Operations Planner and Controls Specialist at Needed 609 views0 applications

Job Description

As an Operations Planner and Controls Specialist you will:

  1. Join our West Los Angeles based team.
  2. Report directly to the Head of Product, collaborating frequently with both of our founders on finance and growth planning.
  3. Help streamline, scale and systematize our growing company operations touching supply chain, logistics, finance, compliance, product development, and customer support.
  4. Improve and maintain our production planning / inventory model and support the scheduling and logistics of production runs to ensure product availability.
  5. Manage the day-to-day relationship with our third-party logistics provider (3PL), including managing any related customer support needs.
  6. Support the relationships with our contract manufacturers and suppliers.
  7. Assist in new product development efforts and related ingredient sourcing, formulation, and production planning.
  8. Monitor, report, and ensure company operational SLAs and KPIs are being met within established tolerance; i.e. inventory levels, pick-pack-ship, on-time delivery.
  9. Manage all necessary documentation to maintain FDA 21 CFR 111 cGMP regulatory compliance and maintain a Document Control Library (e.g. SOPs, Training Records, Finished Good & Raw Material COAs) with guidance from our third party regulatory consultant.


You will directly impact:

  • The quality, availability, expansion, and seamless delivery of our product offering.
  • Our relationships with suppliers, formulation, manufacturing and fulfillment partners, and customers.
  • Our mission of making better nutrition products and education accessible to everyone.

Skills & Experience

  • 5+ years of work experience touching supply chain (including relationship management and development), logistics, R&D, quality control, FDA compliance, manufacturing, and planning. Experience in nutritional supplements, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology operations is a must. DTC experience is a plus.
  • A wizard with spreadsheets who has incredible organizations skills and detail orientation, an ability to manage complex logistics, and a mind for turning repetitive tasks into automated systems.
  • Able to work proactively, creatively, and effectively, with minimal guidance and oversight.
  • Energized to join a lean entrepreneurial team in which everyone is expected to make a big impact.
  • Passionate “lifelong learner” of the fundamental principles of nutrition, health, and wellness.
  • Committed to empowering customers to live healthier lives through proper nutrition at each stage of life.

Application Details

Please send resume and cover letter to ryan@thisisneeded.com


Competitive salary, benefits + equity


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Who we are: Needed is a nutrition company that delivers better information and better products to address your nutritional needs today, and as they change over time. We leverage science and consumer insights, with a focus on the fundamentals of nutrition—what works in the body and fits your life—not what’s trendy. We are mission-driven, women-led, Stanford-founded, and well-funded.

 Our first products are nutritional supplements that deliver crucial nutrients along the life path from fertility to early motherhood. We launch direct-to-consumer and direct-to-practitioner this fall.  

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