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Co-Manufacturing Manager

Posted: 01/24/2024

Co-Manufacturing Manager

Regular Full-TimeProfessional
Requisition ID: 1416
Salary Range:$90,000.00 To 140,000.00 Annually


Co-Manufacturing Manager


About Beech-Nut Nutrition Company…

We are one of America’s leading companies providing nutritious, wholesome foods for babies using real ingredients, gently cooked, with non-GMO verified, Natural or organic ingredients in almost all our products. 


Our work is organized around our mission to Delight Consumers by Conserving the Goodness of Nature. We care deeply about others, the planet, and are empowered to make a difference. We expect, reward and celebrate strong performance.


Our Values…

Our ambition to grow is underpinned by our four core values Create wow, Everyone Hero, Nourish others, & Take Responsibility. Our values help us navigate the ever-changing environment in which we operate and ensure we innovate to meet customer needs.


Create wow  ~  Everyone Hero  ~  Nourish others  ~  Take responsibility


If this sounds like a place you want to invest your time, keep reading!


About the Role…

The Co-Manufacturing Manager will be responsible for the identification, set-up, and launch of Co-Manufacturing and Co-packing locations - both domestic and international. This role is responsible for developing and negotiating tolling costs, leading make vs buy decision making, implementing effective sourcing strategies, and minimizing obsolescence risk for potential partners to the core Beech-Nut business. This role will also lead the development of insourcing manufacturing to the Beech-Nut manufacturing facility located in Amsterdam, NY by seeking out and cultivating leads, as well as responding to potential inquiries into Beech-Nut manufacturing.  The position will be involved in both contract drafting and management, as well as working internally to ensure contract requirements are aligned with company financials and values. The Co-Manufacturing Manager is also responsible for cost saving measures at Co-manufacturers (3rd party manufacturers), ensuring performance of contract obligations, and quantitative analysis to identify the financial impacts of decisions. 


About the Team… 

The Co-Manufacturing Team is responsible for ensuring that BNN is working with the best Co-Manufacturers and suppliers throughout the Unites States and abroad to produce and package our nutritious products. The team works diligently to forge longstanding partnerships with Co-Manufacturers that share our passion to create high quality products that are differentiated in the marketplace. Equally important is the Co-Manufacturers desire and ability to grow with us on our journey.  The team works closely with Marketing, Planning, Quality, R&D, Finance, Operations, and Supply Chain Teams to ensure products are arriving on schedule and they meet our strict quality standards so we can continue doing what we do best – making high quality, safe, and nutritious foods for babies and toddlers!


About the Work Environment…

This position is located at the Amsterdam, New York LEED® certified production facility. Most job functions are performed in a well-lit, environmentally controlled office environment.  The candidate will also be required to work in an environment that requires a hairnet, beard cover, safety glasses, hearing protection and lab coat. Restrictions include wearing of jewelry, nail polish and acrylic nails. Other personal protection equipment may be required for certain tasks.


Our Commitment to Safety…

 At Beech-Nut we are committed to a strong safety program that protects its staff, its property, and the public from accidents. Associates at every level, including management, are responsible and accountable for the company’s overall safety initiatives. Complete and active participation by everyone, every day, in every job is necessary for the safety among all workers on the job site. Management supports participation in the program by all Associates and provides proper equipment, training and procedures. Associates are responsible for following all procedures, working safely, and, wherever possible, improving safety measures. An injury and accident-free workplace is our goal. Through continuous safety and loss control, we can accomplish this.


What You’ll Do…

  • Assess Co-Manufacturers for their ability to manufacture finished good products within Beech-Nut requirements 
  • Identify and implement an effective co-manufacturing network to meet current and future demand, optimize costs and minimalize obsolescence risk
  • Lead/assist contact for all manufacturing leads for potential insourcing of manufacturing for strategic partnerships
  • Provide day-to-day management of Co-Manufacturers including administration of contractual agreements, supply, manufacturing, logistics, inventory, and service planning
  • Work with cross functional partners to understand the feasibility of insourcing projects from operational and resourcing perspectives
  • Draft and manage contracts ensuring performance of the Co-Manufacturer to contractual obligations; as well as amend and/or renew contracts with business partners
  • Review contractual performance of both parties to ensure compliance with terms and to identify conflicts or changes requiring resolution at contract renewal
  • Monitor adherence to co-manufacturing agreements, create and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as part of supplier scorecard and performance management per a timely basis
  • Monitor agreements throughout the contract life cycle for price increases, product launches, appropriate approvals, expirations, etc.
  • Utilize negotiations to maximize value and cost savings benefit while lowering risk
  • Coordinate new product launches with co-manufacturing sites and cross functional internal partners
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to define Service-Level Agreement’s (SLA) and KPI’s for Co-Manufacturers and measure the appropriate criteria
  • Conduct presentations to internal stakeholders and business reviews with business partners
  • Evaluate and enhance partnership relationships with key Co-Manufacturers for long term benefits and propose opportunities to expand capabilities and/or capacity for volume growth
  • Develop a database of potential Co-Manufacturers and their capabilities to use as part of future product development or alternative supply


