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Company Background

Traditional Medicinals® (TM) is a growing, financially sound, 41 year-old herbal medicinal tea company based in Sonoma County, CA. The company manufactures over 50 varieties of tea in its solar-powered Sebastopol facility, and recently opened a Marketing and Sales Office in Petaluma. TM is proud to be the number one medicinal, organic, and Fair Trade herbal tea company in the US. In 1974, TM pioneered the herbal medicinal tea category and over the years has grown to become the sixth-largest bagged tea company in the US. Its products are distributed nationally across all channels, from health and natural foods stores (Whole Foods), to all major national grocery chains, to mass market retailers (Target & Walmart).

TM is an independent, mission-driven company with a planning horizon extending beyond the next generation. The concept of a triple bottom line focusing on people, planet, and profits is part of the Company’s mission and the basis for its success over the past 41 years. We have a manufacturing and warehousing operation based in Sebastopol, CA, which is 65 miles north of San Francisco, and a Sales and Marketing Office located in Petaluma, CA which is 40 miles north of San Francisco.

Job Opening(s):

Sales Planning Manager

Associate Engineer for Continuous Improvement

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Sales Planning Manager

Reports To: Senior Sales Services Manager
Hours: Full Time
Location: Petaluma

Summary

The Sales Planning Manager is responsible for providing TM stakeholders with visibility to past, present and future business conditions. This key member of the sales team will guide the sales forecasting process, monitor external business conditions, support the trade planning process, and translate their findings into an overall business forecast. While this department will provide forecasts for Operations, the primary objective is to provide forecasting for overall company business planning.

Overall Responsibilities

Provide a monthly, quarterly, annual and five year forecast for the company.

  • Manage the monthly sales forecasting process.
  • Monitor distributor inventory levels and assess impact to the forecast.
  • Provide visibility to the company for developing trends in the market, including consumer, customer, competitive and channel dynamics.
  • Manage the Trade Insights System and assist Sales Managers in the administration of their trade promotion plans.
  • Assist the Senior Manager of Sales Services in setting trade strategy.
  • Manage all necessary reporting for sales volume for the company including daily reports, standardized monthly, quarterly or annual reports and any ad hoc reporting requests.
  • Development, maintenance, and communication of TM’s Sales Policies & Procedures.
  • Review and Manage Customer Price Lists.
  • Manages Broker Commissions.
  • Act as a key support member of the Cross Functional Leadership Team.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 4-6 years of experience in a forecasting, trade marketing, or similar sales support role in the CPG industry.

Skills

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Understanding how multiple functions contribute and interact with one another.
  • The ability to have influence across multiple departments.
  • An understanding of retail customers.
  • Technical skills- Excel (Strong), Power Point, and Word.
  • Knowledge of syndicated data systems – SPINS, AC Nielsen, or IRI.
  • A strong understanding of the trade promotion planning process.

Physical Requirements

Requires prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, and other office equipment. Able to sporadically lift and carry up to 20 lbs.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for this position please send your cover letter and resume to recruiting@tradmed.com and please state Assistant Sales Planning Manager in the subject heading. Note: This position is based at our Sales and Marketing office in Petaluma. We look forward to your submission!

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Associate Engineer, Continuous Improvement

Reports To: Director of Engineering
Hours: Full Time
Location: Sebastopol, CA

Summary

The Associate Engineer for Continuous Improvement Initiatives will be responsible for improving both manufacturing and business processes at Traditional Medicinals (TM) by implementing the concepts of LEAN and Six Sigma. This position will also be responsible for small to medium sized projects in the operations group, ensuring that the projects are implemented on time, on budget, and in such a way that the benefits create long-term value for the company. This is an individual contributor role.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Use KPIs to drive corrective actions and continuous improvement.
  • Establish and maintain effective metric measurements, tracking and reporting tools.
  • Perform product/process analysis for cost reduction, in-process quality improvement, and improved efficiency.
  • Manage small to medium size projects ($50k-$250k) ensuring that projects are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Manage all aspects of analysis from scope definition to delivery with ultimate responsibility for project plan, content, and timeline management, as well as through training and implementation.
  • Assist in design, installation and commissioning of new production processes, monitoring modifications and upgrades, and troubleshooting existing processes.
  • Interface and coordinate with vendors/customers to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts; evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • Participate in FATs for systems and equipment as needed.
  • Leverage tools and processes including project charters, process maps, voice of the customer analyses, statistical analysis, and tools to turn data into information.
  • Make observations and collect data directly, as well as collect and interpret data from other technical and operating staff involved.
  • Lead and support development of process improvements and systems optimization affecting safety, reliability, product quality, unit cost, and customer satisfaction.
  • Interface and coordinate with Sales, Planning, QA and R&D staff concerning product specifications to ensure efficient production methods and quality results.
  • Help develop, coordinate, and implement technical training for employees.
  • Ensure that all affected teams are involved in the creation of solutions and alternative evaluations. Monitor metrics for manufacturing and establish corrective action plans aimed towards continuous improvement.
  • Synthesize conclusions into recommendations and work directly with manufacturing teams to implement change.
  • Collaborate with others via strong communication skills (written and verbal) with an ability to understand, share and synthesize information into concise recommendations.

Key Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial Engineering or similar work experience.
  • From 2-5 years of experience, preferably in cGMP dietary supplement or pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Capital project construction, startup and validation experience desired.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Working knowledge of Lean and/or Six Sigma (Certification / belt preferred).
  • Allen Bradley PLC knowledge is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish preferred.
  • VBA coding, SQL database querying, or similar knowledge.
  • Ability to travel 10%, both domestically and internationally.
  • Ability to meet minimum physical requirements to work in a production or warehouse environment.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to analyze business problems from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective.
  • Ability to think innovatively.
  • Comfortable managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Passionate believer of visual metrics and focused KPI’s.
  • Extremely well-organized and accurate with details.
  • Highly creative and out-of-the-box thinking.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for this position please send your cover letter and resume to recruiting@tradmed.com and please state Associate Engineer for Continuous Improvement in the subject heading. We look forward to your submission!

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