• Commodity/Packaging Manager

    Job Locations US-IA-Norway
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    **When applying with Frontier Coop, it is not necessary to enter work history on application form if resume is uploaded.



    Sources and procures commodities, mitigates risk, assesses market volatility for purpose of manufacture and distribution. Assists in the design/plan/validation and implementation of new packaging technologies. Integrates all different roles within the company.




    • Create and interpret material specifications
    • Create impactful differentiation in materials/packaging that aligns with operational capabilities, sustainability goals, and food safety requirements.
    • Evaluates and prioritizes projects by investigating new technology, related costs, requirements, data, and performance improvement opportunities.
    • Prioritizes, develops and implements cost savings initiatives.
    • Sources multiple suppliers of commodities, packaging, and/or materials, maintains reliable contacts, and obtains quotations for purchase items.
    • Develops and implements procurement strategies, tactics, and procedures for purchased items.
    • Ensures purchasing documents are completed properly and terms and conditions of purchases are appropriate.
    • Expedites supplier deliveries to maintain desired inventory level and resolves supplier invoice discrepancies.
    • Processes samples from suppliers for quality assurance evaluation.
    • Generates reports on strategic and tactical implementations and presents to management.
    • Manages level of inventory investment for purchase items and works with other departments to resolve inventory and production issues.
    • Establishes and maintains an organized filing system.
    • Travels to meet with suppliers and potential suppliers.
    • Has a critical role in assuring food safety, quality and continuous improvement.
    • Other duties as assigned.




    • Provides functional supervision by directing the work activity of other employees, but is not responsible for hiring, termination, evaluation, pay decisions, or corrective action.
    • Takes responsibility for safety within department and actively assesses hazards in their department and finds solutions to those hazards.
    • Reinforces a safety culture: leads by example, reminds employees to work safely, praises good behavior and safe practices, encourages suggestions, communicates consequences for unsafe acts, holds employees accountable, disciplines employees when warranted.



    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



    Engineering degree preferred. Bachelor's degree (B. A.) in business administration with applicable experience considered, supply chain management, or related field from four-year college or university; and minimum 5 years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree is preferred.



    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret such items as highly detailed professional, scientific, and technical journals, and legal documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints from both inside and outside the company. Ability to write speeches, articles or memos using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to such groups as top management, boards of directors, or the general public.



    Ability to comprehend the most complex financial principles. Ability to use a computer to create highly customized spreadsheets and charts, run reports, and interpret data. Ability to analyze balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and the most detailed types of financial documents, and apply that information to make long-term, strategic decisions.




    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Strong analytical skills and organizational skills.
    • Ability to work within team concept.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel programs; familiarity with other business software.
    • CAD skills preferred
    • Contract law proficiency
    • GFSI familiarity
    • Material manufacturing and converting knowledge
    • Understanding and experience with paperboard, corrugate, film, plastics and glass packaging materials
    • Strong negotiation skills
    • SPC
    • Familiarity with Materials Resource Planning (MRP) ordering process.
    • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
    • 10% - 20% travel required



    APICS certification, CPM, Six Sigma/LEAN, and HACCP preferred. 



    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear, and view a computer monitor or video display.  The employee frequently is required to use hands and/or fingers to type, handle, or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision, necessary to distinguish type and quality of product.



    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



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