Manager, Contract Manufacturing

New York, New York | Contract

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Cronos Group is an innovative global cannabinoid company with international production and distribution across five continents. Cronos Group is committed to building disruptive intellectual property by advancing cannabis research, technology and product development. With a passion to responsibly elevate the consumer experience, Cronos Group is building an iconic brand portfolio. Cronos Group’s portfolio includes PEACE NATURALS™, a global health and wellness platform, two adult-use brands, COVE™ and Spinach™, and two hemp-derived CBD brands, Lord Jones™ and Happy Dance™.

At Cronos Group, we hire talented people who thrive on solving difficult problems and give them the opportunity to hone new skills and approaches. If you want to play a part in shaping an innovative industry and help build a historically significant company, we want to meet you.

If you are a self-motivated individual who thrives in complex situations, are able to build and maintain successful business relationships, and are passionate about driving the Contract Manufacturing strategy to support business objectives, then this is the job for you! As the Manager, Contract Manufacturing, you will be responsible for the assessment, sourcing, and development of third-party Contract Manufacturers to support the rapid launch of new products. This role will develop the overall Contract Manufacturing strategy, lead the assessment of third-party capabilities (production, technology, capacity, and quality), and drive the “make or buy” decision to optimize capital investments and production costs. In this role you will proactively engage with cross functional stakeholders across global business units to successfully outsource products to support the delivery of business objectives. This role also leads supply assurance efforts and delivers financial value to the business through the execution of cost savings and value optimization projects. The ideal candidate is energetic, collaborative and forward- thinking.

This position is based out of Los Angeles, CA or US Remote.

What You’ll Be Doing
  • Develop and drive the Company’s Contract Manufacturing strategy in support of company business objectives. Build in-depth knowledge on Contract Manufacturing market dynamics, emerging technologies, and competitive landscape.
  • Lead the capability assessment, sourcing, and development of third-party Contract Manufacturers to enable the rapid launch of new products in support of the company’s growth agenda.
  • Collaborate with cross functional business teams and drive optimal sourcing decisions
  • Lead vendor due diligence, qualification, and on-boarding
  • Lead contract negotiations (pricing, commercial terms) to ensure effective supply, risk management, and business continuity
  • Drive Contract Manufacturer compliance with GMP and regulatory requirements, Quality, and continuous improvement
  • Manage cross functional stakeholders across global business units, including effectively partnering with senior level stakeholders to align on company priorities and needs
  • Deliver financial value through cost savings and value optimization projects
  • Manage supplier relationships, including business, scorecard, and KPI reviews

You’ll Need To Have
  • University degree or College Diploma is required
  • Certified professional procurement designation or equivalent is preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrated experience in Contract Manufacturing. Strong understanding of manufacturing in Consumer Goods, Pharma, Cosmetics, or Supplements is preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment across multiple workstreams
  • Capable of managing and influencing stakeholders in an indirect/project type manner
  • Demonstrated abilities in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations, and vendor management
  • Strong business acumen, analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail is required
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills, including presenting complex information to varied audiences
  • Experience in SAP/ERP; High level of proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Once safe to do so, travel may be required for this role
Cronos Group supports a diverse and inclusive work environment and we will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals in the job application process.

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