Job Posting: Serta Simmons Bedding – Supply Chain Manager

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Reports To: General Manager – Operations         

Location: Vancouver     

Position Type: Operations

Job Purpose

  • Responsible for overseeing and leading the team responsible for ordering and scheduling plant operations, raw materials, and scheduling and planning outbound freight routes to minimize overall costs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops, implements, and monitors all logistics management activities required for the timely and efficient transportation and distribution of products to ship to locations
  • Coordinates and proactively communicates with internal and external logistics contracts, cross-company functional contacts, as well as suppliers/vendors as needed to ensure a consistent and efficient flow of goods and services (Not responsible for “sourcing” policies)
  • Create transportation capacity strategy and develop contingency plans to cost-effectively support varying levels of company sales
  • Work with National Materials, Sourcing & Logistics departments to identify opportunities to reduce both inbound and outbound freight costs
  • Manage loading dock group to ensure the accurate lading of goods according to approved loading practices to prevent freight damage during transit and ensuring safe truck operation
  • Ensures appropriate and cost-effective plans for shipments of incoming and outgoing products/supplies, ensuring timely, efficient, and high-quality delivery.
  • Ensure that all raw materials are forecast, planned, and ordered to ensure 100% demand fulfillment in alignment with Corporate Sourcing strategy
  • Oversee the creation of the Plant production schedule for all raw materials and finished goods to include major promotions, current orders, and forecast volumes; including data analysis to support this process
  • Source materials from local suppliers where National contracts do not exist
  • Order all raw materials in a cost effective manner consistent with a make-to-order production environment
  • Manage all activities related to Plant scheduling and outbound freight planning
  • Manage build out of raw materials to prevent obsolescence due to line change
  • Manage safety levels stock allocation within OHM program to avoid shortages and overages of raw materials
  • Manage receiving staff to maximize efficiencies and reduce labor costs where possible
  • Provide and manage weekly KPI to mgmt. team
  • Participate in various daily- weekly- monthly meetings as required
  • Plan and analyze daily cycle counts


  • Bachelor’s degree (Business or Engineering preferred) or equivalent work experience
  • Proven experience leading cross-functional teams in a project-oriented environment
  • Expert ability to influence and effectively communicate with individuals/groups from varied backgrounds and skill levels
  • Strong production planning and communication skills both written and verbal
  • Should be familiar with specifications, drawings, and bills of materials
  • Must be proficient with MS Office (especially Excel)
  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills
  • Task oriented with strong organizational and time management skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Understanding of inventory turns and inventory control policies including cycle counts and layered audit systems                         

Major Relationships:     

  • Operations Manager
  • HR Business Partner
  • Shipping Supervisor (and unionized team)
  • Value Stream Manager
  • KPO/Maintenance Manager
  • Controller
  • Scheduler
  • Purchasing Agent

Working Conditions:     

  • Up to 25% travel
  • Hands on direct leadership in the manufacturing environment; frequent walking the plant floor
  • Minimal travel required (to attend company conferences and training).

Physical Requirements:

  • Work is primarily active in nature.
  • Requires frequent bending and walking of Plant floor.