Supply Chain Manager - Columbus Plant

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Nourish the world and your career as part of the Nutrition team at Abbott.

Our Nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands - including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® - to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.

  • The Supply Chain Manager is responsible for acting as a liaison between Division Production Planning, Purchasing, Marketing, Logistics and Manufacturing
  • This effort includes providing production scheduling, securing/purchasing raw materials, stockroom management, product customization, direct customer shipments and optimizing the plant's role in all supply chain initiatives
  • Effective management of production scheduling, inventory control, MRO purchasing, receiving and line support, raw material warehousing, stockroom, and the finished goods shipping and storage operations are key to efficient utilization of RPD's plant resources
  • In addition, this position is required to assist in setting the direction for the future growth and margin contribution of the Division Materials Management organization and to provide direction, management expertise and resources to satisfy customer requirements and delivery expectations
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance to GMP's and OSHA's regulatory requirements to assure quality products while setting up systems to prevent any violations of these requirements and guidelines. Responsible for ensuring /maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Responsible for providing a comprehensive system for recall or withdrawal of finished product which can account for every unit shipped
  • Directly responsible for the development and achievement of the Material Control and stockroom budgets, and assists in the development and achievement of the Freight and Distribution budget and in the effective management of transportation activities and budgets. Effectively manage the raw material monthly inventory budget to meet production demand while minimizing capital investment without incurring opportunity cost.
  • Develop and negotiate agreement and manage annual inventory plans which minimize capital investment, efficiently operate manufacturing facilities and facilitate optimal customer service
  • Coordinate the annual development of long range plans and provide strategic leadership to the department and Division
  • Source and manage the development, issuance and processing of all plant purchase orders while providing expertise in administering all corporate and Division purchasing policies. Provide order management for total raw material purchases.
  • Provide global customer service through accurate order processing, customization and timely delivery of finished products and services to Abbott international warehouses and affiliates
  • Provide expertise and interface with regulatory agencies, especially US Customs in interpretation of complex import/export issues
  • Negotiate timing of promotional plans to optimize production schedule. Effective utilization of the plant's human and capital resources through collaboration, communication, negotiation and efficient production planning and scheduling.
  • Responsible for leading Material Control and Inventory staff across a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operation. Ensure an environment conducive to fair and impartial employee relations and support diversity initiatives. Conducts performance reviews; develops growth plans; interprets implements and supports employee-related policies, procedures and programs. Assigns projects/tasks to direct staff. Assures compliance to all procedures and policies concerning all areas of quality, regulatory, safety and human resources for all departments.
  • Provide purchasing and receiving support to all plant departments. Assure that released commodities in the proper quantities are staged for production. Failure can result in product batch destruction.
  • Responsible for assuring that Quality Assurance directives regarding product's shipping status be effectively managed. Failure to comply with such directives can result in product recalls.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Logistics, Industrial Engineering, or a related field
  • 5 years or more of experience in Warehouse Management, Materials Management, Distribution, Inventory Management or equivalent roles, or a combination of these backgrounds
  • The position requires sound business skills and judgment
  • An understanding of Manufacturing, Accounting, Quality, Logistics, Customer Service and Materials Management principles and practices are needed to give effective direction to reporting departments and professional advice to colleagues and superiors
  • Analytical problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience in collaboration, communication, and negotiating skills

  • Master's Degree
  • APICS Certification


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:
  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority
  • Production areas that are clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled
  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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