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Strategic Supply Leader, MT

Date: Jan 6, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 6377

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 3,900 people in over 30 countries.


Job Description

  • Leads the development of a rolling monthly supply plan with a minimum 18-month effective operational planning horizon and continuity through a telescoping 3-5-year strategic global planning horizon in both volume and financial perspectives that are aligned with growth strategies
  • Develops and manages global planning functions through strategy, network optimization profitability and KPI’s resulting in the maximization of customer satisfaction
  • Manages and proactively adjusts inventory levels in accordance to business demand changes
  • Leads and manages short and long market conditions and market share opportunities and risk to inform global/regional capacity balancing.
  • Responsible for ensuring linkage of Supply plan to production scheduling within manufacturing locations
  • Establish framework and implement effective Supply Review briefing materials to inform Leadership of the latest scenario-based, operational supply outlook and identify key opportunities for Leadership influence to effect outcomes.
  • Implements and Drives Change Management initiatives throughout the Supply Planning process
  • Collaborates with Demand Analysts and Operations Managers to account for constrained supply conditions to guide Demand Control actions (i.e. shape demand to match project supply capability), including mix adjustment at product grade level to support effective detailed planning and scheduling processes.
  • Participates in monthly Portfolio Reviews (i.e. NPI process) in coordination with Demand Analysts to coordinate and align portfolio transitions, including trials, introductions, cannibalization, and discontinuation to ensure supply alignment with go-to-market plans.
  • Manages strategies developed in alignment with Tactical Supply Planning, Manufacturing, and Sourcing to collect and analyze detailed supply planning and supply-side market data to improve the predictability of business performance and drive proactive insight to supply-side dynamics.
  • Advises and provides guidance on “what if” scenario analysis to determine alternatives and describe strategic and tactical options that lead to an operational perspective of Range-of-Outcomes (ROO) that can be evaluated against Financial Performance Ranges.

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of the Business, Market, Customers, and Products supported.
  • Effectively leads in conditions of ambiguity.
  • Experienced in implementing strategic planning for business opportunities
  • A strong motivator and visionary with high energy and drive, accompanied by
  • clear, purposeful and frequent communications.
  • Capable of compiling high volumes of data, analyzing it accurately, then aligning it with the business strategy and creating a roadmap for execution.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Advanced Planning Systems, Transactional Systems (i.e. SAP), Business Intelligence capabilities, and Microsoft Excel.
  • A strategic thinker who develops and manages through key metrics that give an accurate picture of business goals and of progress updates.
  • Demonstrates intellectual curiosity and a constant pursuit of addressing the unknown.
  • Strong ability to lead and influence without authority.
  • Supply Chain operations experience.
  • Proven ability to execute all phases of project management.
  • APICS Certification (CSCP) preferred

Required Experience

  • 10+ years’ experience in operations planning, experience on both the strategic and tactical sides preferred.
  • Intimate knowledge of processes in sales management, marketing, finance, S&OP, Operations and Supply Chain
  • B.S. degree in Supply Chain, MBA a plus

Preferred Qualifications

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EOE Statement:  W. R. Grace & Co. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


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