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Program Manager, Restaurant Supply Chain

Program Management

Irvine, CA
ID: 213914-886

Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC, a Yum! Brands Co-op, is currently seeking a Program Manager to join the Taco Bell Concept Development team.


This position is a part of the Program Management team that supports the supply chain for Taco Bell’s 7500+ restaurants in the US with annual sales in excess of $14B


To be successful in this role, a Program Manager needs to be a blend of a relationship-oriented project manager and a data-driven demand planner.  This person will engage with a cross functional team to bring new products to market and manage the core menu forecast and limited time offer forecasts.  Annual oversight is estimated at:

  • Fifteen national food and packaging promotions
  • $100-$200MM in inventory authorizations
  • 10-15 new product tests
  • Forecasting fifty core menu items


Essential Functions

Project Management (~60%)

  • Effectively manage and drive high profile and innovative initiatives for Taco Bell as a supply chain function. Collaborate with cross functional partners, suppliers, and distributors to drive projects from test kitchen concept to commercialization.  Key initiatives include new product introductions, limited time offers, product transitions and other marketing calendar related initiatives.
  • Collaborate with cross functional stakeholders to identify, quantify, and document the supply chain demands
  • Collaborate with supply planners to develop supply strategies that enable maximum flexibility with minimize financial risk. This includes planning contingencies, capacity assurance, and ingredient procurement timelines
  • Manage supply chain timelines and deliverables of both internal and external stakeholder to ensure flawless execution of marketing initiatives
  • Accountable to communicate and present ongoing updates to supply planners, procurement partners, brand partners, and leadership in a timely fashion
  • Ensure key learnings and best practices are captured to support future strategic planning and continuous improvement
  • Create Authorizations for Inventory Procurement

Demand Planning (~40%)

  • Leverage technology systems (primarily Blue Yonder and Power BI) to drive uninterrupted supply:
    • Collaborate with cross functional partners to understand marketing activities, gather and input demand plans to the system
    • Develop and maintain accurate demand forecasts for assigned core menu items and products
    • Monitor menu sales, rapidly identify forecast misses, coordinate research activities to reconcile significant variances, adjust plan, and inform stakeholders and leadership
    • Use and maintain demand planning software
  • Participate in continuous improvement and process optimization efforts
  • Special projects, and other duties as assigned by management


Core Competencies

  • Data analysis
  • Problem identification and resolution
  • Process orientation
  • Technical aptitude
  • Teamwork (cooperation and collaboration)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to influence decisions and outcomes
  • Project management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Presentations Skills geared at the Director/VP levels
  • World Class Values


Key Contacts/Interfaces

  • Cross-functional brand groups (Restaurant Operations, Marketing, Product Development, Quality Assurance, Business Planning, and Training)
  • Supply Planners
  • Distributors and Redistributors
  • Suppliers
  • Procurement

Excellent Benefits: medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, vacation, sick time, floating holidays, holidays, wellness plan. 


Required Skills

  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years business experience in one of the following areas: Demand Planning, Project Management, Program Management, Supply Chain, Operations, and/or Purchasing
  • Prefer experience with food/packaging demand planning, in restaurant/foodservice, distribution or manufacturing environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree required in supply chain, business, or related field
  • Prefer APICS CPIM certification, Six Sigma Green Belt, or ISM CPSM certification.
  • Required technical experience: Advanced Excel
  • Prefer Blue Yonder Expertise: Comprehension of data models, tables, and columns and recent implementation or upgrade.
  • Experience in Oracle SCM, SAP SCM, or other enterprise supply planning software systems.


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