Director, Supply Chain

PQ Corporation Malvern , PA 19355

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

For almost 200 years, PQ Corporation has envisioned the future of performance materials, chemicals and catalysts through collaborative innovation, making products that touch all of us, every day.

  • Cleaner Emissions
  • Our Catalysts and Refining Services products and solutions help companies produce vehicles with improved fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions.
  • Safer Travels
  • We produce highly engineered Performance Materials that help make highways and airports safer for drivers, pedestrians, pilots and passengers
  • Better Care
  • Our products are critical ingredients in consumer applications that help make teeth brighter and skin softer
  • Carbon-Free
  • With inorganic and carbon-free products, we contribute to improving the sustainability of our planet.

We are a leading global provider of specialty catalysts, materials, chemicals, and services that enable environmental improvements, enhance consumer products, and increase personal safety.


The Director, Supply Chain oversees the supply chain management function for the Americas Silicates business within our Performance Chemicals division. This position will establish overall strategy and approach in order to maximize efficiency and provide guidance to process and systems to ensure the timely and efficient fulfillment of customer orders to attain maximum sales potential. This position will be responsible for the integration, improvement and execution of the S&OP as well as plant scheduling, capacity management, inventory and materials replenishment, on time delivery and other supply chain processes. Americas Silicates is made up of operations in 17 medium sized production facilities across the Americas (Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil) including an employee population of approximately 500 employees.

Job Requirements

  • Directly supervises 4 managers: Logistics, Procurement, S&OP and LATAM.

  • Key business leader and member of the Silicates Americas management team. Works closely with the Director of Manufacturing to ensure a cohesive integrated manufacturing process.

  • Leads the overall Sales & Operations Inventory Planning (S&OP) process for the business and ensures coordination of all parts of the supply chain process.

  • Leads strategy development and implementation of initiatives on demand planning, supply planning, production planning, rough-cut capacity planning, inventory management, logistics management and Material Management including related metrics.

  • Oversees the management of $170M of variable spend as well as a $30M capital procurement budget.

  • Implements special projects to improve productivity, network optimizations, customer metrics, supplier negotiations, S&OP planning and other continuous improvement efforts.

  • Oversees the succession planning and career development of the supply chain team.

  • Works closely with Finance Director and Group President to analyze fixed cost, freight costs and to deliver forecasts to executive management.

  • Implements continuous improvement programs across supply chain to reduce fixed and variable costs (raw material usage) and increase availabilities.

  • Provides leadership and structure to the supply chain team and executes a Management Operating System (MOS) that ensures optimal alignment between Plant capacity and sourcing to ensure we can meet the external demand plan at the appropriate inventory levels. Work with corp IT and external sources to develop and operate MOS.

  • Sets expectations for the development and ongoing refinement of the daily weekly, monthly Operating Reviews.

  • Leads the process that ensures proper prioritization, allocation, escalation and communication of process robustness and product availability to support sales.

  • Drives a culture of team work and collaboration with procurement, manufacturing, HSE, Engineering, sales and Finance.


  • Excellent background in supply chain management in a complex manufacturing environment.

  • Prior experience in leading and managing a supply chain team.

  • Accustomed to working closely with manufacturing and creating a collaborative, effective integrated manufacturing environment.

  • Excellent track record driving process improvement.

  • The ability to make tough calls and tough decisions in a rapidly changing and complex environment.

  • Strong professional presence and communication skills with the ability to mentor subordinates and interface with executives.

  • Strong leadership skills that create an accountable work environment and enable change management.

  • Ability to influence and work collaboratively with Commercial and Operations teams.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, supply chain, business or equivalent

  • 15+ years of experience in supply chain, preferably in chemical manufacturing

  • APICs certification, preferred

  • Experience working with best in class supply chain & materials management practices

  • Experience with best value sourcing and the management of global contracts

  • Strong leadership and process orientation

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