Supplier Quality Lead

  • Company: Monsanto Company
  • Location: Missouri, United States
  • Posted: November 08, 2017
  • Reference ID: 01MXS
Monsanto's Global Supply Chain Procurement organization is seeking a motivated and career driven Supplier Quality Leader to lead the global supplier quality management function across all regions (North America, South America, Europe/Middle East and Asia Africa) focused on continuous improvement, supplier and product quality assurance, driving supplier lead innovation, processes and activities aimed at mitigating risk and enabling optimal total cost of ownership for direct and indirect materials and services. The successful candidate will work within the Global Procurement organization to further develop a world class supplier management program which will include the identification, qualification, implementation, and continuous improvement of Monsanto's suppliers. The Individual selected will play a key role in enabling cultural change within the procurement organization. This position will report directly to the Global Procurement Center of Excellence Lead and will be in St. Louis, MO.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead a direct team of skilled professionals accountable for delivering collaborative results through full deployment and use of Supplier Quality Management tools and process on behalf of Category Management Teams
  • Create, communicate, and implement Monsanto's supplier quality performance vision, strategies, practices, and procedures across all business units
  • Work collaboratively with Category Teams to create customized and unique breakthrough solutions by formalizing the innovation life cycle from idea formation and evaluation to development, product creation and continuous quality improvement
  • Proactively understand what drives the requirements of the business, making it possible to reverse-engineer costs and explore potentially less expensive and/or higher-quality alternatives
  • Contribute to the development and execution of the Supplier and Commodity Qualification process
  • Responsible for commodity and service improvements aimed at reducing the total cost of ownership, reducing risk and introducing supplier lead innovation across direct and indirect materials and services
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of key performance indicators (KPIs); service level agreements (SLAs); specifications and measurement systems, including supplier scorecards focusing on cost, quality, delivery, customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement
  • Develop and implement Monsanto's supplier pre-qualification and integration process for new suppliers
  • Lead the organization towards supplier relationships with the objective of creating highest value and lowest total cost of ownership supply chains
  • Employ appropriate continuous improvement and risk mitigating tools including Six Sigma / Lean, assessments, category intelligence documents, sustainability measures on behalf of category team strategy
  • Support Category and Operations Teams to develop and implement supplier performance strategies to achieve stated business partner goals and objectives
  • Work closely with Category Management Teams to identify future sourcing opportunities globally 
  • Work with strategic sourcing leadership in partnering with key stakeholders to ensure supplier performance requirements are understood on behalf of the business
  • Support category management negotiations to achieve stated goals and objectives      
  • Collaborate effectively across organizational levels, functions, businesses, and geographies to maximize the impact a collaborative, teams-in-business centric procurement approach can take to reach company, customer and societal objectives
  • Develop creative approaches and frameworks for issues, and develop appropriate issue/work plans
Required Skills/Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in Quality Management, Manufacturing Management, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or related field required; Master's and/or MBA preferred
  • Successful 10+ year track record in a Global Quality, a quality function within a Procurement Organization, or equivalent manufacturing and/or quality process experience
  • Experience in and capable of articulating how the candidate lead(s) supplier quality, supplier performance and similar activity using a combination of the following tools: Lean / Six Sigma, supplier scorecards, assessments, on-time and in-full, NPS, perfect order, pre-qualification methodology, risk management and financial systems, sustainability and supplier diversity
  • Experience in managing teams and can demonstrate an ability to lead, support, and develop direct reports in both career and business goals globally
  • Can articulate how they inspire supplier lead innovation and deploy supplier risk mitigating actions
  • Demonstrates competency to the point that analytics, market intelligence and benchmarking are offered as a service to key stakeholders
  • Experience working within a matrixed organization with proven ability to utilize collaboration and partnerships to garner trust and achieve results
  • Adept in partnering; supplier quality; continuous improvement; cross-functional teaming; influencing and building consensus at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work effectively across global and business matrixes
  • Accomplished in change leadership
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Results orientation
  • Demonstrates candor; ability to respectfully challenge assumptions and surface underlying issues across all levels of the organization including senior leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others and navigate teams through ambiguity
  • Ability to manage rapidly moving projects while considering implications of the project on other stakeholders and the business
  • Ability to quickly draw insights and to design analysis from data
  • Comfort/familiarity with constructing presentations, organization communications, and business cases
  • Strong ability to build relationships and networks in the community and within the Monsanto organization across multiple functions and leadership levels
  • Strong detail orientation and cost reduction and process improvement focus
  • Outstanding strategic skills; ability to transform general goals in to actionable plans.
  • Visionary leader and critical thinker

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