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Job Title:  Manager, Supply Chain


Herndon, VA, US, 20171

Business Unit:  Telular
Posting Date:  Nov 22, 2022
Job Description: 

The Supply Chain Manager will lead supply chain functions at Telular through a team of technical/functional experts.  This position will manage and perform overall planning, materials, inventory, and shipment activities for the Business Unit (BU).  Specific duties and functions required to meet team goals and objectives include manufacturing planning utilizing available tools, team/vendor communication and evaluation, and inventory forecasting and control through SIOPs processes. The Supply Chain Manager will also participate in interdepartmental business planning, product lifecycle, and inventory management, as well as tracking individual and team performance relative to strategic goals. Specifically, this role operates in a hands-on environment executing purchasing, planning, and shipping actions while building, leading, and managing the materials planning and control functions for the BU. They work closely with the Operations, Test Engineering teams in supporting key facility objectives around production planning, materials, and machines. This position reports directly to the DVP, Operations. 


In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Leads Supply Chain, Logistics and Materials Department with planning, purchase, and management of supply to achieve business goals.
  • Participate in the sales and operations planning process to ensure incoming material meets product volume and mix requirements.
  • Apply the latest planning and information management tools, search out and leverage best-practices, and participate in ongoing skills training. Maintain all material control-related systems to reflect changes of internal and external customer demand.
  • Responsible for management of all 3rd party contract manufacturers that Telular utilizes to build, test all Finished Goods.
  • Assist in evaluation of potential supplier and/or Contract Manufacturers to reduce company risk in quality and cost of components and services. Create sourcing strategies and execution plans optimizing the logistics of goods and services from suppliers while maintaining sufficient supplier diversity.
  • Manage purchasing and execution of purchase order placements
  • Negotiate lowest total cost of ownership and periodically perform market benchmarks against supplier costs to SkyBitz by identifying and facilitating cost reduction strategies by sourcing new and alternate suppliers or recommending engineering changes.
  • Responsible for management of all inventories (Internal and External) (FG, WIP, Raw). Optimize and balance inventory levels to maximize key metrics; inventory turns, Finished Goods availability and cost, quality, transportation costs; limit excess and obsolete inventory.
  • Work with business unit on inventory and logistics planning of new products, inventory forecasting/reduction, and strategic yearly cost reduction initiatives.
  • Maintain strong lines of communication with teammates, Contract Manufacturers, vendors, Finance, IT, Engineering, Sales and Marketing, Customer Experience, and Operations to drive efficient issue identification and resolution.
  • Overall responsibility for the Telular Repair center (RMA management and processing)
  • Manage Material Review Board (MRB) process - Complete responsibility for material quality, supply chain quality, and delivery performance.  Periodic team performance reporting also required
  • Collaborate with Telular Engineering team on evaluation and selection of new suppliers as appropriate.
  • Provides leadership for problem resolution to facilitate faster improvements and improved working relationships.
  • Determine department staffing requirements and ensures compliance with company policies.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with supply base (existing and new)
  • Develop and maintain accurate standard costs for all finished goods and accessories
  • Advise management of industry competitive situations, alternative supply sources, commodity price trends and supply/demand situations.
  • Provides guidance and works closely with 3rd party suppliers on external product treatments (coating, quality inspections, etc).



  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain / Logistics / Materials Management. Operational planning experience a plus.
  • Proven record of success as a “hands on” operations management leader with at least 10 years’ experience in similar role(s) with a progressive career track.
  • Preferred experience with customized product including high mix / low volume production environment.
  • Demonstrated history of successful change transformations (including designing and implementing operational excellence improvements).
  • Demonstrated advanced data management, manufacturing forecasting, production planning, project management, and purchasing experience.
  • APICS/ISM/CPM/CPIM/Green Belt (or above) certification preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and be challenged by a team-based environment which places a high degree of emphasis on accountability for customer service levels, inventory management, cost reduction, and quality performance.
  • Familiar with manufacturing environment.
  • Proven experience in project leadership, including demonstrable strengths in multifunction and interdepartmental communication, project management, and scheduling.
  • Highly developed problem-solving, analysis, and decision-making skills.
  • Strong communications, interpersonal, leadership, negotiation and organizational skills.
  • Willing to travel domestically and/or internationally to complete Contract Manufacturer audits as well Telular site visits.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications


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