Vice President, Supply Chain

Company: Breakthru Beverage

Location: Cicero, IL



The Vice President, Supply Chain plays a pivotal role in ensuring the seamless flow of goods, optimizing costs and maintaining high-quality standards within Breakthru Beverage. This strategic position oversees critical aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, demand planning, inventory management, supplier collaboration and analytics to enhance the company’s supply chain capability for the future. The VP Supply Chain drives business results through strong leadership of purchasing and demand planning teams in collaboration with BBG suppliers and cross functional BBG regional and state sales and operations leadership.


  • Comprehensive Supply Chain Strategies:
    • Develop and implement robust supply chain strategies that optimize efficiency, cost-effectiveness and quality across the organization.
    • Foster innovation and continuous improvement to enhance overall supply chain performance.
    • Advocate for supply chain excellence by partnering closely with BBG sales and operations executives focusing on improving customer service and reducing out of stocks.
    • Develop and capture industry competitive and outside industry best practices.
    • Maintain the delicate balance between operational excellence and strategic vision.
  • Advanced Demand Planning and Forecasting:
    • Lead the design and implement cutting-edge processes and supply chain management tools/technology.
    • Fully deploy Demand Planning and processes throughout the markets/organization.
    • Forecast demand, manage inventory levels and identify process improvement opportunities.
  • Strategic Supplier Collaboration – Lead and strengthen the company’s collaboration and processes through:
    • Information Sharing: Sharing demand forecasts, production plans, inventory levels and other critical data.
    • Developing Long-Term Relationships: Building long-term relationships and trust, commitment and mutual understanding with strategic suppliers.
    • Integration of Processes: Aligning and integrating key supply chain processes to improve efficiency and responsiveness.
    • Leverage Technology: Leveraging Blue Ridge and API’s through SAP to drive further collaboration and visibility to data.
  • Team Leadership and Collaboration:
    • Foster a culture of continuous improvement within the supply chain team.
    • Encourage innovation, professional development and collaboration to achieve strategic goals.
  • Risk Management and Contingency Planning:
    • Coordinate risk management efforts across the supply chain.
    • Develop contingency plans to mitigate disruptions, shortages or unforeseen challenges.
  • Other duties, as assigned by the jobholder’s supervisor, may also be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, business administration or related field and/or equivalent training and work experience.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant work experience.
  • Proven track record of reducing costs, improving efficiencies and driving supply chain excellence.
  • Expertise in strategic planning, market trends and negotiation skills.
  • Technological savviness and familiarity with supply chain management tools.
  • Advanced PC skills using MS Office and other various computer programs including presentation software.
  • Demonstrated innovative leadership and change management.
  • Must be a results-oriented professional with verbal/written communication skills using diplomacy and discretion as well as customer service skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently and/or within a team, pay attention to detail and meet deadlines.
  • Utilize sound judgement and problem-solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree.
  • Experience in and in-depth knowledge of Beverage Alcohol Distribution.
  • Skills to influence and demonstrated track record of strong collaboration.
  • Understanding of supply chain and its’ impact on company financials.
  • Experience leading and developing a high performing team.
  • Demonstrated management experience leading a department through collaboration with critical suppliers and internal colleagues alike in distribution environment.


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