Continuous Improvement Manager (Inventory and S&OP)

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Created moment:
October 5, 2021
Job reference:
REQ - 03854

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Continuous Improvement Manager (Inventory and S&OP)

Job Summary


- Drive process improvement for Operational planning (1 week to 2 months) & Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) (2 to 18 months) and long range Planning (1,5 to 5 years)

- Monitor  and reports inventory levels, key interface with the Finance & Operations


- Acts as Project leader to improve Operational planning, S&OP process & Long range Planning

  • Optimize the process for all time horizons (stakeholders, routines, data collection, reports, meetings contents and deliverables)

  • Drive process change using staff interviews, document analysis, workshops, surveys, site visits, workflow analysis

  • Leads the pilots for all these processes

  • After pilot phase, organise general roll-out across the business area Performance Minerals EMEA (PM EMEA)

- In charge of the training of the stakeholders

  • Improve Otif and customer satisfaction by having efficient processes

  • In charge of inventory management improvement

  • Optimize inventory levels (recommendations) in order to avoid supply issues/increased working capital; be proactive and make sure we do have appropriate safety/strategic stock in the central warehouses/sites. 

  • Represent the business area PM EMEA (Business) Planning team within Key Projects related to inventory related topics, e.g: inventory year end target with finance,...

  • Help prepare yearly  budgets linked to  inventory topics (from a volume standpoint) 

-Act as a continuous improvement leader for S&OP team

  • Responsible for the change management linked to process development

  • Lead and facilitate process improvements based workshops to drive ideas and solutions

  • Represent the Global (Business) planning team within Key Projects related to S&OP & inventory management


- Ensure compliance of Inventory Governance with company policies & best practices

- Balance Customers satisfaction and Inventory level / Working Capital management (yearly horizon of time)

- Ensure that the  right inventory management skills exists in all sites. 

- Make sure S&OP, Operational Planning and Long range planning processes are robust and well integrated with other business  processes

- Create and follow-up KPI’s to continuously improve customer satisfaction & inventory management 

Title & position in the organization


  • Title : Continuous Improvement  Manager (Inventory and S&OP)

  • Reporting to : Business Planning Director

  • Direct reports : none

  • Location: Europe, Performance Minerals EMEA site or office 

Competencies & Experience

Key competencies 

- Good understanding of the overall supply chain & knowledge of S&OP process

- Analytical mindset, KPI and Result Driven

- Inventory management knowledge with a good awareness about customer satisfaction & finance impact

- Excel/Google sheet strong knowledge

- Ability to learn fast within a complex environment

- Project management skills

- Ability to influence others at all level of the organization

- Stress resistant, be able to prioritize (organization, time management)

- Excellent communicator 

- Problem solving abilities

- Ability to lead organizational change

- Capable of challenging ideas and providing feedback in a constructive way

- Strong Team Player

Ideal background/ experience

- Master in Supply chain or Engineering degree with specialization in Supply Chain

- Minimum 3 years minimum of experience in Supply Chain with past proven experience in S&OP or project management  activities linked with Operations / Supply Chain

- Fluent in English, French is a plus

Typical profile

- Former  supply chain or inventory manager

- Former S&OP manager

- Former project manager

- Former Continuous Improvement manager

Position Type

Full time



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