Contract Manufacturing Manager
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Milk Bar is an award winning bakery from chef & owner Christina Tosi. Milk Bar is built on a world of possibility: we make our cult-favorite treats with unexpected combinations & impossible flavors. We're on a mission to make the ordinary extraordinary - grab a cookie and come along with us!
Milk Bar is looking for a Contract Manufacturing Manager to join our team! As we expand our business, this role will develop best-in-class relationships with third party suppliers of Milk Bar-branded food. The Contract Manufacturing Manager is expected to operate as the key liaison between external suppliers and internal stakeholders, including Culinary / R&D, Supply Chain, Food Safety & Quality (FSQ), Finance, and Marketing. This position is responsible for identifying and building strong dependable supplier relationships as well as ensuring supplier compliance to Milk Bar standards.
Lead contract manufacturing sourcing strategy including RFP/RFQ development, supplier risk assessments, price negotiations, awarding of business, and onboarding.
Establish and maintain contract manufacturing relationships by acting as the primary point of contact for suppliers on contract issues and production qualifications.
Determine project timelines, tasks, and requirements for contract manufacturer production
Lead communication with suppliers and internal stakeholders as part of daily operations and project management, including documenting open issues and team decisions
Hold cross-functional and supplier stakeholders accountable for meeting deadlines
Regularly meet with contract manufacturers to discuss ways to manage capacity to support the business.
Prospect redundant and overflow capacity for each co-manufactured product line and provide recommendations to plan for unexpected sales growth or an unforeseen constraint to supply
Highlight risks and opportunities in a timely manner. Drive corrective actions, as necessary.
Partner with suppliers and the internal Culinary and FSQ teams to analyze manufacturability of new products as well as recommend changes that will facilitate efficient manufacturing and lower costs.
Reach alignment of internal specs with Culinary / R&D and FSQ
Coordinate production trials of new products, and scale up through full production
Anticipate and mitigate potential cost or process issues when moving from benchtop to line trial to full production
Lead the analysis and negotiations to obtain optimal item pricing while tracking costs and maintaining costing models.
Review and understand total cost for all supply decisions
Develop and manage Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual Contract Manufacturer Review processes for contract manufacturing partners.
Travel around 50% of the time.
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
BA/BS degree Business, Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, or related field; or
3 to 5 years of related experience
Lives the Milk Bar spirit and values, with a can-do attitude and team-first, partner-oriented approach
Ability to manage third party contract manufacturers
Familiarity with Manufacturing environments and Quality requirements
Familiarity with production processes, including inventory control and production reporting
Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills
Strong communication skills, ability to be firm and precise
Project Management skills, including ability to lead large internal & external cross functional teams and meet a set timeline
Knowledge of product costing and ability to negotiate optimal pricing
Ability to efficiently work independently as well as in a team environment
Ability to independently resolve problems and overcome hurdles
Ability to take initiative and make an impact
Strong attention to detail
Knowledge of NetSuite preferred
Work Authorization: At this time, Milk Bar is only considering candidates legally authorized to work in the united states. We participate with e- verify™ and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. employers can only use e-verify™ once you have accepted a job offer and completed the form I-9.
EEO Statement: Milk Bar is an equal opportunity employer and shall treat all applicants for employment equally based upon job-related qualifications and without regards to race, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, disability, religion, political activity, lawful tobacco use while off-duty, or any other characteristic protected by law.