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VP Supply Chain Systems

Function: Technology
Location: Staples Corporate Center, Framingham, MA US
Date posted: 4/30/2018 2:37:50 PM
Type: Full-time
Permanent / Contract: Regular
Job number: 1042777
Position Summary:

The VP of Supply Chain Systems partners with both the business and technical teams to innovate and deliver new features and enhancements for Supply Chain systems, Robotics and the Order Management Systems (OMS) platform.  This position focuses on providing technology expertise and thought leadership on design, development, and support of business facing Supply Chain solutions. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for all activities and results of Supply Chain Systems and Applications, OMS and Legacy OMS. 
  • Thought leader in driving change to transform the applications and team, with a key focus on delivery and execution 
  • Direct the planning of short and long-term systems strategies for the area. 
  • Ensure that appropriate information technology is applied in solving business problems and that information system processes, technology and capabilities enable the business decisions.
  • Function as a consultant to the business on implications of emerging technologies. 
  • Responsible for plans to integrate system designs to meet changing business requirements. 
  • Accountable for retirement of legacy applications and reduction in total delivered cost
  • Ensure quality, scalability for all products delivered
  • Apply managerial and operational controls to maximize return on technology and personnel investments. As a member of the senior management leadership team, take part in operating decisions. 
  • Drive change across the Order Management & Supply Chain Systems organization with a focus on continuously improving technology delivery capability.
  • Foster an innovative environment where teams build future generation systems while ensuring stability of the current application ecosystem.
  • Ensure that performance standards are realistically set and attained.
  • Collaborate with multiple teams across Staples Robotics including Supply Chain Business teams, Engineering, and Logistics
  • Marshal the necessary resources (direct and indirect) across the organization to deliver on the systems commitments which enable the business.
  • Foster an effective organization with the growing capabilities and talents needed to deliver the plans of the organization.  Leverage industry best practices to fundamentally improve the value equation for delivery of IS capabilities.
  • Practice strategic and transformational leadership while actively molding culture.
  • Responsible for implementing, testing and optimizing advanced robotic systems 
  • Lead the for Integration and Test Engineering, New Product Program Management, Performance Analysis and Technical Relationship Management. This is a critical leadership role with significant visibility and impact. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required 
  • 15+ years of IT leadership experience with progressive scope and responsibility in deep software engineering, application development on a global scale
  • Strong knowledge of Order Management & Supply Chain Systems - including technical understanding of warehouse management, order fulfillment/management, transportation management and low-cost algorithm applications
  • Proven success leading large, diverse teams
  • Previous supply chain management and/or ecommerce preferred as it allows a broader understating of the full end to end life cycle of order management from initial order to delivery.  
  • Excellent listening ability to understand Staples short-term and long-term business needs, goals, and strategy.  
  • Demonstrated thought leadership and a high degree of broad technical expertise and credibility. 
  • Outstanding ability to influence senior executive leadership, executive peers, and other internal and external stakeholder groups, and communicate in a clear, concise and effective manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, as well as an ability to work with cross-functional teams. 
  • Unquestionable personal and business integrity and viewed as trustworthy both internally and externally. 
  • Strong track record of excellent decision-making abilities; ability to make decisions logically, methodically, and quickly (as appropriate). 
  • Demonstrated track record of hiring, leading and managing a high-performing enterprise architecture team. This includes demonstrated success in attracting highly sought-after talent. 
  • Demonstrated experience with the use data analytics and KPIs to drive improvements to the bottom line.
  • Experience with quarterly business reviews, reporting metrics as well as generating useful management and control reports.
  • Implementation experience with supply chain and process improvement 
  • 5+ years’ experience in the design of complex electro-mechanical products and equipment.
  • Detail oriented with strong organization skills, ownership, and follow through. Willingness to roll up sleeves and do what needs to get done to consistently deliver results

Preferred Competencies:

  • A good understanding of Information/Application security on premise and on-cloud Expert understanding of foundational architectural concepts and architecture frameworks and tools, defining and implementing enterprise information architecture and MDM solutions
  • 3+ years of hands-on technical experience and conceptualizing large scale data solutions, preferably using one or more of the following technologies --- Hadoop, Teradata, Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS), IBM Netezza, etc.
  • 3 years of experience in building and implementing an architecture roadmap for next generation enterprise data and analytics solutions
  • 3 years of experience in working with emerging big data technology vendors (e.g. Cloudera, Hortonworks, Datastax) 
  • Data Science or Analytics (machine learning, analytical models, etc.)
  • A good understanding of the architectural principals of web based platforms including SaaS / PaaS, multi-tenancy, multi-tiered infrastructure and application servers.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, problem solving and analytical capabilities with ability to synthesize large amounts of commercial business information and logically structure them into IT elements that build practical solutions.
  • The ideal candidate will possess a solid knowledge of manufacturing processes across the electro-mechanical space. 

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.


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