Global Head of Supply Chain
Roy C. Hitchman AG
Bern, Switzerland
vor 7 Tg.

Our Client, a company in the Specialty Chemical business is headquartered in the Basle/Switzerland area, and is the only company of its size exclusively focused on solutions for leather manufacturing. The company’s business activities consist of the development, production and marketing of specialty chemicals such as tanning agents and dyestuffs, with which their customers, the tanneries, create leather. In addition, they support their customers and their business partners with tailor-made solutions for the whole leather manufacturing process – from beamhouse through to finishing.

In 14 countries with 16 subsidiaries on three continents, over 900 employees work for the company, making it one of the top leather chemicals companies in the world. The company has an active presence in 90 countries aided by the activities of numerous agents and distributors.



The Position


Department: Operations
Functional Manager: Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Place of work: either Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, UK


Position Purpose:


Reporting to the COO, the Global Head of Supply Chain is responsible for the effective planning of product supply and the warehousing and delivery activities of finished goods to ensure customers receive a suitable service level at optimal cost.


The jobholder leads the Supply Chain teams on sites, the global Sales Inventory and Operations Planning (SIOP) team and the global logistics activities. He or she coordinates with Procurement, Manufacturing, R&D and Business colleagues to deliver continual improvements to the cost of product supply and the customer service level.


Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities:



  • Lead Supply Chain annual planning & budgeting

  • Manage and improve overall supply chain processes

  • Supply and Inventory Management

  • Lead the Implementation of Improved SIOP Processes across the company

  • Value Delivery – cost down

  • Organizational development



  • Profile of Ideal Candidate (m/f)


    Education/Qualifications:



  • A technical or commercial degree (Degree in Business/Procurement or Logistics)



  • Experience, Skills, Knowledge:



  • Minimum of 5 - 10 years of technical experience plus 5 - 10 years of progressive commercial experience or 15 years minimum progressive commercial experience in a related role in the chemical industry

  • Strong financial management experience and communication skills required

  • International management experience preferred

  • Familiarity with SAP is required

  • Language requirements: English (and preferably at least one other relevant language)


  • The Global Head of Supply Chain manages directly 2 FTE at the Headquarters in the Basle/Switzerland area and an additional 5 FTEs in other countries. Indirectly he manages 94 FTEs.
    The most important decisions (final approval) that this position takes are the following:



  • Warehouses

  • Logistics suppliers

  • Supply sources

  • Supply plan

  • Supply Chain performance (OTIF, inventory)


  • The success of the role depends critically on understanding and optimizing product flows in the company network based on strong underlying processes and an accurate SIOP process. The job holder has to work closely with manufacturing and business functions to maximise the opportunity and benefit to the company.

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