Supply Chain Manager - Americas
King of Prussia, PA

The role of the Supply Chain Manager – Americas is to set the vision/strategy for supply chain activities for Arkema's Functional Additives business unit. Reporting to the General Manager - Functional Additives Americas, this position has direct responsibility for Sales & Operations Planning (and execution), domestic and international customer service activities and processes for the U.S. operations and provides business input to such functions as Procurement and Logistics. The Supply Chain Manager provides functional leadership to supply chain activities and processes in the US, Canada, and Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Central/South America). Total revenue within the scope of this position is roughly $250 million, based on the sale of roughly 100 million lbs of product, produced from six plants (4 in US, 2 in South America). Inventory managed is approximately $3 million per month at all plant locations, 1 major toller, and 2 warehouses.

The successful incumbent will provide expertise in all elements of an integrated supply chain including execution of all demand management, logistics management, and customer service operations for the business beginning with the consolidation of sales forecasts, generation of a production plan and optimal scheduling, order entry, delivery, and customer invoicing to ensure accuracy and customer satisfaction and meet the sales and working capital targets of the BU.

Specific job activities include (but are not limited to):

- Develop a clear supply chain vision and strategy for Functional Additives Americas.

- Contribute to overall business unit leadership; Provide leadership as needed for RM/finished product supply gaps, and inter-plant and global sourcing activities

- Optimize supply chain processes and provide supply chain stewardship for business projects. Self-motivated champion for supply excellence- Directs Team to “Best in Class” including:S&OP, inventory management, procurement, customer service, and logistics processes throughout the business unit.

- Establish effective inventory management & control strategies, demand forecasting, and supply management.

- Provide expertise in the development and execution of an integrated supply chain strategy for the BU and provide effective management to a team of sixteen professionals in the delivery of integrated supply chain services to the NA operations.

- Lead the operational and administrative functions of the Supply Chain team to achieve streamlined, highly efficient production and inventory planning and customer fulfillment management.

- Maximize profitability by implementing an optimum supply and distribution plan.

- Lead continuous improvement in integrated supply chain initiatives.

- Play the role of change agent by participating in the Functional Additives Leadership Team and corporate Supply Chain Leadership Team.

- Lead the SOPE process by managing the following activities:

- Convert regional sales forecasts to a supply plan to maximize customer service and optimize production, distribution, and working capital expenses.

- Partner with manufacturing and tolling sites to improve production scheduling and raw material procurement.

- Resolve supply/demand mismatches and employ optimal alternatives.

- Optimize plant, warehouse, and customer consigned inventory by setting stock levels based on BU rules to serve.

- Maintain inventory accuracy by ensuring that inventory reconciliation is done in accordance to corporate guidelines.

- Provide SAP expertise to support new initiatives and implementations as well as existing processes.

This position requires tremendous efforts in team building, which requires the incumbent to work independently with local and global reporting lines. The primary function is to take a sales forecast and develop an optimal production and supply plan that delivers product to the customer at the lowest total cost while meeting all of the customer’s requirements and maximize profits.

This position impacts all of the key roles in the business including purchasing, manufacturing, sales/marketing, and finance and is the function that ties all of these activities together. Decision making responsibility include the following:

- Managing the critical balance between customer service, working capital and distribution costs

- Budgeting department expenses

- Contracting with service providers: toller, bulk and package inventory providers

- Optimal sourcing of material

- Crisis handling, problem resolution

- Staffing issues within budget

- Account Specialist, Demand Manager/Specialist/Analyst, and Master Scheduling assignments

- Business process improvement

- Hiring and terminations

- Invoice adjustments up to $100K

- Material return approval

- Credit approval of up to 20% tolerance

Many components of this position are time critical and require the incumbent to be flexible and able to negotiate priorities.

Qualifications / experience required:

- Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Operations Management and/or technical/science/chemical/industrial engineering. Master/MBA preferred.

- 5-10 years of supply chain management experience and/or plant manufacturing experience

- Minimum of 3-5 years of supervisory experience

- Experience with SAP, 6 Sigma, Lean and supply chain optimization preferred.

- Strong communication skills; must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of plant, business, and supply chain.

- Strong planning, organizing and prioritizing skills

- Strong analytical and decision making capabilities

- Strong analytical, influence and business acumen skills

- Strong team skills; ability to function/manage in a matrix organization

A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in close to 50 countries, some 19,000 employees and research centers in North America, France and Asia, Arkema generates pro forma annual revenue of some $8.1 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.,

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.