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VP - Supply Chain

Detroit, MI, USA Req #302
Thursday, March 7, 2024


From our roots providing sand to local foundries in the 1880's, Opta has grown to an international group of companies committed to delivering optimal results for our customers. Opta's purpose is to be the leading supplier of performance solutions for metallurgical, value-added glass, and specialty chemical applications. We strive to be the leading provider of innovative steelmaking reagents, slag conditioners, and metal remediation materials consumed in the North American and European markets. We aim to be the market leader in steelmaking products through an unwavering focus on supporting our customers’ needs. We measure our success by our presence in a majority of steel mills throughout the world. Our vision is to expand our geographic reach and broaden into adjacent industries such as aluminum, copper, concrete, and glass. 


Accountability and Integrity in everything we do
  • PEOPLE: We will invest in our people with promoting Diversity and Inclusion for the success of our organization
  • CUSTOMERS: Committed to our customers to deliver Consistent Quality products, Solutions and Service
  • SAFETY: Providing employees a Safe environment in which to thrive
  • INNOVATION: Deliver outstanding performance through Continuous Improvement and Creativity
  • SUSTAINABILITY: Enhancing Sustainability by respecting and protecting the Environment in the communication where we live and work

Position Summary

Reporting to the NAM President, the Vice President of Supply Chain (VPSC) will have responsibility for procurement, logistics, inventory control, and support on planning and scheduling.   S/he will be responsible for: the development and communication of the supply chain in order to drive high customer service while optimizing inventory levels; oversee the supply chain budget and operating performance, along with key service, quality and cost metrics and focus on continuous improvement programs.; provide strategic cross-functional collaboration with Sales, Operations, Quality and Customer Service to ensure team alignment and execute strategic planning initiatives.


The VPSC must be highly “process driven” and continuously improve the supply chain and manage complex customer needs, as well as benchmark and work to understand similar environments in order to implement best practices to continue to transform Opta in a world class company.


Among responsibilities, s/he will be overseeing the inventory, distribution, and transportation activities of an organization, directing and overseeing the supply chain management team in order to optimize several manufacturing locations and potential distribution centers, and leading procurement efforts to efficiently and effectively enable NAM MS to maximize the value received from suppliers to meet its objectives.





  • Oversee Procurement, which will work with Planning and Scheduling to ensure the required raw products and materials needed by operations and labeling are available at the most cost-effective price to meet customer demand and quality standards
  • Maintain working knowledge of key markets, commodities and inputs, and establish indicator metrics to identify price movements
  • Develop strong relationships with key suppliers
  • Lead key contract/pricing negotiations
  • Identify strategic sourcing alliances


  • Oversees Logistics, which manages the flow of goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption in the most efficient and cost-effective manner to meet the requirements of the chain, mainly focusing on the customer.  This includes all inbound, intercompany, and outbound material movement
    • Inbound is responsible for coordinating the transfer of raw products and materials from suppliers to operations, where and when they are needed, for production and labeling
    • Intercompany is responsible for coordinating all in-house inventory movement, warehouse utilization and outside warehousing
    • Outbound is responsible for arranging and delivering desired quantity of finished goods to the customers on time
  • Oversees the transportation, which includes both owned and third part fleet
  • Identify the most efficient and cost-effective methods to move inventory throughout the supply chain
    • truck vs. rail, rail vs. barge, potential distribution center
  • Identify strategic alliances to meet our logistical needs
  • Manage and direct a team to oversee a logistics network: negotiating contracts with 3PLs, maximizing throughput, ensuring reliability, and with a focused attention toward optimized operating expenses and investment returns

Planning and Scheduling

  • Work with Commercial area to oversee the execution of the planning in a detailed schedule (MRP), work with demand planning and customer service to schedule production and labeling to meet customer requirements, as well as coordinate with procurement and logistics to supply the inputs required to meet the schedule
  • Oversee the inventory control, which will focus on improving our cash position by efficiently managing inventory, while still maintaining our high standards of customer service
  • Ensure every step of the process is functioning effectively to avoid costly delays and lost sales opportunities


  • Build a team of agile, “can do”, people with experience in multinational sourcing, managing third party logistics, forecasting demand, and ensuring quality
  • Launch, foster, and grow a culture within your team that’s entrepreneurial: relishes the unknown, a focus on rapid ideation and nimble execution—staying ahead of the competition, breaking paradigms, learning from mistakes, and requiring critical feedback.
  • Provide effective leadership, direction and coaching to direct and indirect reports including, but not limited to, delegating, staffing, performance appraisals, promotions, salary recommendations and terminations
  • Work alongside NAM MS leaders to develop the company’s business plan, including strategic sourcing and procurement, vendor management, materials management, logistics, and SOPs.
  • Establish a reliable network of manufacturing and logistics operating partners to ensure reliable and effective end-to-end supply chain execution of the company’s products in line with customers’ expectations for on-time delivery
  • Work collectively with the corporate finance team to create baseline budgets for all core departmental functions and function as the primary owner for overseeing monthly, quarterly, and annual results

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Lean Six Sigma/Continuous Improvement methodologies. Ability to critically think and be experienced in the use of problem solving and other 6 sigma tools
  • Strategic thinker with confidence and speed in execution
  • Ability to solve complex problems & to reach & implement solutions
  • Computer literacy (SAP, BW, MS Office, AX)
  • Strong communication and presentation skills to influence external & internal Stakeholders, often at senior levels
  • Knowledge of commercial contract language and structuring
  • High EH&S standards and proven experience with safety improvements
  • Excellent analytical and negotiation skills
  • Excellent verbal/communications skills


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s in Procurement, Business, Sales or Marketing, or Chemical engineering with strong commercial affinity
  • MBA preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Procurement &/or Supply Chain/Logistics roles, ideally within the chemical/process or allied industries, with recent experience in a materially similar, senior level position
  • 5+ years of people leadership experience (10+ person organization) with hands-on and strategic management of objectives


Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to access and navigate the production facility


Opta offers a diverse compensation and benefit package that includes the following: 
  • Extended Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Benefits
  • Health Savings Account
  • Life, AD&D, and Dependent Life Insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Professional Development
  • Paid Time Off 
  • 401(k) Match
  • Competitive Compensation Program
  • On Demand Pay (Dayforce Wallet)
We thank everyone for applying however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

he above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Opta USA, an Opta Group Company, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers employment opportunities to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age (40-70), national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability (except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement).

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $160,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $175,000.00
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  • Detroit, MI, USA