Who You Are…

  • Deciding and Initiating Action: You are able to make timely decisions while weighing risks.  You act without being prompted and take responsibility for projects, people, and mistakes.
  • Leading and Supervising: You provide others with clear direction, set behavioral guidelines, delegate work appropriately, empower others and generate energy and enthusiasm, among others.  You provide clear feedback on performance and take timely action when goals are not being met.  You are an effective coach to others on new tasks and development areas.
  • Persuading and Influencing: You make a strong personal impression on others.  You gain clear agreement and commitment from others by persuading, convincing and negotiating.  You are able to change the opinions of others and close discussions with firm agreement on all sides.
  • Adapting and Responding to Change: You are able to adapt your own behavior to meet the needs of different people and circumstances.  You accept new ideas and change initiatives and show respect and sensitivity towards others.  You remain effective even in the face of uncertainty.


What You’ll Need…

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (Business, Engineering, Operations Management or other related field) required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working with co-manufacturing partners, and
    1. 3-5 years in manufacturing line management/supervisory experience
  • CPG experience preferred. 
  • Highly organized and attention to detail; analytical with strategic thinking skills
  • Capability to clearly communicate goals and objectives
  • Ability to define problems, collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to the management team
  • Successfully work towards strict deadlines, as well as independently on multiple, simultaneous assignments
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a dynamic environment
  • Project management skills to drive processes and improvements to completion.
  • Business development & negotiating contracts
  • Supply Chain manufacturing
  • Must be able to collaborate in a highly matrixed environment and have the ability to lead and influence others.
  • Preferred Systems: 
    1. Above average skills with ERP system, (preferred SAP) 
  • Preferred Certifications: 
    1. APICS Certification
    2. Lean Certification


What’s in it for you?  Compensation, Benefits & More… 

At Beech-Nut, we are devoted to creating an inclusive culture where our team members are professionally challenged and cared for personally.  

We  are committed to fair and equitable compensation practices and take into consideration a wide range of factors that are utilized in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skills, relevant work experience, certifications and qualifications, education, and other business needs. Compensation for a role will be in line with the location in which the position is filled. 

Our associates also have access to opportunities for professional development and training, access to our on-site amenities as well as many other benefits and perks!  We are proud to offer our associates the following:

Pay: The annual base salary range for this hybrid-remote role is $90,000 - $140,000. This is a salaried-exempt position.  


Benefits: This position gives you access to a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage for you and your dependents; life & long-term disability, flexible spending and health savings account, paid vacation and holidays, New York State paid sick time, and 401(k) retirement benefits with 4% company match. 


Professional Development:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Access to an online learning system (LMS)
  • Access to robust on-the-job (OTJ) training programs

More Perks! 

  • Opportunities to volunteer and support the local community
  • Generous maternity/paternity benefits & take your child’s 1st birthday off
  • Take your birthday off each year!
  • Baby food coupon program until your child’s 2nd birthday
  • Summer Fridays for eligible positions (Memorial Day – Labor Day)
  • Hybrid Work for eligible positions (three days in the office per week) 
  • Service Awards


  • On-site fitness center
  • On-site café catered by Mazzone Hospitality - PRIME Business Dining
  • On-site Company Store
  • A private on-site Mother’s Room to support nursing mothers and pumping needs at work
  • New! Nourish Others Learning Lab with computer stations


What it is like to live in upstate New York…

We are about 30 minutes northwest of Albany, the NY state capital, and 40 minutes southwest of Saratoga Springs. We are near major cultural events, outside recreation and places to have fun throughout the year. From watching the New York City Ballet or listening to Brad Paisley, Cardi B, Dave Matthews Band, Goo Goo Dolls, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana, or Tedeschi Trucks Band at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), boating on beautiful Lake George, hiking the famous trails of the Adirondacks, or skiing at Lake Placid, you will find there is plenty to keep you, and/or, your family busy. And, if you are looking for the occasional big city attraction, it is a short drive to Boston, Montreal, and New York City.



As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, Beech-Nut Nutrition Company will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, and veteran or disability status.


To all agencies: All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at Beech-Nut via-email, the internet or in any form and/or method will be deemed the sole property of Beech-Nut, unless such search firms/employment agencies were engaged by Beech-Nut for this position and a valid agreement is in place. In the event a candidate who was submitted outside of the Beech-Nut Nutrition agency engagement process is hired, no fee or payment of any kind will be paid.

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