Supply Chain Manager

Job location:
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
Created moment:
April 29, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 05822

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

Supply Chain Manager

Job Summary

The Company:

Imerys is a world leader in mineral-based specialties, offering high value-added solutions to many different industries, ranging from process manufacturing to consumer goods.

The Position

Supply Chain Manager


Norfolk, VA

Job Summary

Based at our manufacturing plant in Norfolk, VA, Imerys is hiring a Supply Chain Manager to lead the Logistics and customer service group. The purpose of this role is to provide an effective distribution network to manufacture and deliver our products to our customers by managing the supply chain environment within the Company, including customer service, transportation, warehouse & bulk terminals, railcar planning, inventory planning, control and distribution, order entry, invoicing, toll blending operations and global activities monitoring through KPIs’ population and communication.


  • Order to cash process: Manage customer services and logistics services activities: support to sales team and assist in customer strategy development, order collection, order confirmation based on stocks / transport / loading resources availability, loading and delivery process, and invoicing.

  • Planning/ stocks management: Ensure the right balance between demand and stock while optimizing corresponding logistics costs. Ensure that inventory levels meet stock targets in order to secure service level and respect WCR targets. Manage and control the freight budget for inbound and outbound transportation, external warehouses and bulk transfer facilities for product distribution, and leased railcar management. Determine and implement optimal supply chain solutions. Serve as the liaison with the Sales group for sales forecasts. Coordinate imports for resale finished goods. Is accountable for KPIs consolidation, analysis and communication such as backlogs, on time service, dispatches, invoicing and customer complaints.

  • Logistics provider: Manage functional supervision of logistics providers (carriers, warehousing/bulk terminals activity, leased railcars). Ensure that they comply with contracted conditions and meet hence expected service level. Manage corrective actions and continuous improvement actions. Determine and recommend new locations and negotiate rates for storage in public warehouses. Provides SC expertise to Sales teams (accurate rates communication, incoterms, transport organization or local rules, customs rules).

  • Transport Cost: Control warehousing supply chain costs and transport extra-costs for the zone. Joint negotiations with Imerys US Purchasing for freight rates for rail, barge and ocean container freight review and approve freight contracts for truck and intermodal transportation. Actively participate in the RAC Freight P&L control and monitoring through the supervision of the RAC Americas SC Manager (control of inland transportation costs, challenge of the Category manager, escalation to the RAC Americas SC manager for support). Determine optimal rail car fleet requirements based on sales and raw materials demands; recommends to the commercial team the requirements and coordinates with Imerys Central Purchasing the requirements and jointly works to secure leased rail cars to support current and future sales.

  • Projects: Perform Supply Chain analysis and develop new Logistics schemes depending on the market needs. Lead or participate in transversal RAC Americas projects, in collaboration with the other local Supply chain managers and following the Roadmap.


  • Successful US-based candidates must be fully Covid-19 vaccinated before the employment start date unless exempted by applicable law.

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business and/or Supply Chain Management.

  • Minimum of 10 years experience working in Supply Chain functions to include transportation, raw material and finished product management, distribution, logistics, imports/exports and customer service.

  • Certified in CPSM preferred

Position Type

Full time



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