September 9, 2019

Supply Chain Director

The Jackfruit Company

Who We Are:
The Jackfruit Company converts a heavily underutilized miracle crop – jackfruit, the world’s meatiest plant — to income for farming families, and plant-based whole foods. Today, TJC is 70% of all jackfruit retail product sales and the largest single buyer for jackfruit in the world. With our Smoked Pulled Jackfruit, we are the second plant-based entrant into the Fresh Meat category (after Beyond Meat), and are poised for major growth bringing new retail product lines to market, and expanding upon 2018’s 2x growth in foodservice. Our aim is to mainstream consumption of jackfruit, a >$1 billion opportunity, by meeting rising consumer demand for plant-based whole food, in contrast to heavily processed alternatives. We are a top 5 brand in the Refrigerated Meat Alternatives category, with distribution at major retailers including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Kroger, Publix, Safeway, and Costco, and have grown >7x since 2016. CEO Annie Ryu founded TJC as a college pre-medical student in 2011 to transform healthy eating, farmers’ livelihoods, and humanity’s eco-footprint for the better.

What You Will Do:
The Jackfruit Company (TJC) is seeking an ambitious, experienced, entrepreneurial, and collaborative operations professional for the position of Supply Chain Senior Manager/Director, reporting to the VP of Finance. The Supply Chain Senior Manager/Director is responsible for demand planning and purchasing, in close partnership with internal sales, finance, and sourcing team members and external manufacturing partners. The Supply Chain Senior Manager/Director manages TJC’s domestic supply chain, including port of arrival, Customs clearance, freight in, and warehousing, and drives supply chain efficiencies and cost savings. This role is an integral member of the team and will work cross-functionally with departmental leaders and external partners. This role is essential to TJC’s success and our ability to rapidly scale.
ROLE / RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Supply Chain Senior Manager/Director is the company’s internal leader in demand planning, purchasing, and domestic supply chain, focused on building relationships, driving efficiencies, and scaling our supply chain systems for exponential growth. The successful candidate will have strong business acumen, assertive diplomatic tact, and strong desire and ability to collaborate, create alignment, and drive results across internal and external partners.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Leads demand planning: forecasts inventory needs across multiple product lines and ingredient inputs with varying shelf lives, in close partnership with internal sales, finance, and sourcing team members and with external manufacturing partners
Creates POs for all products; manages relationships with US-based manufacturing partners in collaboration with the head of R&D and commercialization
Manages the import, Customs clearance, freight in, warehousing, and freight out supply chain from manufacturers through delivery to customers; manages and develops one direct report responsible for freight out
Effectively manages relationships across TJC’s distribution systems, developing and seeking out strategic partnerships to lead the organization through periods of growth Analyzes customer base and distribution system to identify opportunities to reduce costs and to consolidate the company’s transit and storage systems
Develops and maintains supply chain reporting and dashboarding
Troubleshoots day-to-day product distribution and customer service issues as needed
Ensures timely and accurate order-to-cash process, with support from direct report and part- time accounting coordinator
Assists contracted accounting firm with month-end reconciliation of inventories at warehouses
Assists the R&D, commercialization, and quality departments with follow up related to US manufacturing partners, as needed
Works collaboratively with all departments to assess future needs and proactively provides support to execute company initiatives
The ideal candidate embodies the TJC vision, mission, and culture with strong interpersonal skills, professional and personal integrity, and an effective communication style.
Who You Are:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Finance, or related field, or MBA, preferred. 3+ years of experience in supply chain, logistics, or operations, including at least 1 year in demand planning, required. Experience with quality control, co-packer management, and/or commercialization support, preferred. 10-15% domestic & international travel required.
The candidate must have proven experience influencing and supporting executive-level leaders and programs and be equally able to roll up his/her sleeves to deliver great work, and to engage cross- functionally. The candidate must be adept at working in a fast-paced setting, have a strong sense of curiosity, and navigate ambiguity with ease. The ideal candidate is characterized by the following:
Excellent demand planning and forecasting ability, encompassing multiple scenarios based on a high-growth environment with significant variabilities and uncertainties.
Skilled in balancing between strategic thinking and executional know-how. Brings a vision to life with hands-on execution.
Excellent problem solving and project management skills, with impeccable attention to detail. Identifies and asks the right questions to get to the right solutions and next steps.
Experienced partnering with US manufacturers; excellent communication and negotiation abilities, with experience motivating external stakeholders to achieve common aims
Experienced in high-growth and boot-strapped environments
Positive, enthusiastic, hardworking, persistent, and dependable; builds team and thrives on effective collaboration
Self-motivated and a doer with entrepreneurial spirit and excellent time-management skill; highly results-driven

 

Please send inquiries to Jill Hunziker at jill.hunziker@creativealignments.com.