Supplier Performance Manager at KeHE Distributors (Remote)

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Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

Sound good?

KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

Primary Responsibilities

The Supplier Performance team is a strategic arm within the KeHE Supply Chain that partners with key suppliers to improve overall supplier operational performance, on time delivery, delivery quality, and reduce end-to-end supply chain costs.

The Supplier Performance Manager (SPM) will responsible for driving continuous improvement and ensuring both inbound and outbound service standards are met for a group of key suppliers. The SPM will monitor and measure supplier performance, identify areas of opportunity, and lead strategic collaboration efforts with suppliers. The SPM will be responsible for maintaining supplier scorecards, conducting quarterly business reviews with key suppliers, and developing action plans to improve the supplier performance scorecard ratings. The SPM will also manage and direct the activities and focus of their Supplier Performance Coordinator. This position will also interact with cross-functional stakeholders, including Category Managers, Supply Chain Planners/Buyers, and Transportation. The SPM will be responsible for project managing and driving the necessary changes through all cross-functional stakeholders. The SPM will also focus on capturing additional value from our key suppliers by strengthening the supplier relationship and communication into KeHE. Some of these value capture initiatives could include (but not limited to): lead-time reduction, supplier safety stock agreements, and end-to-end ordering and network blueprinting.

Essential Functions

  • Monitors, tracks, and holds suppliers accountable for key performance indicators: supplier inbound fill-rate, on-time performance, delivery quality, supplier responsiveness, and end-to-end supply chain costs.
  • Manages a directs the daily activities and focus of their Supplier Performance Coordinator(s).
  • Leads strategic projects and initiatives with suppliers to capture new value and reduce overall end-to-end supply chain costs. Initiatives could include (but not limited to): lead-time reduction, establishing supplier safety stock agreements, end-to-end ordering and network blueprinting, and leading Kaizen process-improvement events with suppliers.
  • Supports the supplier performance scorecarding process and is committed to driving improvements to improve overall scorecard ratings.
  • Creates and fosters and environment of continuous improvement, teamwork, accountability and innovation.
  • Serves as backup to the Sr. Manager in his/her absence. Represents the overall team and presents regular recaps of initiatives to senior leadership.

Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

  • Bachelor's degree. Degree in Supply Chain, Business, Operations, Engineering or related field preferred.
  • Prior experience in Supplier Performance Management or related field strongly desired.

Qualifications/Additional Skills/Aptitude

  • Successful negotiator with suppliers and key business partners. Ability to drive influence.
  • Articulate and persuasive communication skills. Excellent written, oral and presentation skills and an ability to synthesize information and make clear, concise recommendations on course of action.
  • Strong relationship management skills and ability to influence at senior management level both internally and externally
  • Knowledge of supply chain, purchasing, and logistics concepts
  • Be able to use root cause analysis and problem-solving tools to resolve complex issues with other departments. Ability to demonstrate sound financial decision making, weighing all factors and options.
  • Advanced financial acumen and ability to apply cost-benefit analysis in their decision making.
  • Superior analytical and project management skills. Ability to identify and pursue multiple initiatives simultaneously and deliver superior results
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office with focus on advanced Excel skills and analysis. Ability to manipulate and manage large volumes of data.


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An Insider's view of KeHE Distributors

What’s the vibe like in the office?

KeHE is the perfect blend of hard work and diverse culture while maintaining a vibe that is fun and collaborative. It's not just a group of professionals paid to do the work, but instead everyone is part of a team working towards a common goal.

Moe Khan

Sr. Software Automation Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As the Manager of UI/UX Design, we work alongside & collaborate daily with engineers, product managers, and KeHE stakeholders to advocate UX & consistency across applications. The most exciting part about working for KeHE, besides the great people, is innovation - leading us to deliver high quality digital solutions transforming the food industry.

Ashley Plumb

User Experience Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Engineering isn't just about writing code. Understanding the needs of our users and translating those needs into a better product is a huge part of our day-to-day. Writing clean, performant code is fun and exciting, but if we don't deliver a functional product to our users at the end of the day, none of that matters.


Lead Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

This year, the IT department at KeHE held their inaugural hackathon. It gave us the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen friendships in the spirit of friendly competition, as well as work with new and emerging technology. I cannot wait to see what is in store for next year’s hackathon!

Anthony Gacek

Software Engineer

What are KeHE Distributors Perks + Benefits

KeHE Distributors Benefits Overview

We are proud of our comprehensive benefits package - one that protects our employees and their families. Some benefits are provided automatically at no cost. Other benefits are available by choice. The benefits we offer are an important part of our total rewards which includes pay, benefits, and long-term career growth. Unique to being an employee-owned company, our team members are eligible to receive shares in the company through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan. For our tech teams, remote work will continue to be an option.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
-Company-paid STD policy at 60% of weekly earnings -Company-paid LTD at 50% of weekly earnings
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
3 Medical Options: - BCBS Health Care Plan (Full FSA allowed) - BCBS Health Savings Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed) - BCBS Value Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed Company pays majority of premium
Life Insurance
Company-paid policy 1.5 x annualized salary.
Wellness Programs
-Virgin Pulse (Opportunity to earn up to $300 incentive yearly. -Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych -Free biometric screenings
Mental Health Benefits
-Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
What is an ESOP? An ESOP is a retirement plan known as an “employee stock ownership” plan. Under this type of Plan, the Company makes contributions into employees’ accounts.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
KeHE may match charitable contributions for our "KeHE Cares" partners for special circumstances.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Through KeHE's Flexible Spending Account option, employees can set aside pre-tax dollars towards child care expenses.
Flexible Work Schedule
For corporate and sales, we offer in-office flex, hybrid, and 100% remote opportunities that are position-specific.
Remote Work Program
A select number of positions in corporate and sales offer the ability to work 100% remote.
Family Medical Leave
In addition to FMLA, KeHE offers an additional 12 weeks of medical leave (unpaid) with supporting medical documentation.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Fitness Subsidies
Gym discounts nationwide.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Monthly earnings of $20-60/mo. for remote positions meant to subsidize cell phone and/or internet coverage.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We offer $2500 annually for continuing education.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
In addition to the 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, KeHE also provides you with the opportunity to share in the company’s financial success through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. KeHE will make contributions on your
behalf to the ESOP. You do not contribute any of your own money.

ESOP Highlights:
• The plan provides eligible employees an opportunity to share in the profitability and growth of KeHE and to earn additional income for retirement.
• The plan provides a stake in the company’s success.
• The ESOP is not directly affected by the ups and downs of the stock market.
• What we do each day and how the company performs directly impacts the ESOP.

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