Chicago, Illinois

TITLE: Senior Manager, Materials Planning

REPORTS TO: Director, Supply Chain Planning

LOCATION: Chicago, IL


Lactalis Heritage Dairy is currently seeking candidates to join our team in Chicago. 


Lactalis Group, the world leader in dairy, is a family-owned business with more than 85,000 pragmatic and ambitious professionals worldwide, committed to providing healthy and delicious dairy products that bring people together every day. At Lactalis, our core values of AMBITION, ENGAGEMENT, and SIMPLICITY are at the heart of everything we do.


If you’re looking for a unique experience with a company that offers strong brands, professional expertise, and a dynamic work environment that champions entrepreneurial spirit, hands-on responsibility, and real opportunity for career development, we want to hear from you!


Lactalis Heritage Dairy: inviting you to share with us your STORY, your PASSION, and your EXPERTISE.


From your PASSION to ours

The Senior Manager of Materials Planning is responsible for leading the Packaging and Ingredients Materials Planning process to ensure the achievement of the business plan, and support company initiatives, and customer requirements. Deliver, lead and execute the short, medium and long-range plan to drive revenue generation through customer fill rate delivery, and optimize cash flow investment while minimizing manufacturing and distribution cost and product waste. Responsible for ensuring the continuity of supply of packaging and ingredient materials to production facilities. Coordinate materials and inventory management through strong cross-functional partnerships with Marketing, Procurement, R&D, Suppliers, Quality, Plants, Product Change Managers, and Finance. 


From your EXPERTISE to ours

Key responsibilities for this position include:

  • Ensure flawless execution of the materials management aspects of commercialization and change management initiatives to ensure customer and productivity commitments are met by establishment and maintenance of effective communications with internal contacts (R&D, Procurement, Quality, Finance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Plants, BU leadership) and external contacts (suppliers & External Manufacturers). Deliver transition strategy alternatives to the BU which enable cost-based decisions. 
  • Ensure availability of materials through delivery of supplier forecasts, supplier collaboration, establishment of effective communications and monitoring of key touch points. This delivers capability to produce finished goods as desired to enable delivery of service level to customers. 
  • Develop and implement optimal inventory replenishment strategies with Procurement, Suppliers, and Plants which align with BU manufacturing strategy, desired service levels, and BU risk profile. This provides cost-based supplier run rules and clarifies liability for supplier held inventory.
  • Develop and lead inventory reduction initiatives entailing optimization of SAP MRP parameters, total supply chain process improvement, and application of Lean principles. Ensure cash flow goals (eg. Inventory $$ & DIOH are met)
  • Minimize impact of unneeded excess inventory through transfer to other LHD locations, return to supplier, or salvage sale (ingredients). 
  • Provide input to Procurement on projected volumes, business changes, supplier performance, and contractual needs so that Procurement can write contracts that serve the BUs and minimize total cost 
  • Manage major supply disruptions driven by extraordinary events (flood, supplier bankruptcy, supplier Equipment failure, major quality issues, etc). 
  • Understand supplier capacity constraints and have appropriate contingency plans in place to maintain supply when capacity is exceeded. 
  • Maintain key data impacting job function such as contract balances and material discontinuation
  • Continuously improve job processes and provide continuous improvement suggestions for the larger Materials Management Function.  
  • Background in system implementation or continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Experience leading a team including hiring, talent management and professional development. 

Chicago, Illinois

Lactalis Group, the world leader in dairy, is a family-owned business with more than 85,000 pragmatic and ambitious professionals worldwide, committed to providing healthy and delicious dairy products that bring people together every day. At Lactalis, our core values of AMBITION, ENGAGEMENT, and SIMPLICITY are at the heart of everything we do. If you’re looking for a unique experience with a company that offers strong brands, professional expertise, and a dynamic work environment that champions entrepreneurial spirt, hands-on responsibility and real opportunity for career development, we want to hear from you! Lactalis Heritage Dairy: inviting you to share with us your STORY, your PASSION, and your EXPERTISE.

Similar jobs