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Materials Planner- Based in Petaluma, CA or Chicago, IL


About Us

The Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993 and has always looked to the future – whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or fueling stories, songs, and experiences with our IPA. Wherever you go: Beer Speaks, People Mumble. 


About the Role 

Responsible for processing product orders, monitoring the return and disposition of direct, indirect and returnable materials in support of current and future production needs. This proactive planner will learn and refine company purchasing policies and procedures and maintain supply inventory levels. The purchaser engages with Lagunitas’ supply base to ensure continuity of supply while managing appropriate inventory levels to minimize risk of loss and obsolescence. This role contributes to a full range of supply management services by assisting in SRM, strategic sourcing, supplier quality, and supply chain risk management.  This partner works closely with the Operations, Strategy, and Supply Chain teams to coordinate the development of plans and to ensure business needs are met by the supply base.


What You'll Do

  • Manages the timely flow of materials in the right quantities as the single point of contact between suppliers and breweries.
  • Identify discrepancies with purchase orders and implement solutions.
  • Purchase materials in support of new product innovation and testing.
  • Executes Lagunitas’ strategic sourcing process for applicable spend categories. 
  • Monitors supplier quality performance and manages supplier scorecards in support of supplier quality management initiatives.
  • Identifies risk in Lagunitas’ supply chain and drives the development of risk mitigation plans with affected business stakeholders to ensure continuity of supply, safety, and financial sustainability.
  • Assists in the negotiation process for select spend categories.
  • Identifies and develops business processes to improve departmental effectiveness and ensure sound supply management discipline.
  • Supports Operations through facilitation of supplier quality, service, and supply challenges to ensure continuity of production and facilitate future growth.  
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


What We're Lookin' For

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in Supply Management, Procurement, Supply Chain, or Inventory Management preferred.
  • Strong understanding of operations needs and challenges.
  • Ability to lead change amongst a cross-functional group of colleagues.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities within a dynamic environment.
  • Must be analytical, organized and efficient.
  • A constant learner, able to flourish in a fast-paced, high-growth, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Diligent attention to detail.
  • Passion for Lagunitas and the beer business.


Key Relationships

  • Reports directly to Supply Chain Planning Manager.
  • Frequent interaction with their peers: Planning Managers and Materials Purchaser. Demand Planning Manager, Procurement Category Manager and Operations and Brewing teams.


Physical Requirements

  • Willingness to travel approximately 10%.
  • Ability to use a computer keyboard and calculator.
  • Typical office environment (by Lagunitas standards).


There is a seat at our bar for Everyone

At Lagunitas, we welcome people (and dogs) from all walks of life. Anyone, regardless of their race, creed, nation of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability status, veteran status, marital status, or age, has a home here. Love, progress, and acceptance will always have a seat at our bar.

Nearest Major Market: Santa Rosa
Nearest Secondary Market: Petaluma

Job Segment: Risk Management, Supply, Procurement, Supply Chain, Demand Planner, Finance, Operations

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