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C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Slotting Efficiency & Maintenance Analyst in Windsor Locks, Connecticut

About Our Company

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. , based in Keene, NH, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 6,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 150,000 different products. At C&S, We Select the Best® – those with the motivation, pride, and drive to succeed in our fast-paced world.

Working Safely is a Condition of Employment at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. C&S Wholesale Grocers is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

Position Overview

The primary purpose of this position is to: (1) Perform and manage detailed analyses and project planning related to strategic transformations of product carriage & presentation within/among C&S, (2) Define and enforce standards for evaluating the efficacy of slotters and/or warehouse modification initiatives, (3) Supervise local slotters in performance best their duties, and (4) Develop tools and training programs for local slotters.

Summary of C&S Benefits

As a local employer of choice in the community, C&S is proud to offer our employees a competitive benefit package that includes:

• A choice of medical, dental, and vision plans to fit you and your family’s needs eligibility starting your first day

• 401(K) Savings Plan eligibility starting after 90 days

• Paid Personal/Sick and Vacation Time in the first year for all hourly non-union employees

• Holiday Pay eligibility for full-time employees

• Tuition Reimbursement Program eligibility after one year of service

• Flexible scheduling opportunities

• And more!

Job Description

Take responsibility for key event planning (i.e. business transitions, new business, holiday planning, etc.) of C&S facilities in a comprehensive project-managerial fashion, including (but not strictly limited to) the following:

  • Item-level product allocation to slotting methods and facility geography

  • Impacts to peripheral facility operations and/or labor ramifications

  • Anticipation of changes to data systems and/or facility operations

  • Lead inter-department project meetings to gain stakeholder alignment on key decisions and report on project status updates

  • Manage onsite contractors and insure project scope is complete on time and under budget; coordinate project updates

Forge and maintain a body of software tools, analytical processes and operational assumptions that guide event planning, and which local slotters also use to maintain best stewardship of their respective facilities:

  • Determine the needs for new tools or innovations to existing slotting tools

  • Determine priorities of such competing emergent requirements

  • Management of such in the context of resource and project planning

Assume a dotted-line supervisory relationship over approximately 7-10 local facility slotters that are stationed in a given geographic area, with multi-disciplinary approaches tailored to the various facility types in the network (e.g. Dry, Perishable, Frozen, GM/HBC), and decide on means of monitoring their efficiency and efficacy. The role works with the Operations Management team in their respective facilities to ensure each warehouse slotter is utilizing the software tools properly and managing the routine slotting function to the corporate standard.

Develop & maintain a formal training program for local slotters covering such topics as:

  • Interface and use of the relevant systems, e.g. WICS, EXE, Red Prairie, etc.

  • Analytical techniques for processing the relevant information, e.g. MS-Access, MS-Excel, Teradata, etc.

  • Slotting “best practices,” e.g. tradeoffs/compromises & rules of thumb

Assume ownership of WMS modifications (e.g. shot breaks, putaway logic, etc.), and act as a gatekeeper for various facility data requests, particularly those outside the standard skill scope of a local slotter.

Assist local facility management teams in the endeavor of hiring qualified personnel to perform local slotting duties, conduct and/or arrange their training program, and monitor their performance on a semi-daily basis.

Assemble and manage ad-hoc teams of warehouse associates to assist in analysis and optimization of such plans as needed, and/or to execute slotting plans in conjunction with local management

Skills and Experience

Education (Minimum Needed): BS in Industrial Engineering / Business Analytics field, or 5+ years’ distribution/warehousing experience in the capacity of planning and/or optimization.

Experience (Minimum Needed ): 2-3 years of analytics-oriented experience absolute minimum, but only with heavily commensurate education and/or computer skills. 3-4 years of standard operations/warehouse experience minimum, with preference for selection/lift work.

Specialized Knowledge Needed For Performance of Job : Proficiency & confidence with the MS-Office suite (esp. MS-Access, MS-Excel & MS-PowerPoint), and familiarity using & interacting with warehouse operating systems and labor-management systems.

  • SQL is a plus

Special Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and team work skills.

  • Ability to assume informal but authoritative leadership roles with ad hoc teams as required by project execution needs.

  • Level of comfort with shifting requirements and timelines, to think “on their feet,” and adjust pre-laid plans “on the fly.”

Other Skills:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate with employees at all levels of the Organization, with careful consideration of the audience.

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