Global Director - Supply Chain Planning to Scheduling Excellence

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America
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Job Description

As Albemarle continues to grow into a larger global organization, global process ownership becomes increasingly important to align, standardize and harmonize processes to reduce variations that lead to inefficiencies.

Alongside the interconnected processes of Source-to-Pay, Inquiry-to-Order, and End-to-End Order-to-Cash; the Supply Chain Planning to Scheduling Excellence Director plays a critical role in Albemarle's Supply Chain ecosystem by being accountable for end-to-end global process ownership of these connected processes:  

  • Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) / Sales & Operations Execution (S&OE)

  • Demand Planning (SAP IBP)

  • Supply Planning (SAP IBP)

  • Stock Transport Order (STO) Planning

  • Inventory Optimization

  • Supply Chain Collaboration

  • Scheduling and Rescheduling Planning (SAP MRP/PPDS)

The Supply Chain Planning to Scheduling Excellence Director collaborates with business units, IT, and global process owners to break down functional silos, drive innovation, and lead their team in transformative changes. They focus on process governance, continuous improvement, end-user support, system updates, and growth enablement.

Successful rollout of a sales and operations planning (S&OP/S&OE) initiative relies on a well-defined process that aligns with the company's culture and business goals. This includes defining goals, expected benefits, team requirements, success metrics, and a strategy for continuous improvement.

The role emphasizes the need for an effective Global Process Owner (GPO) who architects cross-functional collaboration and benchmarks industry practices to tailor Supply, Planning, and Demand processes for organizational objectives.

As the Global Process Owner, the director is the architect and leader for the Demand, Supply and scheduling processes.  This person will ensure process alignment and governance across Global Business Units (GBUs) while engaging internal resources to facilitate improvement efforts across Albemarle Corporation.


  • Lead end-to-end global process ownership within the Forecast to Schedule perimeter while collaborating with business units, IT, and other global process owners.

  • Drive the breakdown of functional silos, promoting innovation, process governance, continuous improvement, and growth enablement.

  • Evaluate all operations planning related processes and ensure optimal deployment and use of the Integrated Business Planning (IBP) system.

  • Play a key role in the successful rollout of S&OP/S&OE initiatives, ensuring alignment with company culture and business goals.

  • Support the GBUs in identifying, developing, and implementing process improvement plans to optimize IBP, Inventory, MRP, PPDS processes.

  • Document the requirements for an efficient Stock Transfer Order process including the planning & execution of STOs.

  • Work across GBUs to harmonize the improvement plans for consistency & effectiveness.

  • Maintain policies, procedures, and process documentation.

  • Help drive organizational adoption and acceptance of the Forecast-to-Schedule processes.

Process Design:

  • Tailor the S&OP/S&OE process to fit company needs and culture, outlining frequency, goals, and alignment with existing processes.

  • Define sub-processes and ensure alignment with overall S&OP/S&OE goals, promoting technology consistency.

  • Design successful meeting formats, agendas, and execution support.

  • Define standards for IBP, Stock Transport Order (STO), Inventory optimization, MRP/PPDS processes for efficient planning and execution.

Measurement and Continuous Improvement:

  • Define key performance indicators (KPIs) for S&OP/S&OE and STO processes, ensuring agreement and data collection systems.

  • Champion and educate stakeholders on the value of adopting S&OP/S&OE, providing support for process self-assessment and improvement.

  • Design and implement an audit program for sustained compliance and continuous improvement.

  • Establish external benchmarking programs for process maturity.

Technology Enablement:

  • Lead technology enablement for S&OP/S&OE, STO, Inventory Optimization and MRP/PPDS considering current and future needs.

Performance Metrics:

  • Define cross-functional metrics capturing process benefits and effectiveness.

  • Establish mechanisms to capture benefits obtained through the S&OP/S&OE process.

Minimum Qualifications

  • College degree in engineering/operations research, supply chain management, or business administration. Master's degree preferred.

  • SCM or project management certification is a plus.

  • Prior experience in process design, SCM, business strategy, and financial planning.

  • Industry-specific experience is beneficial.

  • Experience in managing multinational initiatives and leading diverse teams is essential.

Competencies and Skills:

  • In-depth understanding of strategic business goals, demand and supply planning, and relevant SAP technologies.

  • Moderate understanding of financial planning.

  • Proven experience in process definition, implementation, and change management.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively across all levels.

  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and negotiation skills.

  • Deep understanding of technology enablement and current tools.

We are partners to one another in pioneering new ways to be better for ourselves, our teams, and our communities. When you join Albemarle, you become our most essential element and you can anticipate competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and resources that foster your well-being and fuel your personal growth. Help us shape the future, build with purpose and grow together.

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