Site & UK Supply Chain Manager

Role based Widnes, Cheshire, North West (requires occasional UK travel)
Attractive Salary, plus benefits
17 Jun 2019
17 Jul 2019
Specialist Area
Supply chain
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

This is a multi-faceted senior supply chain planning role, with business-critical responsibilities as the ‘Master Production Scheduler’ for a major Top COMAH Chemicals manufacturing site across its end-to-end supply chain, and to be the change-agent to identify, align and drive best practice Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SiOP) process improvements on site, and roll-out to two UK sister sites.

Attractive Salary, plus benefits   

Role based Halebank, Widnes (requires occasional UK travel)    

Our client, Vertellus, is a successful US specialty chemicals group, with 10 manufacturing plants around the world, including in Europe, China, India and the US. Its focus is on ‘Smart Chemistry’, specialising in developing and producing fine chemicals and intermediates for sophisticated chemistry applications, supplying to customers on a global basis. It is a leading provider of ingredients used in a wide variety of markets, including pharmaceuticals, personal care, nutrition, agriculture, ‘green technologies’ and many more; their products are found in many everyday consumables. Vertellus is a ‘Responsible Care’® company and follows the highest regulatory and quality manufacturing standards. Its new CEO and senior team are driving a strategy of Communication, Engagement and striving for Operational Excellence, including across its Supply Chain, to achieve profitable, sustainable growth, and the three UK sites are aligned to this goal. The Site & UK Supply Chain Manager ('Site Master Production Scheduler, US terminology) is a proactive role to implement and drive SiOP process improvements and effect change, based at the Halebank site, (previously known as Pentagon Fine Chemicals) and to roll-out to the Workington and Seal Sands sites.

Reporting directly to the Site Director and to the Global Supply Chain Leader in the US, you will be responsible for the overall end-to-end Supply Chain process for the Halebank site, including all aspects of production and inventory planning, with a team of three. You will work to optimise the use of site resources to ensure the ever-changing production plans, for this fast paced, complex and versatile manufacturing site, meet delivery dates and customer demands. Working independently and as a strong participant in team projects, you must be able to develop, manage and influence multiple internal and external stakeholder relationships on site, at UK sister sites and most importantly as the ‘front-face’ to key customers. This is a varied and interesting role, as besides being required to immediately 'take the reins' to perform the overall day-to-day ‘Production Planning’ function, you will be required to review and proactively challenge the ongoing processes, by gaining a quick understanding of the fundamental root causes of typical issues on site. From your proven operational experience and knowledge, you will provide and implement pragmatic, best practice solutions to drive Supply Chain process and system improvements, resulting in greater efficiency for the overall site, (including transitioning basic duties out into the team). Following successful developments at Halebank, you will work closely as an adviser to ‘roll-out' continuous improvement ideas with colleagues at the other UK sister sites, adapted to suit their individual challenges.

We seek a dynamic, high calibre and experienced Supply Chain Planning professional, of degree calibre and ideally CIPS qualified (or holding an equivalent operational qualification). You will likely have gained your expertise in another complex, fast paced manufacturing environment that operates best practice Supply Chain end-to-end processes. (Knowledge or experience gained in a COMAH compliant Chemicals environment would be advantageous, but this is not a prerequisite, and likewise any training in DGSA or IATA.) You will be highly computer literate, and have experience of using SAP or another integrated ERP/MRP system. You must have strong communication, process improvement and project management skills, and as a forward-thinking achiever be capable of supporting business-critical decision making and through your insight affect essential Supply Chain improvements.

If you believe you have the requisite experience necessary to succeed in this role, we would like to hear from you. To apply, in the first instance please forward your CV quickly to Anita Caldwell at RMG, as the sole retained recruitment adviser for this position, quoting reference AC12702/SM.

No agencies please. (Previous applicants need not apply).