Position Description

Supply Chain Manager
Location Cedar Rapids, IA
Department Manufacturing & Operations
Employment Status Regular Full Time
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The Supply Chain Manager oversees management of Inventory, Purchasing and Scheduling to direct activities so that materials and supplies are on site for approved products to be manufactured on schedule and within budget. Responsibilities require knowledge of scheduling practices.

Key Responsibilities



  1. Understands functions and responsibilities of each employee assigned to the Director of Operations position and manages them in all aspects of employment, including but not limited to: 
    o Hiring, Performance, Discipline, and Termination 
    o Training, Coaching, Mentoring, Guidance, and Motivation

  2. •Effectively manages employees and/or processes to ensure all responsibilities of assigned employees are met and that each external/internal customers' needs are met in a timely manner.

  3. •Ensures systems utilized by department (i.e. JDE, ADP, SolidWorks, etc.) meets or exceeds needs of all company employees.

  4. •Develops, implements, and monitors progress of short-term and long-term goals for all assigned employees.

  5. •Maintains a high level of confidentiality.

  6. •Demonstrates confidence when navigating difficult situations/conversations and advancing ideas.


  1. •Manages and monitors purchased and produced inventory flow and cost to prevent shortages and support production goals

  2. •Responsible for manufacturing productivity, including resource and asset utilization, and the impact scheduling has on support departments.

  3. Develops and improves scheduling processes to promote success of purchasing, production, inventory, and sales.

  4. •Determines production scheduling based on open orders, forecasts and sales trends.  Revises production schedules and priorities as a result of equipment failure or operating problems.


  1. •Demonstrates a good attendance record; is aware of the impact that missing work will have on the customer as well as co-workers.

  2. •Responds to work assignments and requests by being cooperative and available.

  3. •Follows through and meets commitments.

  4. •Available as a resource to subordinates and/or peers.

Productivity / Job Knowledge15%

  1. •Directs/Leads additional areas/departments based on business needs.

  2. •Creates best practices to compile, store, and retrieve production data. 

  3. •Continuously improves systems and procedures to improve and expand processes and productivity, optimizing performance of departments and internal customers, and managing costs.

  4. •Takes a strategic approach in maximizing vendor relations to manage costs.

  5. •Establishes sourcing and purchase plans to support optimizing MRP functionality for materials requirements.

  6. •Management of data that drives MRP system.

  7. •Coordination with engineering and manufacturing to correctly model and manage ERP system to support production.

  8. •Sources new suppliers, negotiating best pricing, quality, delivery, and warranty terms.

  9. •Monitors costs of materials and purchase variances.

  10. •Establishes individual parts' inventory levels and balance them for maximum turnover and minimized obsolescence, while ensuring OTD to production, across all company branch facilities.

  11. •Manages records concerned with ordering, receiving, storing, issuing and shipping materials, supplies, and equipment.


  1. •Follows safety procedures, protocols, policies, and adheres to all SAFESTART concepts, and acts when others are not holding themselves accountable.



Act Like an Owner.20%

  1. •Leads by example and takes ownership in everything you do and or say.

  2. •If you see something, say something and follow through until it's right.

  3. •Treats others with respect and kindness.

Be Interested. Stay Interested.20%

  1. •Isn’t complacent. Seizes opportunities to learn by participating in activities to increase understanding.

Create Change. Start With Yourself.20%

  1. •Asks "why", is open-minded, and challenges the status quo.

  2. •Leads and supports changes for the sake of improvement.

Seek New Perspectives.20%

  1. •Seeks new perspectives from all available sources to challenge your own, and brings them into your decision making process.

  2. •Involves all stakeholders in making decisions. Is open to input from all sources.

Fail Fast. Learn Fast.20%

  1. •Considers long and short-term outcomes when making decisions.

  2. •Is fearless.

  3. •Readily admits mistakes.



Qualifications and Essential Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial, Mechanical or Business Administration, or related field.

  • Experience managing and controlling inventory with an ERP is required.  Experience should include demonstrated skills in using data to identify problems, and implement and measure solutions/improvements.
  • Strong computer skills, including ERP/MRP, data analysis, and MS Office (Excel, Word, Visio).
  • Experience working with manufacturing based technology, processes, and principles.

  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, vendors, or employees of organization.

  • Willing to travel both domestically and internationally up to four (4) weeks per year.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly required to sit and interface with computer systems while maintaining a high level of concentration.  The employee is also regularly required to stand and walk while performing the duties of the job. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands/fingers to handle or feel.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet.  Employee may be exposed to shop environment while distributing documents to shop area.  When on shop floor, employee will be required to wear safety glasses at all times, steel-toed footwear and ear protection when job demands presence in areas outside safety zones, and gloves when handling material. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration, and occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the plant shop environment is moderately loud.

We consider applicants for all position without regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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