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Manufacturing External Materials Manager

Date: Nov 18, 2020

Location: Tulsa, OK, US, 74117

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 40183 

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Function Overview:

The purpose of this role is to provide leadership to our materials planning group within our manufacturing plant to successfully purchase and deliver parts and raw materials from our global supply base.  This includes managing material planners and supplier relationships in accordance with Whirlpool’s values and goals in safety, quality, delivery, and cost.  In order to be successful in this role, the VSM  (Value Stream Mapping) must have a solid understanding of the value stream of parts under their management - both the external flow to get to the plant but also the internal flow upon arrival and the new product launch process.  


The external material team is accountable for ensuring optimum purchased material availability in the support of planned production levels and inventory goals.  As the leader of the planning group, the External Materials VSM  (Value Stream Mapping) is responsible for providing their team proper facilitation and coaching around data analysis, decision making, and presentation of solutions around supply issues.  These situations are often under tight time constraints and require the ability to make decisions with less than complete data and information.   


As part of the normal parts management routine, the VSM is accountable to lead the monthly safety stock refresh and obsolete processes, ensure that the team is updating and sustaining data integrity within SAP, and utilize key indicators and management systems to monitor progress against key objectives.  Monthly processes also include providing projections on transportation costs, expedite spend, and ensuring the team is following all transportation policies and processes.  


They are also responsible for developing, documenting, and implementing, new or improved material planning processes in partnership with the North American Strategy Materials Management team, including training of affected personnel.  The VSM must be able to drive continuous improvement through the planning and executing of lean events and activities.  They must also “champion” lean through daily coaching in lean tools and methodologies.  These activities must be prioritized and organized to deliver both short term and long term goals and activities in accordance with business objectives.



  • Day-to-day parts management - lead the team to execute and improve material management processes to deliver optimized parts availability
  • People management - coaching and developing material planners to drive great results in safety, quality, delivery, and cost
  • Supplier base management - work with the global supply base to drive optimized supply and compliance with Whirlpool processes and policies
  • Putting lean into practice - using lean tools to drive continuous improvement projects related to improving material management and material flow
  • Financial accuracy - manage outlooking processes for transportation and RWIP inventory dollars, cycle counting process (specific to certain plants)


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, or Operations Management.
  • 4+ years of leadership experience in a supply chain focused or manufacturing environment.
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"">5+ years of experience in supply chain or manufacturing


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supply Chain Management.
  • Knowledge of Industry Standards and systems knowledge for material planning and replenishment.
  • Proficient in Google Suite as an asset.
  • MS Office, Access, Project, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems (SAP an asset).
  • Strong understanding of lean concepts along with a proven track record of driving continuous improvement via lean tools.  
  • Proven ability to grow individual and organization competency through proactive coaching and mentoring.  
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills. 
  • Demonstrated success in a “teaming” environment.



<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"">About us

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<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"">Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, with approximately $20 billion in annual sales, 77,000 employees and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2019. 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 <span style="font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"">    

At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for an Operations Support Supervisor to join our Findlay Operations organization. This role provides a great opportunity for a motivated individual that has a manufacturing background, exceptional leadership skills, and is able to achieve world-class performance in safety, quality, productivity, and engagement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tulsa
Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma

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