Supply Chain Manager

East of England / Hertfordshire
Up to £50k negotiable plus pension
10 Jul 2014
24 Jul 2014
Contract Type


Our client is a well - established manufacturer serving the building services, water and gas sectors. UK turnover is in excess of £100m and they employ in the region of 500 personnel. The key UK manufacturing facility is in Herts. The site manufactures industrial plumbing products, valves and couplings for handling the flow of fluids for Gas and Water applications and pipe repair products and has recently seen significant growth and an increase in diverse manufacturing activity due to an ongoing multi-site rationalization project.

Further afield, our Client is a growing global Company with revenues in excess of $2 billion.

We now require a Supply Chain Manager to be responsible for managing the global supply chain for the Herts site. You will be instrumental in developing and implementing a Supply Chain that

  • Delivers the lowest total cost
  • Reduces inventory and maximizes customer satisfaction through world class on time delivery, lead time and quality metrics.

Reporting to: Strategic Sourcing Manager

Reports in: A buying team of up to 8 personnel.

Key responsibilities:

Primarily, you will be responsible for Material Cost Reduction, Supplier OTD, Inventory Reduction, Supplier Quality, and Supplier Lead Times. This will include, as a minimum, rationalization of the supply base, drive increased sourcing from low cost sources, leverage the material spend with other sister business units, implement Supplier Agreements, and reduce the administrative cost of the Supply Chain function.

Within this, and key to the success of the role, you will:

  • Maintain awareness of world markets and emerging material related issues in the industry and position the supply chain to flexibly respond accordingly.
  • Leverage technology solutions to maximize effectiveness and efficiency of the strategic sourcing process.
  • Drive increasing inventory turns by developing, implementing and managing innovative material replenishment processes, including, but not limited to Kanbans, vendor managed inventory and supplier consignments.
  • Lead Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen events that will eliminate waste and result in significant benefits (Growth, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost) throughout the Supply Chain.
  • Drive continuous improvement in the supply base by communicating objective performance metrics, focused on lead time reduction, on-time delivery improvement, quality improvement, and cost reduction.
  • Improve the intellectual capital of the personnel involved with Supply Chain through the design and implementation of professional development programs aimed at elevating affected employees' skill set, knowledge and contribution levels.
  • Actively champion the Supply Chain and Operational vision and initiatives within the site and with customers and suppliers. Develop and maintain working relationships with sister business units in order to improve the overall group performance.
  • Provide effective support to new product introduction teams, proposal development and subcontracting opportunities as they develop.
  • Engender a spirit of cooperation throughout the supply chain to insure responsiveness to the customer.

Start date:                   ASAP

Candidate profile:

Preferably you will be from an industrial or automotive background and with significant experience. Qualified to Degree level (MBA desirable) you must be CIPS accredited and hold a Lean/Six Sigma certification (black belt or green belt preferable). You will also have a demonstrable track record in:

  • Leading the implementation of lean concepts (Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen Leadership, 5S, etc).
  • Implementing a pull system/kanban approach to component flow.
  • Global sourcing and driving cost savings through economy-of-scale.
  • Developing collaborative relationships and influence up, down, and across organizational lines internally across business functions and throughout the external supply-chain.
  • Strong negotiation and contract management skills.
  • Analytical, problem solving/decision making skills; ability to make timely, effective, fact based decisions.
  • Developing supplier quality systems and supplier performance metrics, driving out cost and waste from the supply-chain.
  • Knowledge/experience with eSourcing tools would be a distinct advantage.