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Sourcing Specialist

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Shiga, Japan - JPN
  • Post Date: 7/11/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
  • Post End Date: July 30 - 2019
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Job ID: R-31145

Job Description Summary:

Ensure supply of materials to meet production plan and manage suppliers in day-to-day basis, while optimizing inventory, lead time, write-offs and supply chain efficiency.
Develop strategy and negotiate for locally managed spend of both ingredients and packaging materials.
Responsible for driving Kaizen activities in procurement process in line with global standardization initiatives and developing value creation opportunities.
  • Business Planning
    • Perform budget preparation of materials / ingredients requirement, and execute the process of PPV analysis
  • Supplier Management & Development
    • Manage existing suppliers by regular performance review on supplier's delivery and drive improvement.
    • File in non-compliance report, record SSDR; perform root cause analysis with suppliers & internal related parties, and make sure correction plan in place and actions taken to achieve effectiveness; and follow through till closure.
    • Perform adequate checks on product quality, stability and price competitiveness, to drive improvement in cost structure, supply reliability and flexibility.
    • Manage suppliers in accordance with Supply Guiding Principle (SGP) and make sure period audits conducted, as well as other cooperative initiatives, like Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), etc..
  • Purchase Order Management
    • Ensure manufacturing requirements are met and inventory policy adhered to.
    • Follow through and monitor inbound deliveries with Suppliers, Warehouse, 3PL, BU and related parties in Moriyama to ensure materials are available in-time for production and meeting inventory guidelines.
    • Liaise with suppliers and 3PL to expedite the activities coordinating for receiving of inbound materials to support production usage and trials.  Activities include and are not limited to custom clearance, registration of products with the necessary authorities, export and import clearance, transportation / freight coordination.
    • Revise delivery schedule in a timely manner to communicate changes either internally or externally driven (eg, changes in customer priorities) to the relevant parties.  Pull in or push out ingredients / packaging materials accordingly to ensure a healthy inventory situation.
    • Liaise with Master Planner, Production, QA, Warehouse, Product Commercialization, Formulations and related parties in BU as appropriate.
    • Ensure Purchase Order closure and perform Invoice verification with Finance, as necessary.
  • Inventory/Write-off Management
    • Purchase ingredients and materials in adherence to the inventory guidelines to support the production plan, and optimize inventory level.
    • Support the Materials Review Board (MRB) process by ensuring inventory levels comply with company's policy and write-off are minimized.
    • Proactively communicate inventory at risk and coordinate with other functions to minimize write-off from supply management point of view.
    • Negotiate with suppliers in terms of compensation for committed part of ingredient.
  • Category Management & Negotiation
    • Identify supplier portfolio for locally/regionally managed ingredients/packaging materials; perform industry analysis, optimize internal needs and develop category strategy for management.
  • Internal stakeholders management
    • Proactively work with various stakeholders, such as R&D, Quality, Production, etc, especially with global procurement partners—SIS and CPS Procurement team, give constructive input/feedbacks and implement category procurement strategy.
  • IT compliance and maintenance
    • As part controller for purchased items in SAP, review and manage the Master Data and planning parameters in SAP or other planning system on a continuous basis to ensure good accurate and reliable information are exploded from MRP.
    • Drive SAP utilization standardization
  • Local regulation/authority management
  • Understand and comply with local policies and authorities' requirements, and share internally when necessary
  • Drive improvement initiatives
  • Ownership of Kaizen activity in procurement process.
  • Proactively be involved and make contribution to the global supply management initiative.
  • Lead to identify and execute value creation opportunities.

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