Supply Chain Manager

AP Professionals
July 17, 2023
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AP Professionals has partnered with a food and beverage manufacturing company in search of a Supply Chain Manager. The Supply Chain manager plays a vital role in supporting manufacturing operations by effectively managing, evaluating, negotiating, and sourcing raw materials on a global scale, with a primary focus on fruit procurement. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining demand planning processes for all finished goods, ensuring optimal inventory levels to meet customer demands.

This is a direct hire opportunity.

This opportunity is not eligible for Visa sponsorship.


  • Foster supplier relationships through the establishment of standards, conducting site visits, monitoring compliance, and engaging in negotiations for pricing.
  • Ensure competitive product pricing by negotiating material costs and actively seeking out new suppliers.
  • Acquire necessary ingredients by closely monitoring production plans, schedules, quantities produced, and inventory levels, placing orders, and expediting deliveries.
  • Maintain, update, and manage a specification database.
  • Collaborate closely with Quality Control and Project Managers to optimize product sourcing processes.
  • Establish demand planning methodologies that incorporate historical trends and planned promotional activities.
  • Manage inventory levels by developing production schedules for all contract manufacturing partners based on forecasts, capacities, raw material availability, price, and quality considerations.
  • Coordinate with the logistics team to provide real-time and detailed information on raw materials and finished products.
  • Maintain daily communication with suppliers in Chinese, serving as a direct liaison between the Rochester, NY office and China.
  • Contribute to organizational effectiveness by identifying both short-term and long-range issues that require attention.
  • Develop plans by analyzing and interpreting data, conducting comparative analyses, and recommending various options and courses of action.
  • Identify buying patterns through research on purchasing activities and input relevant data and economic indicators.
  • Develop and maintain accurate forecasts by tracking and incorporating changes into forecast models.
  • Safeguard the organization's market position by maintaining the confidentiality of sales and forecast information.
  • Fulfill purchasing and organizational goals by accomplishing related tasks and objectives.
  • Stay updated on business trends by tracking industry developments, participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and engaging in professional organizations.
  • Perform other assigned duties as required.


  • Hold a Bachelor's Degree in Business or a related field, or possess an Associate's Degree coupled with substantial relevant work experience


  • Proficient in international transportation terms and procedures, including INCOTERMS, ISF filing, Commercial Invoices, customs clearance, and Harmonized Tariff classification.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics

  • Strong proficiency in both spoken and written Chinese is highly desirable.
  • Deliver exceptional service to both internal and external customers, while consistently upholding the company's core values.
  • Exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a particular focus on follow-up and organizational abilities.
  • Possess experience using Microsoft Office and Outlook, with a strong proficiency in Excel.
  • Familiarity with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is an advantage.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of demand planning, forecasting, and production scheduling.
  • Ability to analyze intricate data sets and identify opportunities for ongoing improvement.
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