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Program Director - Supply Chain ERP Implementation

  • Chicago, IL
  • Direct Hire
  • Job ID: NC104-2686708

** MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION EXPERIENCE IS A MUST **

Position Summary:

Reporting to the VP Global Supply Chain Planning, Analytics & Technology, this is a highly visible and key leadership role whose initial primary mission is to lead a large & complex ERP transformation program in our Sealing & Engine division.  An expert in delivering major system and business change through driving standardized process solutions, the successful candidate will have proven success in adopting new and best practice models, able to unpack heavily customized process and solutions and guide the business teams and implementation partners toward delivering and adopting standard solutions. After successful implementation, the role will evolve into our ERP Transformation Strategy, in addition to staying connected with Sealing & Engine to drive and follow through on the value adoption and ensuring business benefit realization.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: (Other duties may be assigned)

  • Overall responsibility to ensure the program delivers best practices, standard processes and is aligned with a global standard solution
  • Champions the development of a standard global business process design / SAP template and is diligent in the avoidance / removal of heavy customization
  • Overall responsibility for the planning, quality, delivery and management of all aspects of the implementation program including solution and business organization change
  • Overall responsibility to keep the program on track, to cost, within scope and to the expected quality
  • Responsible for executive Steering committee and other leadership communications
  • Overall responsibility for all internal and external resources engaged on the project, including external vendors and providers - manages the partner
  • Overall management of the change control process and approval board
  • Champions and delivers the organizational change management approach and goals
  • Leads and coaches the Project Managers, Change Managers, Test / Training Manager, Data Manager, Deployment Managers, business leaders and Project Sponsors on the implementation approach and lifecycle
  • Ensures full integration of and collaboration of Delivery (SAP and Manhattan), infrastructure, Test, Train, Data, Organizational Change
  • Point of escalation for project delivery issues from all partners
  • Owns the plan to handover project to support organization
  • Owns the transition to business as usual and the continued measurement of process adherence
  • Assesses and measures business change readiness for go live

Specialized Skills and Knowledge:

Setting Strategy

  • Provide strategic consultancy support to filter, define and design business processes and requirements
  • Champions the avoidance / removal of heavy customization and pushes all teams to delivery and adopt standard solutions
  • Strong technical acumen, knowledge of industry best practices, and best of breed components within Supply Chain and Manufacturing
  • Is able to come up with the next great breakthrough thing to do; is creative, a visionary, and can manage innovation; is an effective strategist full of ideas and possibilities; sees multiple futures; has broad interests and knowledge; can both create and bring exciting ideas to market; comfortable speculating about alternative futures without all of the data.

Executing for Results

  • Track record of successfully delivering complex, multi-million-dollar business / IT programs and projects
  • Can solve even the toughest and most complex of problems; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available; is a quick study of the new and different; adds personal wisdom and experience to come to the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem solving tools and techniques
  • This position will require adept and creative skills at solving complex business process and information technology challenges that cross multiple functions, demands substantial involvement with parties at all levels in the company, while acknowledging corporate priorities

Leading Teams

  • Is skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change and standardization; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people
  • This position requires exceptional collaboration, teamwork, negotiation, influence, and relationship building skills at all levels with internal and external parties in alignment with our key values: integrity, teamwork, excellence, and accountability
  • Manages people well; gets the most and best out of the people he/she has; sets and communicates guiding goals; measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, and gives useful feedback; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; provides coaching for today and for the future
  • Exposure to multi-vendor & multi-cultural global IT delivery. Ability to manage multi-cultured teams with an appreciation and awareness of individual differences

Qualifications - Required Skills:

  • Advanced broad-based supply chain management, process development and manufacturing operations knowledge
  • Vast experience in End to End Business Transformation based on the technology of SAP
  • Broad and deep knowledge the following ERP Systems – SAP, QAD, EWM, Manhattan, APO
  • Demonstrated competency in the MS Office Suite of products
  • Strong and above average communication skills – oral, written and presentation skills
  • Superior organization, planning, technical and negotiation skills
  • Superior process, analytical and problem-solving skills – apply / execute formal techniques (e.g. Kepner Tregoe, 8D)
  • Exposure to multiple disciplines (including IT, Purchasing, Operations, Finance….) Works and interfaces inside and outside the organization, with customers and suppliers
  • Strong leadership skills – influence all facets of the organization, mentoring, coaching and teaching
  • Strong ability to collaborate, influence and build consensus - addresses conflict and resolves issues

Qualifications / Education  

  • 15+ years of related experience in a large or midsize multinational manufacturer
  • Experience in the automotive aftermarket industry preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree is desired Master’s degree preferred
  • IT Industry relevant certifications and qualifications
  • Project Management qualification: PRINCE2 or similar
  • Business relevant qualifications (TBC)

Travel:

  • Ability to travel globally – Project based requirement
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