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Supplier Ops Specialist

Company: Avantor
Location: Virginia Beach
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

Job SummaryThe Supplier Operations Specialist will drive margin expansion projects and continuous improvement initiatives. They will provide valuable support necessary for Project Management Activities, Supplier Analytics, and Supplier Engagement. These improvement initiatives will drive increase efficiencies and reduce overall supply chain costs for Avantor in the areas of Transportation, Distribution Operations, Procurement and Product Cost. The specialist will help manage and provide support for supplier cost management to reduce Avantor's overall operational expenses.

The individual will provide key analytics into current supplier performance and cost and identify opportunities to improve overall performance into Avantor's distribution network and reduce the cost of doing business with suppliers. This role will be responsible for daily management of Supplier Issue resolution as concerns are reported through IAuditor Audits. Individual will work with Suppliers and Internal Partners (Distribution Operations, Transportation, Portfolio, Strategic Sourcing, Customer Service, Regulatory, and Master Data) to resolve issues. Improvements will help reduce delays in receiving, improve efficiencies of the DCs, and improve the overall customer experience.

Specialist will provide analysis to indicate where key suppliers are not meeting the terms and conditions of the contract. Individual will conduct quarterly audits of supplier ancillary charges and freight expenses to ensure charges are in line with current contractual terms. Specialist will work with Supplier Operations Directors to recover any unauthorized charges.

Individual will help identify opportunities to improve mid-tier supplier performance. This improved performance will reduce Avantor's overall costs, increase margin performance and improve customer satisfaction.MAJOR JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (List in order of importance)

  • Manage and execute the implementation of Margin Enhancement projects to reduce overall operations expenses and increase profit margins for Avantor
  • Drive supplier performance to enhance the overall customer experience
  • Provide monthly analysis of Supplier Performance Opportunities to be addressed by Supplier Operations Directors with lower performing suppliers
  • Review I-Auditor Audits and follow-up with suppliers on any corrective actions necessary to improve shipment quality in the distribution network. Provide timely feedback to DC on progress with suppliers
  • On-Board new suppliers to an eCommerce connection through implementation of either Standard EDI or Avantor's Web Portal
  • Identify opportunities and drive improvements in supply chain performance for mid-tier and lower volume suppliers
  • Deliver continuous process improvements through review of Supplier Scorecards with mid-tier suppliers, where opportunities exist adversely affecting the DC network
  • Work with assigned suppliers to identify and improve packaging to reduced damages. Have suppliers complete ISTA package testing and certification
  • Handle issue resolution related to supplier performance reported by DC's
  • Provide monthly tracking of all supplier issues, progress and actions/resolutions taken by suppliers
  • Support new product introductions by providing supply chain expertise to Portfolio and Strategic Sourcing
  • Work with Suppliers, Portfolio, Strategic Sourcing and Master Data to correct master data issues leading to inefficiencies in the procure-to-pay processes
  • Audit supplier charges monthly utilizing both the Unplanned Delivery Report and Ancillary Expense Reports to ensure charges are valid per supplier contracts. Provide monthly report on invalid charges to Director of Supplier Operations
  • Work with assigned mid-tier suppliers to improve product supply and overall inventory performanceQualifications:* BS degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, Operations or Business Finance* 3-6 years of applicable work experience * 3-6 Years of SCM/ operations experience* APICS/CPIM certification desirable* Strong knowledge and practical use of Forecasting and Inventory Planning tools, Operations and Logistics* Project Leadership, Proficient in MS office suite (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint)* Formal problem-solving training desirable, i.e., Avantor Business Systems or Six Sigma, LeanKnowledge & Skills* Ability to manage projects with suppliers to improve overall performance into our distribution network* Strong written and verbal communication skills* Ability to work in a matrix environment* Strong analytical skills* Ability to work with virtual teams and cross functionally* Results driven* Ability to be proactive in addressing corrective actions.* Embraces change, challenges status quo, and drives improvementsExcellent skills in SAP, Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint DISCLAIMER:
    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.
    Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.EEO Statement:We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW Poster, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Provision using the links below.3rd Party Non-Solicitation Policy:By submitting candidates without having been formally assigned on and contracted for a specific job requisition by Avantor, or by failing to comply with the Avantor recruitment process, you forfeit any fee on the submitted candidates, regardless of your usual terms and conditions. Avantor works with a preferred supplier list and will take the initiative to engage with recruitment agencies based on its needs and will not be accepting any form of solicitation.Colorado and New York Equal Pay Transparency:Avantor is committed to equitable compensation practices. The compensation range for this role is:$55,000.00 - $94,000.00Final compensation for this role will be determined by various factors such as minimum and preferred qualifications, knowledge, skills, abilities, education, experience and location.

Keywords: Avantor, Virginia Beach , Supplier Ops Specialist, Accounting, Auditing , Virginia Beach, Virginia

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