Director of Supply Chain

Fort Wayne, United States

The Director of Supply Chain will be expected to approach strategic initiatives and supply chain issues with innovative problem solving, challenging the status quo, and optimizing for scale. This individual will play a critical role in our supply chain evolution, analyzing the overall supplier base, driving sourcing improvements, and optimizing product lead times and costs - while prioritizing vendor relationships. This individual will work closely with our sales and service operations team to ensure cross-functional alignment in key decisions. This role reports directly to the President. 


• Responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring our overall supply chain strategy to maximize efficiency and productivity.  

• Coordinate, organize, and oversee all activities involved in the identification, acquisition and production of the company’s goods including fleet procurement and all associated materials.

• Create and implement fleet purchasing recommendations based on product line ROI and remarketing conditions to meet our strategic growth targets in revenue and net income. 

• Partner with the VP of Sales to ensure quality and ensure reasonable demand planning information is supplied from a sales & marketing perspective. 

• Maximize ERP (Microsoft Dynamics 365) system to manage inventory effectively.

• Develop and maintain detailed inventories of materials and supplies within in the company and at external facilities.

• Develop negotiation strategies and lead/participate in negotiations with suppliers on price, delivery, terms, etc. and implement contracts when appropriate.

• Establish key performance indicators for ordering, accuracy, obsolescence, and pricing.

• Collaborate with Sales, Operations, and Finance teams to determine best vendors.

• Develop and execute inventory cycle count process to assure high inventory accuracies

• Partner with Quality and Manufacturing to monitor and correct all supplier non-conformance issues.

• Exhibit excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.

• Create and maintain positive working relationships with vendors, suppliers, and customers.

• Maintain required quantity of supplies and materials to optimize production by establishing an effective min-max inventory system.

• Develop policies to increase efficiency throughout the supply chain while ensuring quality and safety; implement subsequent changes to processes.

• Assess the need for material-handling equipment and staffing; make recommendations to ensure efficient loading, unloading, movement, and storage of materials.

• Monitor the performance of suppliers, assessing their ability to meet quality and delivery requirements; identify and qualify new suppliers in collaboration with other departments.  This will include negotiation of contracts with new vendors, and annual review of existing contracts.

• Direct management of Procurement and Materials teams.  Work closely with sales, operations, finance, and HR partners. 


• BA in Supply Chain Management, Finance, or similar relevant field

• 7+ years of experience in Supply Chain Management/Logistics responsible for at least $MM annual spend

• Automotive, Heavy-Duty Truck, Ag Equipment or OEM purchasing experience preferred

• Vendor management experience with Industry Leaders

• Hands on experience with supply chain management software 

• Hands on working knowledge in an ERP Purchasing System is a must, Microsoft Dynamics D365 is preferred

• Can handle fast paced, at times stressful, environment when large orders come in with tight deadlines

• Demonstrated performance of forecasting and budgeting

• Ability to solve problems swiftly 

• Analytical thinking with problem solving aptitude

• Great interpersonal and communication skills

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Strong management and leadership skills

• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

• Expert skills in Microsoft Suite of Products – Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint

Travel Requirements

• Up to 20% as necessary, vendor production facility and quality assurance visits will be required, as well as occasional industry trade shows. 

Director of Supply Chain

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Director of Supply Chain

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