Kerry Senior Materials Manager in Beloit, Wisconsin

Company Overview

Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Leading to better.

Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!

Leading to better, together.

Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage. Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

  • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action

  • Empowering our people

  • Promoting diverse thinking

  • Investing in innovation

  • Acting on sustainability

  • Embracing our differences

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Description and Responsibilities

The Senior Materials Manager will be located in Beloit. They will work under the direction of the VP’s of Operations (Dairy & Culinary, Dry Beverage and Meat Systems) and the Directors of Supply Chain to help meet corporate, business unit, and department objectives and goals. Direct reporting relationship will be to Director, Supply Chain Dairy & Culinary.

The Senior Materials Manager is responsible for driving efficiencies for Kerry’s dry blending technology by working with the Material Managers at each plant and maintaining a balanced schedule that considers both product costs and plant utilization across the Kerry network.

They also support the business by preparing, analyzing, monitoring and reporting on performance metrics. Ensuring data accuracy and developing tools to effectively communicate information are keys to the position. The individual must have the ability to multitask, analyze, troubleshoot, make recommendations, and implement solutions within the business and across multiple business units.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Support Business Objectives

  • Daily activities

  • Develop a Capacity plan for work centers under their responsibility

  • Managing the capacity plan and work with materials managers to balance asset utilization across multiple work centers and sites

  • Work with material manager /plant schedulers to utilize the balanced plan to re-prioritize the production

  • Drive proper maintenance of system parameters and information feeding into the capacity model by working with the material managers.

  • Strategic Activities

  • Collaborate with all team members to share knowledge

  • For example, new business opportunities

  • Maintain a rolling capacity plan for 9-12 months of production

  • Promote change in a positive manner

  • Establish and lead the S&OP process meetings for their technology

  • Assign proper work center and routing to new items by working with commercialization

  • Work with plant operations teams to meet inventory targets while maintaining customer service levels

  • Actively participate in technical, business, and professional development

  • Project work

  • Support acquisition/integration projects within their technology

  • Support process and product optimizations

  • Analysis

  • Present long term capacity plan to VP’s of Operations and Director of Supply Chain monthly

  • Aid in the development and monitoring of performance metrics

  • Produce capacity reports monthly and work with material managers to review

  • Produce inventory reports weekly and review any Inventory Adjustments / Excesses / Shortages with material managers


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from a four-year college or university in Accounting, Applied Economics, Finance, Quantitative Business Analysis, Supply Chain, Business Operations Management or related field of study. Advanced analytical, planning and problem-solving abilities.

  • Minimum four years-experience in supply chain or operations functions

  • Inquisitive nature that enjoys problem-solving and identifying business improvements.

  • Must be detail oriented and able to work in a fast moving, demanding environment.

  • Ability and willingness to grow and develop beyond current position.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to build strong interpersonal relationships at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to work across matrix reporting relationships to build consensus plans and recommendations for management of equipment and throughput capacity.

  • Supervisory experience or hands-on experience in a fast-paced manufacturing environment is preferred.

Requisition ID 2018-14369

Division Kerry

Position Type Full Time

Recruiter AD1

Posting Type LI

Posting Type CB