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Contract Manufacturing Manager

Company: Realityworks
Location: Eau Claire
Posted on: June 17, 2022

Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:Reporting to the CEO, the Contract Manufacturing Manager is responsible for managing business activities of the Company's contract manufacturing relationships for existing and new products to meet the Company's quality, cost, delivery, and service goals that support the growth of the business. This individual will help to identify and onboard new contract manufacturers that expand manufacturing prowess or engineering capabilities in areas of need, eliminate manufacturing risk or provide supply line redundancy, and reduce cash utilization in the general business activities of the Company. This position is responsible for setting and managing 12-month rolling manufacturing plans with all contract manufacturers that align with the anticipated Company needs.The Contract Manufacturing Manager will oversee all activities related to the procurement of raw materials to meet the production plan, ensure quality control evaluations are completed during and post-manufacturing, and manage the logistics activities of goods produced. In addition, this position will manage inventory levels of goods stored for use at various warehouses.The position is a key influencer in the Company and plays a key role on the Company's Operations Team that directs and leads the Company.Realityworks is based out of Eau Claire, WI. Full-time remote work or a hybrid work arrangement is available for the selected candidate.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develops and sets manufacturing and purchasing plans for Company goods to meet projected sales needs
  • Coordinates with senior leadership on the Company's manufacturing plan to ensure agreement while collaborating to set budgetary needs and cash flow requirements of the plan
  • Awards manufacturing and purchasing contracts within budgetary limitations and consistent with cost, quality, and delivery requirements
  • Manages and directs the business relationship with various contract manufacturers, navigating issues and negotiating solutions to ensure efficient and cost-effective production efforts that meet the manufacturing plan
  • Manages risk associated with procurement of raw materials to meet the Company's manufacturing plan
  • Ensures quality control approval of all manufactured goods before goods are released for shipment from factories
  • Manages the logistics activities of goods moving from factory to warehouse
  • Manages the amount of cash required for warehouse inventory to mitigate risk of product availability while minimizing cash consumption
  • Manages the trust and collaboration among contract manufacturers and engages in strategic planning, partnerships, and business negotiations where value is created for the Company
  • Develops sourcing strategy for improved value and supply chain optimization while minimizing costs and decreasing geopolitical and logistics and raw material risks
  • Completes purchase requests with domestic and international partners by inputting purchase orders, expediting deliveries, and verifying all transactions
  • Ensures SA8000 compliance of key contract manufacturing partners through annual audits
  • Analyzes market conditions to assess present and future material availability, manufacturing, and logistics threats and develops mitigation plans accordingly
  • Maintains and reports product cost metrics; seeks and manages quarterly cost optimization assessments and leads cross-functional efforts to achieve identified efficiencies
  • Conducts frequent business reviews with contract manufacturers and manages all aspects of the relationship
  • Develops and manages MRP processes and ensures information in the Company's ERP is maintained accurately
  • Defines techniques to enhance the contract manufacturer management program processes and tools and leads the creation of initiatives
  • Performs other additional duties as assigned or requiredSUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Oversees buyer support staffKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
      • Strong knowledge of contract manufacturing operations with demonstrated problem-solving and leadership skills in such an environment
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interface and influence at all organizational levels
      • Ability to react to the needs of others in a professional and timely manner, often in a fast-paced environment
      • Strong strategic and tactical planning and organizing skills
      • Strong analytical skills to assess situations and drive decision making
      • Ability to manage multiple deadlines, prioritize tasks effectively, and adapt quickly to changing priorities
      • Good project management skills
      • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
      • Ability to analyze data and make recommendationsREQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
        • Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, engineering, business administration, operations management, or equivalent work experience
        • 5+ years of experience working primarily with sourcing, manufacturing, operations, or other supply chain role
        • Demonstrated experience and understanding of operations planning
        • Experience working in a global manufacturing operations management role, vetting, and working with international partners
        • Leadership, program management, and experience working with cross-functional teams
        • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and working knowledge of ERP systems, such as NetSuiteDESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
          • 10+ years of global sourcing experience of low volume, low-cost contract manufacturing operationsWORK ENVIRONMENT:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
            • Sedentary with occasional walking and standing in a home office setting
            • Minimal presence of hazards
            • Must be able to talk, listen, and speak clearly on telephone and videoTRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Occasional international and domestic travel to develop, promote, and maintain strategic relationships.BENEFITS:Realityworks values our employees and provides a generous benefits package, including:
              • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
              • Health, dental, and life insurance
              • 401(k) retirement plan with company matching
              • 20+ days paid time off
              • 10 paid holidays per year
              • Wellness programs including gym reimbursements and incentives to promote healthy living
              • Medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts
              • Long-term and short-term disability
              • Tuition assistance
              • Paid maternity/paternity/adoption leave
              • Charitable giving opportunities, including paid volunteer time and matching giftsABOUT REALITYWORKS, INC.:
                Realityworks is a 100% employee-owned company. We develop interactive, educational products that change lives. Our products and curricula are used in career & technical education, family & consumer sciences, health occupations, business education, welding instruction, social services, public health, the military, and more. Our experiential learning technology has been used around the world, improving and enhancing social, emotional, and physical health. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Realityworks, Inc. is a tobacco-free environment.

Keywords: Realityworks, Eau Claire , Contract Manufacturing Manager, Professions , Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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