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Senior Manager, Material Management

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Date: Aug 13, 2019

Location: Amana, IA, US, 52204

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation is consistently recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Respect, integrity, diversity and inclusion, teamwork and the spirit of winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of the world's leading major home appliance company.

Whirlpool is the industry leader in the manufacturing and marketing of home appliances. Whirlpool is a global company and markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Bauknecht, Consul and other major brand names in more than 170 countries around the world.


Whirlpool is a company that creates innovative solutions and products to meet consumer needs. As a result, we have been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most innovative companies by Business Week magazine and the Boston Consulting Group. Additionally, Whirlpool Corporation was ranked among the Top 20 Innovators in Consumer Products by The Patent Board and has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 20 Companies for Leaders by Hewitt Associates and Fortune magazine.

Our unique business strategy provides us with an unmatched leadership position and ability to build and sustain loyalty to our brands. Our strategy allows us to move with greater speed to better serve our trade customer and end consumers around the globe.

Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for a Plant Materials Leader opening to lead our Materials organization in Amana, Iowa.


Day to Day
You will be responsible for the leadership of your assigned organization to support continuous improvement with the development of people and of our future state, through project management and implementation of lean principles and technology.


What You Will Do

  • Responsible for oversight of all material planning and execution for the operations, both internal and external operations.

  • Act as Liaison between Manufacturing, Procurement, Finance, Technology and Demand Planning.

  • Adherence to policies and procedures of Inventory Management (internal and external controls).

  • Lead the manufacturing production schedule with corporate planning and develop optimal operational plans that incorporate manufacturing constraints.

  • Lead weekly meetings with product fulfillment team to review forecast data.

  • Accountable to enforce and manage commercial relationships with suppliers to ensure efficient flow of parts into the operation.

  • Work with manufacturing leadership and cross functional teams to optimize total cost and to maintain inventory targets that support our ability to deliver the promise to our customers.

  • Mentor, lead, and develop the plant’s materials organization.

  • Report to material and manufacturing leadership on production status and identify countermeasures.

  • Implementation of Whirlpool Production System (WPS) / World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Methodology and Application.

  • Serve as a point of contact for cross-functional partners - both internal to Whirlpool and external.

  • Identify and lead continuous improvement efforts through involvement in the strategic materials management planning process and the execution of activities defined in that process.

  • Prioritizes and organize short term and long term goals and activities in accordance with business objectives.

  • Ensure strict adherence to all Whirlpool manufacturing standards/methods.

  • Live the Whirlpool Leadership Model and drive it within your team.

  • Addresses opportunities for improvement relative to Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery metrics and talent development.


What You Need To Succeed

  • Bachelor's degree required; Supply Chain, Logistics, Operations Management, or similar preferred.

  • 5 to 7 years leadership experience in a supply chain focused or manufacturing environment preferred. Prior materials experience an asset.

  • Strong understanding of World Class Manufacturing (WCM) & Lean methodology and application. Proven track record in driving continuous improvement via lean tools.

  • A broad understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, knowledge of SAP systems preferred.

  • Proven ability to grow individual and organization competency through proactive coaching and mentoring.

  • Proven change agent.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills.

  • Demonstrated problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

  • Repeated success in a "teaming" environment.

  • Prior experience managing supplier and/or cross functional relationships


Endless Opportunities

Whirlpool has big plans for the future, just like you. We understand that it takes preparation and hard work to get there. So, we offer challenging purpose, ownership of your role, great teams, and tools to build your capability. In our performance-based setting, you can take your career in exciting new directions - and as far as you want to go.

About us

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world's leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2018. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. 

Additional information about the company can be found at, or find us on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Iowa City

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