Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Planning (AWM) – Smith & Nephew – Hull

  • Hull

Smith & Nephew

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Senior Director, Global Supply Chain (Advanced Wound Management)


Hull, United Kingdom


Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits on offer.


Responsible for developing global supply strategies and managing overall performance of the Advanced Wound supply chain to meet current and future customer demand, while aligning strategies and tactical activities with overall business strategies of the company. Objectives include providing high levels of customer service by managing supply to mitigate risks across the global product portfolio. This position will manage and support creation of the execution path to fulfil the business plan and enable commercial business units to meet financial targets. Incumbent will be responsible for recruiting, training and managing a staff of supply planners and inventory analysts supporting these objectives.

Essential Job Functions

Create value by developing and delivering global supply strategies that meet the needs of customers and business objectives within each commercial business unit

Ensure alignment of end-to-end supply chain strategies that meet the needs of customers in each business unit and work collaboratively with others in the supply chain to align overall strategies for optimal business results as measured by customer service and inventory levels

Facilitate supply chain alignment to current and future customer requirements through detailed knowledge of current and emerging market and business trends

Direct development of executable company-wide build plan to meet business unit product forecasts

Supervise master production schedule development for all manufactured items globally

Direct the development of supply plans that support business objectives for purchased finished goods

Optimize global finished goods inventory levels utilizing statistical inventory techniques to develop target inventory levels for global finished goods inventories that maximize customer service levels and minimize total cost

Continuously improve supply management processes using consistent tools and processes along with customer feedback to develop and maintain efficient supply planning practices

Provide leadership and direction to project teams developing new products, markets, processes and capabilities impacting finished goods supply

Enable business unit success across the product life cycle, driving advantage in new product introduction through product end of life

Establish, maintain and develop a high performing team of supply management professionals, including recruiting, training, performance feedback, succession planning and coaching

Ensure market and financial competitiveness aligned to company strategic objectives through metrics driven benchmarking and business performance plans

Identify and deliver supply chain optimization initiatives that achieve objectives and maintain supply chain services to agreed service levels

Establish KPI’s and communicate progress and value to key stakeholders

Meet operational budget commitments and metrics

Work with IT and Finance to enable the systematic improvement of software to streamline and standardize material and production planning functions.

Deploy systems and tools to lower cost and increase supply chain effectiveness

Perform all activities in compliance with relevant GMP and Quality Systems standards and specifically with FDA Quality System Regulation and ISO13485

Apply high standards of occupational Health & Safety in the workplace to comply with company policy and procedures

Manage and take responsibility for professional development to increase personal contribution to the business.


Education: BS Supply Chain or related field; MBA preferred

Licenses/ Certifications: Not Required; APIC/Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma/Advanced Leadership Training desired.

Experience: 10+ years of experience in Supply Chain, Production Planning, Buying /

Planning and Procurement to include experience with Supply Collaboration platforms (e.g. E2Open/Kinaxis/Steelwedge).

About Us

Smith+Nephew is a portfolio medical technology business that exists to restore people’s bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. We call this purpose ‘Life Unlimited’. Our 17,500+ employees deliver this mission every day, making a difference to patients’ lives through the excellence of our product portfolio, and the invention and application of new technologies across our three global franchises of Orthopaedics, Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT. Founded in Hull, UK, in 1856, we now operate in more than 100 countries. Smith+Nephew is a constituent of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN).


If you share our passion for pioneering innovation and can demonstrate how you meet the criteria outlined, we would love to hear from you.   

We continue to actively build an environment where every individual can fulfil their potential and be proud ambassadors for Smith & Nephew, our customers and their patients.   We value the diversity of our people and welcome applications from everyone.

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