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Director, Materials

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Manufacturing (Group)  |  ID: REQ-10264


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Director, Materials

The Challenge

The plant Materials Manager is responsible for ensuring the leadership and continuous improvement of the materials function at an appliance manufacturing facility.

What you will Do

  • Provide leadership and expertise for plant Materials management function. oversees a team of materials professionals and hourly teams led by supervisors across multiple shifts.

  • Implement improvement programs and maximize performance in meeting business priorities.

  • Interact with product management/sales and status monthly and quarterly inventory levels to achieve goals.

  • Proactively steer continuous improvement materials programs utilizing Lean/Six Sigma methodologies and practices.

  • Responsible for the overall inventory management process emphasizing reduced inventory levels and increased inventory turns.

  • Establish strategic inventory plans that achieve business inventory commitments, while balancing customer lead time/business OTD requirements.

  • Work closely with Operations, ERP, and Lean teams to identify and address Materials issues related to process improvements and accuracy.

  • Review and calculate ABC classifications, safety stock, economic order quantities.

  • Responsible for inventory portion of working capital reviews, generating and status on-going inventory project deck to guide inventory reductions.

  • Successfully manage multiple priorities without direct supervision.

  • Ability to manage and influence organizational culture, personnel, and Supply Chain programs virtually using electronic media.

  • Ensure all company-required tools, programs, and management systems are properly implemented and that documentation required to support programs and management systems are comprehensive and up-to-date.

  • Complete required reports timely and with 100% accuracy.

  • Benchmark and share best practices across GE Appliances.


What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain, engineering, or other relevant fields.

  • 5 years of materials management experience within a high-volume manufacturing environment.

  • 10 years of experience working within a manufacturing environment, including prior experience leading work teams.

  • Proven systems experience and capabilities, including MRP/ERP systems and MS Word/Excel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Sound planning/forecasting capabilities; experience in production control, forecasting, master scheduling, and Lean initiatives

  • Excellent systematic and problem-solving skills. Detailed and proficient in data analysis

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and collaborate among multiple functional stakeholders.

  • Prior experience in managing change, implementation of new processes.

  • Understanding and prior usage/application of Lean manufacturing best practices.

  • Customer focus, high energy, and proactive approach to issues. 

  • Excellent presentation skills and solid verbal/written communication skills. 

  • Initiative and ability to handle multiple priorities and tasks. 

  • Supplier management experience and project implementation.

  • Awareness of current technology and advances in the field of supply chain management

  • APICS certification.

  • Six Sigma certification.

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for both an office and manufacturing environment. 

  • Work may involve transferring materials and products up to 30 pounds. 

  • Working in the manufacturing environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not be limited to safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, work shoes/boots. 

  • Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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