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About Mars, Incorporated
Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.
Mars Canada is a subsidiary of the US family-owned business known as Mars, Incorporated, one of the leading global manufacturers of branded products. Established in the late 1940's, our three segments – Petcare, Mars Wrigley Confectionary and Food help Canadians celebrate life everyday through food experiences. We are an organization that is guided by our Five Principles: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. It is putting these principles into action that allows us to make a difference to people and the planet, through our performance.
The Regional Distribution Manager (RDM) is responsible for working directly with the 3PL, the internal Mars Logistics team, along with sourcing factories and co-packers for Mars Canada Inc. to ensure efficient and effective warehouse activities are met in all areas including quality, service levels and costs.
The RDM proactively responds to changes or challenges that may impact KPI’s (Quality, Service, Costs) and seeks permanent resolution by working collaboratively with any key stakeholders required (3PL; Factories; Copackers; various Internal teams).
The role will develop and track appropriate metrics within the Distribution Center’s (DC’s) to support analysis of Supply Chain Risks and Opportunities, and the associated performance impact and costs involved.
This role helps drive Continuous Improvement initiatives in the areas of warehousing by providing insight on how performance and costs are projected to be impacted by decisions made or anticipated changes.
This role supports the Senior Supply Chain Manager by providing effective and timely reporting and analysis to the 3 Segments finance and leadership teams regarding warehousing costs enabling data based decision making and proper planning across the P&L’s
A primary focus area of this role will be to lead initiatives with cross functional teams to reduce customer fines and penalties while continuing to be efficient in the distribution network.
This role is responsible for all segments and all DC’s as well as raw materials and packaging stored in the DC’s to support factory or co-pack operations within the network.
• Serve as the point of contact within the Region (Canada) for all 3PL issues.
• Liaison with 3 segments; 3 factories and local co-pack network, Customer Care, Canada market logistics & Commercial services teams.
• Manage and protect an average of $100 million of Finished Goods and Raw Materials inventory, protecting those assets and corresponding brand franchises. This particularly pertains to internal quality standards, inventory accuracy and stock rotation.
• Ensure adequate storage capacity to meet space requirements across all units for both the annual plan and through the Medium Term (5-year horizon).
• Ensure processes and procedures are dynamic to meet customer order demand to ensure optimal on-time and complete service. Support development and execution of long term distribution network planning, including build of new DC.
• Work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders to ensure effective systems are in place and effective (Warehouse Management System, Yard Management System etc.)
• Provide warehousing inputs into S&OP+ ScMR Meeting (Step 3)
• Owns Development and reporting of key Supply Chain metrics to support in managing costs on Warehousing and fines related to warehousing.
• Provide recommendations and drive action behind Value Leadership and DiB (Do It Best) programs
• Works closely with finance teams from each segment to effectively communicate and plan for Risks and Opportunities to each of the businesses related to warehousing
• Participates in CMOS for Mars 1 across all segments.
• Supports investigation and analysis of Supply Chain costs, along with recommendations on how to improve. (WH and Fines & Penalties)
• Track 3PL performance and lead monthly reviews including contract metrics, reasons for being off track if appropriate, action items and continuous improvements
• Leads improvement of processes, systems and metrics to improve effectiveness of warehousing operations and spend.
• Supports SCLT and Segment Finance teams on methodology and tracking of appropriate cost allocation between segments and factories based on usage/activity.
• Post-Secondary Degree/ Diploma in Supply Chain, Engineering, Business or a related field
• Minimum of 3 years of warehousing operations experience in a high volume, fast-moving distribution center or leading a 3PL
• In lieu of post-secondary degree/diploma, must have a high school diploma with 5+ years experience of warehousing operations experience in a high volume, fast-moving distribution center or leading a 3PL
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent analytical skills (mathematical aptitude and information filtering)
• Travel up to 10%
• 3PL Management
• Bachelors degree
• Logistics/ Supply Chain certification
• Financial background
• Lean/ Continuous Improvement background
A criminal records check will be required for this position.
Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.
Mars Canada is committed to equity in employment and diversity. Mars Canada will provide an inclusive and barrier free recruitment process to applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require a disability-related accommodation during this process, please inform Mars Canada of your requirements. For more information please review Mars Canada's Accessibility Policy and address any questions about that policy to MarsCanada.Accessibility@effem.com.