPI delivery in Service, Cost/case, cash flow and slow moving/obsolete inventory for their category. They are also responsible for managing short and long term capacity analysis ensuring that the planning activities are synced with the overall business objectives in growth and innovation.



  • The Supply Planning Director leads team meetings, both regularly scheduled and ad-hoc with counterparts in Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, R&D, Engineering and Commercialization teams based out of Boulder, CO; as well as plants production and procurement personnel located throughout manufacturing network.
  • Supply Planning Director has a key focus on optimizing inventory, resource and production plans, while achieving goals of lowering SC cost, improving customer service, and increasing network optimization.
  • Leads continuous improvement projects and / or efficiency plays in the evolution of the supply planning strategy.
  • Makes recommendations via Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process to determine long term requirements for production and inventory.
  •  Develops multiple scenarios, articulates key decisions and recommendations to Supply Chain Leadership team highlighting service, inventory and cost tradeoffs using planning toolkit.
  •  Ensures that master scheduling and rough cut capacity planning are being developed by team, as well as developing and monitoring DOS targets throughout the network.
  •  Owns Slow Moving and Obsolete visibility throughout the entire process, working with Marketing to monitor new products and proactively adjust production, and with Sales to identify and execute run out strategies.
  • Manages assigned SKU’s throughout the entire supply chain and communicates disruptions to Category team and Supply Chain leadership team.
  • Works with R&D to coordinate the New Product Launch process from initiation to customer delivery.
  • Manages inventory for a portfolio of resource lines to achieve established targets.
  • Defines and sets safety stock targets and manage portfolio with SKU velocity conditions in mind.
  • Monitors Days Forward Cover and Weeks of Supply levels working together with team to ensure that inventory is available by location to support projected demand.
  • Responsible for the development and delivery of manufacturing and distribution plans in support of annual and quarterly financial projections.



  • 10+ years of experience in Supply Planning —preferably in food manufacturing
  •          Business or Operations experience, with solid quantitative skills
  •          Excellent consultative skills and the ability to work cross-functionally with all levels of the organization
  •          Solid leadership and skills concentrated on data gathering, meeting facilitation and data dissemination
  •          Excellent communication, facilitation and presentation skills
  •          Ability to work effectively and creatively in a resource lean environment
  •          Detail orientated, organized, reliable, resourceful with a relentless focus on outcomes
  •          Ability to work independently, multi-task and prioritize under pressure
  •          System skills to manage supply planning tasks using software applications, ERP, and data warehousing/ancillary systems
    APICS Certification; CPIM/CSCP - desired
  •          Detailed and result orientated project management on several projects at the same time.


  •          Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Operations Management or related technical field or equivalent is required

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position will have direct and indirect reports including:

  •          Direct - Production Planning Managers and Deployment analysts
  •          Indirect - Demand Planning Mgrs, Plant Schedulers, Material analysts, & external manufacturing planners


  •          Approximately 20% Travel

Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer – qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other legally protected basis.