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Director, Materials at Advanced Drainage Systems in Hilliard, Ohio

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Job Description:


Why ADS?

Although our products are typically underground and go unnoticed by most people, we come to work every day to provide society cleaner, more sustainable, longer lasting water management products that allow people to continue to live their lives comfortably and healthy.

ADS products prevent fields from eroding and homes from flooding. They keep crops growing, roads and airports in use and prevent contamination of local waterways. The work we do is highly valuable to society and vitally important to our environment, our planet, our health and our quality of life. Learn more here.

With a history of breaking new ground and advancing our industry, Advanced Drainage Systems seeks talented people looking to make an impact on a growing, dynamic company. Since our founding, we've built ADS into an industry leader thanks to the work of associates who recognize the vital importance of water management.

Living a healthy, well-balanced life with the ability to achieve success -- professionally, financially and emotionally -- is what ADS team members want for themselves, and what ADS wants for its team members.


Key Responsibilities:

The Director, Materials, is a highly visible position which will require the selected candidate to efficiently managing the purchase of raw materials for support of various Supply Chain initiatives. This role is responsible for developing sourcing strategy plans for raw materials which will include to co-lead product design initiatives, establish EOQs (Economical Order Quantity) for purchase, Quality Acceptance Criteria and Requirements, Price Negotiations including development and implementation of a Multi-Step Cost Savings Program as part of a long-term strategy. In addition to managing an assigned portfolio of Commodities, strong leadership skills are necessary as the Director will manage a team of Strategic and Tactical Procurement resources.

Specifically, this role will be responsible for:
  • Assists with the development of strategies related to use/purchase of virgin and alternate recycled materials
  • Monitors trends on virgin materials and the innovation of alternate recycled materials
  • Develops and deploys Strategic Sourcing Plans for the assigned raw material categories
  • Will implement practices and procedures consistent with the Company's Commodity Hedging policies, and these practices and procedures will be subject to review on an ongoing basis by the Price Risk Management Committee and designated committees for Diesel Fuel and Polymers
  • Leads and proactively engages in negotiating and establishing business unit contracts to accomplish cost savings projects and implement raw materials strategies
  • Provides guidance to Value Engineering (design-to-cost, manufacturability considerations, and logistics) projects to assure outcome achieves Best Commercial Terms.
  • Works closely with Technical and Supply Chain personnel to identify, qualify/ approve and establish new raw material suppliers, including virgin resin and alternate recycled materials.
  • Manages raw material supplier relationships
  • Develops cost/benefit analyses for new or revised materials to ensure positive impacts to the organization through key negotiations and other strategies with suppliers
  • Contributes as a key influencer in the qualification of alternative raw material sources
  • Cultivates constructive, working relationships with suppliers and global counterparts during the development of new materials or, as required, in the analysis and redesign of existing materials
  • Works closely with the internal customer base to define the business needs and associated requirements. Ensures that negotiated purchase costs, manufacturability and performance requirements of our raw materials meet the various business needs
  • Maintains close coordination with personnel from the supplier base, R&D/application labs, and manufacturing
  • Responsible for mentoring, trainings and development of the Strategic and Tactical Procurement resources. to accomplish Cost Savings and implement raw materials sourcing strategies

Year one critical sucess factors:
  • Quickly integrate into ADS and develop strong relationships with key company stakeholders and with the supply chain team worldwide
  • Integrate into and own key supplier relationships
  • Following the initial capability assessment, design and obtain alignment to a multi-year strategy and tactics to ensure the biggest operational impact and resources/changes required for effective execution

Professional Experience/Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be a proven procurement and business leader with public company (CPG-like organizations and converters) experience, polymer experience (HD PE & PP; commodity), and experience in a large decentralized, multi-site manufacturing organization.

The candidate will also have the following experience and competencies:

  • Demonstrated mastery of Procurement tools & Negotiation skills, including on the job buying experience
  • HD PP & PE experience including established network within polymer suppliers
  • Background in leading teams and developing talent
  • Development and utilization of metrics, KPIs, scorecards and dashboard concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to transform an organization's culture through change management, development of new processes and improvement of existing ones, and to drive outstanding team performance via goal setting and prioritization, substantiated by metrics and KPIs
  • Experience working with both large and small teams within a matrix reporting environment
  • Business financial assessment and related business case development
  • Track record of delivering significant bottom line impact through implementation of key strategies

Other Competencies:
  • Drive Innovation - has redefined operations to support growth through analysis and novel ideas and is experienced with managing and institutionalizing innovation and purchasing practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to enable results across functions, cultures and hierarchy.
  • Strong leadership, communication and influencing skills to drive results in a highly matrixed organization and impact at all levels of the organization.
  • Humble, pragmatic, ego-in-check but high levels of self-confidence in own capabilities.
  • An inspirational leader and team player who fosters a collaborative environment and develops a strong culture enabling high levels of morale and engagement, resulting in exemplary performance in efficiency and productivity.
  • A strategic thinker with vision combined with willingness and ability to 'roll up his/her sleeves' - able to make it happen in a fast-moving environment.
  • Ability to identify what matters most and prioritize as well as focus efforts of team appropriately.
  • Expert problem solver who uses data to drive informed decision making.


The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree; preferably in Business, Supply Chain management, related Operations discipline, or Engineering. An MBA or advanced degree is preferred.

C ompensation:

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. It will include a base salary and an annual performance bonus, and long-term incentives.

EEO Statement

Advanced Drainage Systems is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all qualilfied applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.