Sr. Strawberry Forecast Manager

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Supply Chain
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0004677
  • Experience Years: 5-10 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

The Sr. Strawberry Forecast Manager is responsible for leading the supply forecasting effort for Strawberries for Driscoll’s. Through their leadership, they will conduct data analysis, develop forecast process and deliverables, field data and information gathering, infield training, facilitate plan execution, provide critical input to the annual operating plan, and lead the publication of short and mid-term forecasting for their berry. This role serves as the lead point of contact for commercial supply information to the organization. Their work explicitly supports Sales, Inventory Planning, Plan Execution, and organization insight for volume expectations. This role is vital in accurately signaling the organization's supply expectations and timely, effective communication when deviations are occurring to ensure the opportunity to deliver the highest service possible to our stakeholders. This position is critical to the various forecasting horizons and supply planning efforts. This position requires cross-functional working relationships with District Production Teams, Supply Planning, S&OP, Sales, Demand Management, and Product Leadership. Developing and maintaining a strong, aligned partnership across all these groups and teams is critical for success. This is a highly visible and cross-functional role with an opportunity to make a significant organizational impact. This role is perfect for someone who seeks an opportunity for high impact and has a natural desire for continuous improvement, is highly organized, has attention to detail, and has an elevated technical acumen to leverage data to drive insights and results. This role will serve as the lead for facilitating information proactively and in response to events that impact or pose a risk to our Strawberry supply volume.

Responsibilities

  • Development and leadership of Supply forecasting processes and tools.  Ensures DOTA-wide Supply forecasting process adherence and accuracy
  • Leads the functional effort in forecasting for respective berry
  • Serves as the subject matter expert in forecasting for Strawberries
  • Responsible for providing stakeholders with timely forecast volumes and anticipated supply changes
  • Serves as the organizational lead for annual production activity, rational, and leading production communication
  • A critical participant on the Berry Execution Teams and functional representative of production activity current day and future
  • Responsible for delivering timely rationale for deviations
  • Utilizes in-depth understanding of berry production principles to lead cross-functional teams in developing and improving forecasting processes and tools 
  • Liaison between functional areas and proactively resolves any technical or operational issues with critical contacts professionally
  • Responsible for the collection, aggregation, and dissemination of regional forecast information
  • Reviews & analyzes short and mid-range district forecasts daily/weekly & develops strategic solutions to address and manage variability
  • National representative to districts regarding forecasting and has the authority to reject and send forecasts back to the district for review and re-submittal
  • Leads meetings and other communications with a geographically and functionally diverse group to address supply questions and issues
  • Interacts with districts concerning berry forecasting.  Reviews district forecast accuracy and provide consultative support/training to regions to improve forecasting accuracy
  • Formulates assumptions and identifies measurable drivers to enhance insights which lead to forecast accuracy
  • Leads the functional effort of Strawberries to advance supply forecast and management efforts
  • Keeps current on district & forecasting methodologies with a solid understanding of the industry and fosters knowledge transfer within and between districts and departments
  • Leads the quarterly reforecast process and can articulate the rationale behind assumptions
  • Aides in the advancement and identification of new technologies
  • Serves as the annual supply manager, leads and validates supply plan execution
  • Leads GIS mapping effort for respective berry within DOTA.  Ensures all pertinent details are logged and mapped within our GIS platform to enable forecasting and supply management visibility
  • Gathers and evaluates data to develop production, variety, and application performance solutions
  • Support the input and creation of the DOTA supply plan (Quantrix model), focusing on budgeting
  • Co-create, understand and validate the assumptions of the Supply Plan
  • Awareness of the DVS plant orders and help with any engagement regarding the order and the district
  • Support the DOTA LVS meetings and process that serves to launch new genetics
  • Responsible for providing supply variance analysis
  • National representative to districts
  • Follow Company policies and practices while representing Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like manner in all interactions with employees, governmental agencies, growers, customers, etc. 
  • Ensure the security of Driscoll’s confidential and proprietary information and materials
  • Perform other duties as assigned*

Candidate Profile

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Business, Mathematics, Operations, Research, or related field, or an equivalent combination of skills and experience, is required
  • 5+ years of production planning and forecasting experience are optimal, specifically in an analytical capacity reviewing data and extrapolating information
  • High energy, highly driven, results-oriented, innovative, self-starter
  • Berry production or field-related work experience is a plus
  • High proficiency with data systems and spreadsheet tools, specifically traditional Microsoft applications such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required. Quantrix and ability to learn new techniques as necessary essential
  • Experience with Visio, Access, Info-Analysis, Tableau, and ESRI preferred
  • Experience in SQL, Python and Machine Learning is a plus
  • Strong math and analytical & reasoning skills are required
  • Excellent communication and writing skills are required, with the ability to make verbal and written explanations of forecast data that accurately and concisely represent what is going on
  • Proven experience leading process improvement projects
  • A detail and result-oriented focus is a must
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and collaboration, and the ability to maintain strong working relationships as an individual contributor, leader, and team member
  • Ability to manage up, down, and across to influence others, resolve conflict, recognize cultural differences and adopt alternative methods
  • Strategic long-range, mid-range, and short-range thinking and the ability to multitask with a sense of urgency in a quick cycle time and fast-paced environment
  • Must be a self-starter, able to work independently and work well across functional teams with management, and flexible with time as needed
  • Working and communicating independently and contributing to group processes are critical
  • Ability to build strong, productive relationships with all stakeholders based on integrity, trustworthiness, and humility
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) is strongly preferred
  • Must be skilled in working in a Matrix environment. Possess skills and competencies around conflict resolution, empathy, influence, and self-awareness
  • Ability to travel as necessary to key supply regions in the U.S., South America & Mexico.
  • A valid passport and traveling internationally without restrictions are also required
  • California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under a company-sponsored vehicle insurance program are also required

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.


Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.