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Associate Manager of Supplier Operations

Racine, Wisconsin Job ID 10674

Job Details:

Responsible for the leadership and end to end performance management of the assigned Contract Manufacturing (CM) portfolio. The scope of this role includes CM selection, onboarding (start-up and qualification), ongoing relationship and performance management (SRM), New Product Commercialization and Value Creation initiatives. This position requires strong personal initiative to identify opportunities and achieve business goals.

Primary Accountabilities:

Develop and execute strategies for assigned relationships/portfolio that ensure delivery of business objectives including Safety/Health/Environment, Quality, Customer Service, Cost, and Cash.  Establish, qualify and manage a CM supplier base for assigned portfolio that meets SCJ performance requirements leveraging the overall SCJ supply chain matrix.

Scope includes:

  • Matrix Leadership: Ensures seamless interface between SCJ functions and assigned CM’s to meet business objectives.
  • Sourcing: Support CM sourcing working closely with CM procurement in identifying CM’s to support SCJ business objectives and in contract negotiations to ensure commercial agreements deliver capability, capacity, and performance requirements.
  • Selection: Determine leadership and technical capability, manufacturing feasibility, capacity, and estimated cost to support/influence make / buy decision. Lead CM selection with CM Manager for assigned portfolio or projects.
  • Start-up and Commercialization: Lead start-up, commercialization and business onboarding process of new Contract Manufacturers.
  • Relationship Management and Performance: Lead Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) process for assigned relationships to deliver the required capability, capacity, flexibility and performance to meet SCJ business objectives.
  • Initiative Delivery: Deliver CM scope of New Product and Value Creation project demand across assigned network. Manage work streams associated with the delivery of required capability and capacity and start-up/commercialization.
  • Represent Contract Manufacturing in Regional Supply & Operation Planning Process to escalate long term capacity issues

Required Skills and Education:


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Product Supply (i.e. contract manufacturing, procurement, engineering, planning, quality, and/or logistics)
  • Previous experience with direct manufacturing leadership preferred.
  • Leadership, sound judgment, and solid technical problem solving skills are essential.
  • Proven track record of achieving results in a cross functional environment.
  • Strong knowledge of production/process technologies like Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen, OEE, TPM etc.
  • Project Management and/or New Product Commercialization Experience
  • Strong understanding of Total Cost of Ownership and how trade off decisions impact delivered cost. This requires sound understanding of cost drivers in supply chain management.


  • Courage
  • Self-Development
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Drive for Results
  • Decision Quality
  • Business Acumen
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Priority Setting


  • BS degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, Business, or relevant field
  • MBA preferred

SC Johnson & Son, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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