Sr. Plant Materials Manager

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POST DATE 8/23/2016
END DATE 12/19/2016

Smiths Medical Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN
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Sr Plant Materials Manager


Ensure a pipeline of local talent for short term and long term career development for buyers and planners. Actively utilizes development plans and goal setting to build skills and address opportunities.

Responsible for working with appropriate data management functions to ensure proper and adequate Oracle planning attributes are employed (i.e. Manufacturing Lead-times, Bill of Routings)

Identify a pipeline of materials VIP projects and lead the team to meet/exceed VIP goals.

Closely collaborate with factory staff to drive lean principles into factory level materials management.

Manages inventory to RAW and WIP turns goals and leads inventory reduction programs for their site.

Optimize planning throughout the factory to include raw materials, WIP and subassemblies to meet or exceed all Supply Chain KPI's including inventory turns, customer service levels, and expense management.

Responsible for leading all aspects of the procurement of RAW materials, production planning of sub-assemblies and finished goods, and managing the RAW materials warehouse operation for the assigned site(s). This position may have more than one factory responsibility. The position reports to Plant Leadership. The position has a dotted line reporting relationship into the Global Supply Chain Planning Leader. The position closely interfaces with the Master Schedulers to manage capacity, set committed build plans, and identify constraints within the site(s). Keenly focused on inventory optimization and collaboration with the Inventory Manager to achieve best in class leading results for all key inventory measurements. Leads local efforts to support Lean manufacturing efforts in materials management as well as supporting the factory efforts. Leads materials VIP projects for assigned site(s) and meets or exceeds annual VIP target goals.

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

Proven collaboration skills

Excellent computer skills with focus on Excel and PowerPoint

Established knowledge of FDA and ISO requirements and their application in the manufacturing environment.

Strong knowledge of Oracle Planning systems / set-up including Advanced Supply Chain Planning Systems.

Able to work across matrix organizations to deliver results.

Bachelor's degree plus 10years of work experience in similar field within the medical device industry. Demonstrated performance in inventory planning, production planning / scheduling and use of Oracle (or ERP) planning systemrequired

University Degree (BA degree) required

APICS Certification (or equivalent) required

Strong communication and presentation skills

Strong communication and presentation skills


Interpersonal Skills - The demonstrated ability to work effectively with others

Re-planning anticipates obstacles and develops contingencies to address

Keeps all parties informed of progress and key milestones

Coordinates efforts with all affected parties and key stakeholders

Finds new ways of organizing work to accomplish work more efficiently

Proven ability to successfully manage a multitude of high priority tasks simultaneously. Prioritizes competing initiatives and tasks

Proven ability to develop and translate strategies into specific objectives and operational plans

Tracks details to ensure work is performed accurately and completely