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Director, Materials

Apply Location York, Pennsylvania Requisition Number R-89926

The Director, Materials ensures the accuracy, safekeeping and timely movement of inventory throughout the site. This is accomplished through the development of lean processes and procedures that meet internal and external customer requirements and the effective leadership of Inventory Control resources through clear and precise communications of responsibilities and goals. The Director, Materials will ensure collaborative relationships with Functional Leaders are maintained to ensure Inventory Controls supports departmental needs and collectively the business meets our external customer demands.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Communicates with customers and other strategic partners to gain their input and support on the business objectives. Fosters true partner relationships that allow us to manage change and growth within the individual business.

  • Creates and maintains processes that provide solutions for various internal and external customer demands. 

  • Provides technical and operational support during the business development process and new customer acquisition. 

  • Develop and establish document controls to ensure accuracy of inventory. 

  • Establish, track, and analyze departmental reports / measurements and present findings as appropriate. 

  • In consultation with superior and subordinate supervisory personnel as appropriate, the Director, Materials develops short- and long- term goals and plans for areas of responsibility. 

  • Develops, secures approval of, and administers an operating budget for attainment of agreed upon goals in accordance with approved plans. 

  • Ensures adherence to and administers procedures necessary to implement approved policy and provides the overall direction necessary to ensure the delivery of efficient and effective area services. 

  • Hires, develops, evaluates, and (when necessary) disciplines and discharges subordinates personnel or makes authoritative recommendations in such matter. Develops function-specific orientation and training programs for area personnel. Establishes standards for effective job performance and evaluates subordinates according to such standards. Delegates these responsibilities to supervisory personnel as appropriate. 

  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of an effective organization for area(s) of responsibility, including: a) efficient work flow patterns; b) established performance standards; c) effective delineation of duties and responsibilities; d) suitable staffing levels; e) appropriate supervision; and f) systems for timely communication of pertinent information. 

  • Serves as liaison with other organizational department leaders; establishes and maintains the working rapport necessary to develop cooperation and effectively integrate area services into the company’s overall business fulfillment system. 

  • Receives and investigates all complaints concerning his or her area(s) of responsibility and its personnel; determines veracity of such and (as necessary) takes corrective or disciplinary action and/or prepares reply. 

  • Remains abreast of developments in the field(s) by pursuing a program of self development, participating in professional organizations, interacting with peers, reviewing pertinent literature, and so forth. Incorporates advancements when practicable and cost effective. 

  • Directs the preparation of records as well as recurring and special reports and analyses for area(s) of responsibility ensuring that they are complete, accurate and prepared on time. Reviews and interprets these in order to ascertain the extent to which goals are being attained. Initiates corrective action as necessary.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any business or related discipline.

  • 9 years' materials / inventory control experience in a fast paced, high volume (approximately 8,000+ SKU’s) manufacturing/repair environment with at least 5 years of data interpretation / analysis and logistics experience.

  • 7 years' leadership experience with at least 5 years’ experience managing supervisory personnel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previously worked in a fast-paced environment.

  • Working knowledge and understanding of MRP / ERP systems, WIP & Planning. Preferred knowledge with Oracle.

  • Experience with Microsoft Great Plains.

  • Requires the ability to direct and manage through multiple teams.

  • Ability to interact effectively and positively with all levels of Company personnel as well as external personnel.

  • Able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Highly skilled inventory control leader with extensive strategic and tactical experience, results-oriented, high energy, high urgency, and embraces effective change.

  • High level of customer interaction; frequent interruptions and re-prioritization of projects based upon customer needs, working under deadlines, creative thinking, working on multiple projects simultaneously, and ability making decisions based on various levels of information.

  • Human Resource policies and procedures, area-specific policies and procedures, manufacturing, automation, electronics, systems integration, life cycle modeling, new product introduction, process development and deployment, leveraging Lean / 6 Sigma tools, project and resource planning, and systems implementation.

  • APICS CPIM designation.

  • Ability to work independently and assume primary responsibility to move projects and production related services forward.

  • Requires willingness to take personal risk and make decisions based on limited data

  • Working knowledge of Visio.

  • Ability to interact and understand IT issues related to business processes and systems changes.

  • Ability to work with limited supervision.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Knowledge of inventory and warehousing processing procedures.

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment..

  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office product line as well as other Windows software tools.

Note: Work from home days possible.

Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ. Assurant has approximately $30 billion in assets and $9 billion in annual revenue. Assurant has approximately 14,500 employees worldwide and is headquartered in New York's financial district.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits to full time and part time employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD, life insurance, 401(k), generous paid time off and much more.

We strive to maintain a professional, yet friendly environment and promote professional and career development for our employees.

Assurant is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All aspects of consideration for employment and employment with the Company are governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

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