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Inventory Manager

Posted on 14 November 2022 by

General Business 
Chicago, IL  

Job Description
The Inventory Manager is accountable for purchasing, receiving, and distribution of product through the execution of standard operational policies and procedures. Achieves financial objectives by managing key metrics, identifying opportunities, and developing action plans for improvement.

Manages the account’s product inventory, procurement processes and, ordering and monitoring product inventory levels, to enhance key business metrics and ensure client product needs are met. Responsible for ensuring prompt, pleasant and complete service is provided to internal and external contacts needing product or information. Supports the Service STARS culture and safety leadership in the account to provide a positive workplace.

Job Responsibilities

Provides oversight and direction on inventory levels in the field and at distributors
Procures product by setting a purchasing schedule, coordinating with vendors, and utilizing the available tools to create purchase orders.
Ensures schools and distributors have accurate par levels of product, inventory level and proper product set-up in inventory system.
Enforces food safety requirements through First-in, First-out (FIFO) product rotation, managing date codes, and ensuring temperature requirements are met.
Controls inventory levels and product cost by coordinating/conducting physical counts (frequency TBD) and working closely with Senior Procurement Manager to resolve inventory overages and shortages.
Optimizes inventory by managing, analyzing trends, and improving product days-on-hand, client fill rate metrics, and other key product metrics.
Works closely with location management team and regional support team to continuously improve the operations.
Participates and fulfills objectives and initiatives from Headquarters
Performs other procurement, administrative and/or operations duties as required.
This job profile does not contain a comprehensive listing of all required activities, duties, or responsibilities. Job duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Manage third party production kitchen ordering and inventory ensuring efficient operation and meeting site needs
Manages proprietary product and inventory databases
Monitor site needs cross referenced with menu forecasting to reduce food cost and overproduction
Ensure HACCP and safety standards are followed at all times

Monitors in-bound and out-bound inventories of food and supplies to ensure efficient storage and utilization of product. Tracks, reconciles, and orders product inventories for the account to effectively manage out-of-stocks, out-of-date product and weeks-on-hand to fulfill client needs.

Communicates with affected managers and front line personnel regarding any voids, delays or other product changes that may affect a client delivery as well as to discuss alternative product needs where required to meet client demand. Communicates with vendors as needed to ensure timely delivery of ordered product and equipment.

Owns and fosters effective communication at all levels of the organization.

Performs other procurement, administrative and/or operations duties as required.

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