Little Rock, Arkansas Division of an Established, U.S., Privately Held manufacturer is seeking a Sr. Manager, Supply Chain – Planning and Purchasing

* Responsible for developing and maintaining demand and supply plans based on historical trends and expectations for the future as well as overseeing procurement of all necessary materials and supplies to support the ongoing operations of the growing Arkansas facility.
* Leads and on site team of approximately 6 PLANNER/SCHEDULERS/BUYERS

Job Duties & Responsibilities:
*Collaborates with plant management, product and engineering management, sales management, and leadership to create long term demand and supply plans for the Arkansas manufacturing facility.
*Executes long term plans by leading and directing on-site team to create weekly/monthly/quarterly detailed plans for each manufacturing department within the Arkansas facility.
*Must be comfortable working in an environment where demand is, at times, constrained by supply of raw materials and component parts requiring dynamic and timely adjustments to plans. This position is responsible for early identification of supply constraints and will actively work cross functionally with suppliers and engineering resources to develop solutions and alternatives to include insourcing and development of new suppliers.
*Drives optimization of schedules by balancing demand priorities against optimal production sequencing for reduction of changeover complexity.
*Generate relevant KPI and operational measures to support identification of trends and opportunities for continuous improvement.
*Analyze production specifications and plant capacity data, perform
calculations to determine weekly/daily/shift capacity, identify bottlenecks and collaborate with management team to implement solutions.
*Coordinates with Quality team on supplier improvement initiatives including a Supplier Scorecard Process that helps identify and leverage best in class suppliers while managing supplier risk.
*Supports cross functional Design, Quality and Engineering Teams on new Product Introductions and Supplier Improvement Initiatives.
*Assess existing suppliers and develop new supplier relationships. Maintains existing supplier agreements, participates in development of new agreements.
*Meet with suppliers to discuss capacity, potential new products, and on-time delivery and quality (including on-site visits). Negotiate pricing and lead time with existing and new suppliers.
*Supports the development of business case financial models for new projects or changes to vendors/suppliers.
*Investigate and lead opportunities to reduce product costs, inventory, and improve the supplier base and/or improve specific processes.
*Implements cost reduction opportunities by employing techniques of price/cost analysis, negotiations, strategic sourcing and value engineering.

* Growing Organization – eight locatons in the United States
* This copany is known for their quality and workmanship
* Privately held
* Great Benefits
* Quality of life and cost of Living in Central Arkansas is very attractive
* Relocation Paid


Education and/or Experience:
*Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering or related field required
*6+ years of experience sourcing metallic component parts (formed/machined/deep drawn) and raw material metals in wire, strip, sheet, or tube form
*Oracle ERP experience strongly preferred
*Demonstrated proficiency in statistics, forecasting and forecasting methods with sound understanding of financial and operating impact
*Ability to successfully identify and develop high quality lower cost alternate suppliers
*Demonstrated ability to read & interpret Mechanical drawings
*Sound knowledge of BI tools related to demand planning
*Familiarity with material (commodities) procurement in a lean manufacturing environment including inventory systems, material flow, leveraging volume spend, inventory turns, visual management, and continuous improvement tools
*Strong background in building strategic relationships with suppliers and internal customers and stakeholdersTracking 4036

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