Sunday, January 10, 2016

Director (Supply Chain) - Save the Children (Apply by: January 19, 2016)

TITLE: Director, Supply Chain
Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/ vetting process staff.
The purpose of the role is to lead the global supply chain function within Save the Children,to develop and deliver a new strategy.  The roleholder will be required to increase the capacity of supply chain operations ‘in-country’ and capability across the organization.  Upgrading our supply chain for emergency humanitarian responses, and realizing optimal value for money, have particular strategic importance.

This is a major change leadership challenge; reshaping a critical function of the organization impacting staff and management at all levels, within the function and outside.
Reports to: CFO

Staff reporting to this post: Direct line reports of 6 – 8.  A centrally located team covering planning, procurement and logistics.  Regional Heads of Logistics report to Regional Directors or Operations Directors, but will have a formal functional reporting line the Director Supply Chain.  Supply Chain leads in Save the Children Members will participate in anorganization wide leadership team that will be led by the Director, Supply Chain.

Budget Responsibilities: TBC

Role Dimensions: Working with senior stakeholders across the Save the Children movement at all levels and across functions including, Supply Chain, International Programs, HR and Finance.  Save the Children is a highly matrixed global organization with over 30 members; the majority of supply chain operations are carried out within SCI (supplier spend of circa $400m, c300 warehouse locations, c 15,000 SKU’s and 60+ country offices). 
  • Develop the strategy for supply chain (procurement, logistics, planning). Including operational process and organizational design, capacity building of people, systems and information that will meet strategic imperatives. 
  • Build a business case that sets out the costs and benefits, including savings targets and an implementation plan that can be tracked through to delivery
  • Engage with key stakeholders across the organization and build the necessary support to drive implementation of this strategy, which will be a part of a cross-functional business strategy to reduce cost, complexity and stress.  
  • Establish supply plans which will match demand, defining inventory levels and locations, agreeing, measuring and achieving supply chain service levels.
  • Define and deliver a planning function capable of understanding demand, creating effective supply plans, defining and setting inventory policy.
  • Develop and manage spend and savings targets, including the development of a sourcing pipeline and measurement of performance against targets.
  • Identify and develop supplier strategic partnerships to innovatively draw on the strength of private sector organizations.
  • Establish and manage internal senior client relationships, including at the board level. 
  • Influence senior stakeholders and ensure early engagement of procurement in the planning of spend.
  • Management of the global procurement and logistics teams, including recruitment, retention, training and the development of professional teams.
  • Create an environment of continuous learning where staff are encouraged and supported to grow and develop, and are willing to be held accountable for their commitments.
  • Define a new global supply chain operating model, integrating logistics and procurement. Inclusive of warehousing, transportation, planning, sourcing, risk management, supplier relationship management and supply chain systems.
  • Ensure global compliance to all applicable supply chain policies and guidelines, including interpretation of regulatory, legislative, ethical and sustainable agendas.
  • Ensure that donor requirements pertaining to supply chain activities are known, understood, and applied; that compliance can be demonstrated.


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently,
  • achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale. 
  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks. 
  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
Undergraduate degree / equivalent experience.
  • Proven senior leadership experience within supply chain functions in large, complex organizations.
  • An understanding of best practice with regards to Supply Chains in the commercial or not for profit sectors;familiar with best practice in planning, logistics and procurement operations at an international level.
  • Previous experience in developing and delivering a Supply Chain strategy      
  • Experience of leading functional development and large scale organizational change
  • A proven ability to forge consensus and drive action
  • Ability to build credibility quickly, and communicate with impact; demonstrable experience of influencing at Director and senior management level
  • Strong business acumen and the ability to make strategic decisions
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to build personal networks both inside the organization and out, resulting in new opportunities for the organization

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