Job title: Head of Supply Chain Management
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
Expertise: Supply Chain Management
Salary type: Annual
Salary: negotiable
Location: Switzerland
Job published: 2023-05-19
Job ID: 32450
Contact name: Jamaine Geva
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Job Description

Alcott Global is partnering with a life sciences company to search for a Head of Supply Chain Management. The role is based in Switzerland.

The Role
You are fully responsible for the global end to end supply chain of the fast growing life sciences company, building and growing an effective global supply chain network across B2B and B2C channels, delivering operational excellence and continuing to support the development of value creating capabilities. You will ensure that the Supply Chain continues to support the evolution of the marketplace and responds to the changing consumer journey to deliver the brand volume projections. 

Your Responsibilities

  • Network Design and Expansion: Assess the existing global supply chain network and identify opportunities for expansion and optimization, with strong focus in the US and Europe. 
  • Procurement and Supplier Management: Oversee procurement activities, including supplier selection, negotiation, and contract management. 
  • Demand Planning and Forecasting: Collaborate with sales and marketing teams to develop accurate demand plans for the professional channel in the United States and Europe. Implement robust forecasting models, considering market trends, customer requirements, and seasonality. 
  • Inventory Management: Implement effective inventory management practices for the professional channel, balancing product availability, cost optimization, and obsolescence risk. Establish inventory targets, monitor stock levels, and implement measures to minimize stockouts and excess inventory.
  • Logistics and Distribution: Optimize logistics and distribution processes to ensure efficient and timely delivery of products to professional customers. Collaborate with logistics partners to develop transportation strategies, manage customs compliance, and streamline last-mile delivery. Monitor and improve key performance metrics such as on-time delivery, fill rate, and order accuracy.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements in the United States and Europe for the professional channel. Stay updated on relevant regulations and implement appropriate processes and documentation to maintain compliance throughout the supply chain.
  • Process Optimization: Continuously assess and improve supply chain processes, identifying opportunities for automation, digitization, and optimization. 
  • Team Leadership: Build and lead a high-performing global supply chain team, fostering a collaborative and innovative work environment. Provide guidance, coaching, and support to team members. Promote professional development and ensure effective cross-functional collaboration with sales, marketing, and regulatory affairs teams.

Your Profile

  • Degree in Business Management or relevant field
  • 15+ years of experience in global supply chain management: procurement, demand planning, inventory management, logistics, and distribution; experience in the US and European markets
  • 5+ years’ experience in the medical devices and consumer health sector; experience in consumer health is a big plus
  • Solid understanding of regulatory requirements and quality standards; familiarity with FDA regulations and compliance for medical devices or dental care products in the United States; knowledge of European regulatory requirements
  • Strong knowledge of supply chain principles, practices and process
  • Effective leadership abilities and experience managing teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.

Personal Competencies

  • Entrepreneurial mindset 
  • Strategic thinking 
  • Hands-on attitude
  • Executing for results
  • Low ego, team-oriented
  • Scaling organizations 
  • Building relationships and using influence