Manager, Supply Chain Process Excellence

Palatine, IL

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The Supply Chain Manager Process Excellence (MPE) is responsible for the simplification of business processes, the implementation of best practices, and the management of all related projects and enhancements. This position will manage and coordinate the activities of internal Functional Analysts, Business Process Teams and Technical Services assigned to projects and enhancements.  The MPE’s resources will analyze, simplify, test and manage implementations of new processes and software solutions/applications in support of Weber’s business requirements established within the scope of the Project or Enhancement.  The MPE must possess an in-depth understanding of the business across multiple functional areas and Business Units.  The MPE will operate within the confines of the application landscape and capabilities.  The MPE will maintain effective relationships with the business and IT to leverage their knowledge and expertise to enable improved business processes in order to drive process optimization and simplification.  They will enable the alignment of business strategies, resources, and capabilities in order to deliver optimal solutions to support the business.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Builds effective working knowledge of all business processes and applications within the scope of their respective business areas.
  • Successfully partners with the business and IT to manage the project portfolio and ensure alignment of initiatives with the respective technology solutions.
  • Ensures alignment of the team as well as the user community with the vision of SAP “Best Practice” and Industry standard processes, while assessing the business individual needs, meeting commitments and building internal and external partnerships.
  • Mediates across different IT & business teams utilizing knowledge of roles and responsibilities within the organization.
  • Provide leadership and coaching to team members as well as external resources, by outlining the vision and direction for the organization as a whole and the team specifically
  • Develop, plan, and manage team work activities; develop project plans; complete projects & enhancements on time and on budget.
  • Monitors project budgets and coordinates project teams.
  • Provides strategic direction on new functions, processes, and technologies in support of the user community and manage the implementation of the long-term vision.
  • Executes best practices for business analysis processes and functions (from an industry and strategic standpoint), including requirements elicitation methods. Knows emerging trends.
  • Leads work sessions using a variety of requirements gathering methods such as interviews, documentation analysis, surveys, site visits, and business models with executives, managers, developers and subject matter experts.
  • Focuses on process analysis and re-engineering, with an understanding of technical problems and solutions as they relate to the current and future business environment.
  • Ensures problem statements and objectives are clearly defined.
  • Ensures requirements are aligned to project scope, objectives and strategies.
  • Researches and navigates new vendor products and identifies which products are needed to address/fix issues.
  • Demonstrates excellent Supply Chain process design skills.
  • Designs Supply chain project and enhancement solutions with consultants and/or SAP Functional Analysts.
  • Continually build knowledge and stay abreast of current Supply Chain & SAP functionality, capabilities and technologies.
  • Demonstrates excellent listening, communication, and facilitation skills.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • 7+ years’ work experience in Supply Chain and Operations
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • Experience managing and delivering projects at medium to large manufacturing companies
  • In depth understanding of the SAP system including IM/MM/PP/SD/WM, Master Data Management (Materials, Routings, BOMs), MRP, and Long Term Planning along with integration points of all modules and related business processes
  • Proven track record of managing successful implementations
  • Ability to think “process” rather than just function and solid understanding of end to end processes like “plan to procure”.Sound and accurate judgment; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent analytical and problem solving skills; excellent planning and organizing skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Strategic thinking and sound knowledge of the respective business processes (independent of the system aspect)
  • Adept at developing system requirements, designing and prototyping, testing, training and implementing business solutions, while achieving deadlines and budget goals
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Products, including MS Project or similar project management tool
  • Highly motivated self-starter who is innovative and quick to learn
  • Project Management skills and ability to manage a project end to end while managing internal and external resources; PMP Certification preferred
  • On-call availability for off-shift support

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