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Hostess Brands, Inc. Inventory Management Control Specialist in Lenexa, Kansas

Hostess Brands, LLC, is a large packaged food company focused on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing fresh baked sweet goods in the United States such as Ding Dongs®, Ho Hos®, Donettes® and Fruit Pies, in addition to Twinkies®, CupCakes, Voortman’s Cookies and Wafers.

The Inventory Management Control Specialist is responsible to work cross-functionally to help ensure proper inventory levels are available at the right time and place to meet customer demand, while reducing excess and obsolete inventory (Finished Goods and Raw Materials/Packaging). This individual identifies the exceptions driving fill rate issues (out-of-stocks) and obsolescence (aged inventory), facilitating the necessary steps across the Supply Chain to minimize impact.

The ideal candidate will have strong “hands-on” experience in an ERP/MRP environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills are vital. The individual in this role will be highly analytical and capable of performing in a very fast-paced environment. This position will report to Director of Supply Chain Planning and will be located at the corporate office in Lenexa, KS.

  • Build processes and tools aimed at balancing inventory and production needs and evaluation of future supply needs

  • Maintain a daily inventory dashboard report that reviews production receipt timing and projected inventory consumption to identify inventory gaps and constraints

  • Identify “HOT” loads as needed from the Bakeries as well as communicating estimated arrival and prioritization of “HOT” loads at the DC for priority unload.

  • Gain a detailed understanding of Inventory constraints in each Hostess Brands distribution center to be able to better serve each downstream customer

  • Daily cross-functional contact with Customer Service (evaluating product shortfalls), Bakery Shipping (expedited/rush shipping needs), and Distribution Centers (product arrival timing)

  • Facilitate daily management exception discussion with Hostess Brands DC’s and transportation teams reviewing STO needs and exceptions

  • Ad hoc research requests and root cause analysis on Fill Rate and E&O inventory challenges

  • Maintain an inventory drawdown schedule for overflow inventory management; including schedule building and communication, STO order entry, and order release to transportation/distribution prior to shipment of required loads

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Supply Chain Management, Business, Finance, or related field.

  • 3+ years professional experience in planning and managing Inventory.

  • APICS (CPIM or CSCP) certification preferred

  • Experience utilizing an MRP/ERP system; SAP experience preferred

  • Experience utilizing a Statistical/Demand/Resource Planning system (Logility, JDA, SAP APO, etc.)

  • Experience within the consumer packaged goods industry is preferred

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the proven ability to communicate with all levels and functions including management and retail partners.

  • High level of analytical thinking and attention to detail with strong aptitude in order management.

  • Outstanding organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize workload, and concurrently manage multiple projects.

  • Advanced skill in Excel and Data Warehouse proficiency in other Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)

  • Proven ability to build productive cross-functional relationships

  • Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.

Travel Requirements – Limited / <5%

ID: 2021-1259

External Company Name: Hostess Brands, Inc.

External Company URL: http://www.hostessbrands.com/

Street: 7905 Quivera Road