The RequirementsTo meet the basic requirement for the Director, Supply Chain opportunity, you must have legal authorization to work for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. To be a strong fit for the role, you will also need:
- A bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Supply Chain Management or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience; master's degree preferred.
- 8+ years of management experience including demonstrated success mentoring and developing team members
- 8-10+ years of procurement experience in the fuel, distributed services, retail or other relevant industry.
- An outstanding operational and logistics background.
- Excellent inventory management skills.
- Ability to develop/improve and implement supply chain policies and procedures.
- Strong computer skills, including:
- MS Office Suite applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
- Experience with ERP system(s); Microsoft Dynamics 365 preferred.
- A valid driver's license and clean, insurable driving record to drive a company vehicle between sites.
- A strategic mindset combined with outstanding planning and tactical execution skills and a drive for efficiency.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills combined with a calm, professional demeanor.
- Ability to collaborate cross-functionally.
- Negotiation and influencing skills.
- ISM CPM or other purchasing/supply chain management certification is a plus.
Qualified candidates are required to pass a background check.
The RoleReporting to the Vice President of Operations, as Director, Supply Chain, you will assume leadership of all procurement and sourcing functions supporting Engineering, Operations and Manufacturing throughout the U.S. and Canada. We have a solid strategy in place, which you can leverage and improve as you work to optimize efficiencies in areas such as vendor consolidation, costs and warranty, inventory management, contract management, logistics and more.
In the past, rapidly building fueling stations supporting our clients and the natural gas highway has been the heaviest focus. While we will continue to support construction as needed, the pace has slowed and the crux of this role has become more operational. You'll look for ways to create and improve supply chain and inventory efficiencies in support of 570+ unique fueling stations, 150+ fully stocked trucks, locations in California, including Newport Beach and Carson where you will spend the majority of your time, Canada, Texas, Tennessee and our subsidiary, Clean Energy Cryogenics, in Wyoming. Of course, you'll direct a strong team that will help you meet your goals, including a manager of distribution, senior purchasing specialist, an analyst and other procurement professionals. A collaborative approach and your ability to mentor and guide your team will be essential.
Specifically, you will:
- Improve and execute North American procurement and sourcing strategies and capabilities at or above industry standards.
- Directly manage and mentor a procurement/supply chain team of 8-10 including manager, specialist and coordinator levels; indirectly manage their direct reports.
- Standardize purchasing infrastructure components such as agreement templates, contracts, and subcontract management systems, policies and procedures, as needed.
- Develop operational efficiency strategies including operations and supply chain integration, vendor consolidation and RFPs.
- Nurture the bench strength of a centralized purchasing/sourcing department for the US and Canada.
- Establish and adhere to standards of business conduct and integrity consistent with the Company’s code of conduct, applicable to all vendors with whom Company does business.
- Be responsible for the department budget, forecasting, as well as cost analysis and reduction.
- Optimize a centralized purchasing system; with a keen focus on optimization of total landed cost.
- Train, develop and propagate a Continuous Improvement (CI) culture within the function and the company. Lead projects focusing on process efficiency and effective controls using the tools of Lean, Six Sigma and others as appropriate.
- Collaborate proactively with Engineering, Operations, and Manufacturing to develop solid specifications for strategically sourced materials.
- Ensure all regulatory and compliance measures and requirements are met in according to applicable guidelines.
- Coordinate material supply and delivery systems to ensure high levels of customer service, while optimizing inventories and cost to enable provision of superior quality, reduced cycle times and meeting or exceeding order delivery goals.
- Collaborate with Supply Chain Manager to improve demand planning and inventory control processes, purchasing and distribution activities of the organization.
- Oversee large vendor and other projects, such as the upcoming implementation of our new ERP, Microsoft Dynamics 365.
- Collaborate to design and implement an online parts procurement portal.
Pictured: trucks powered by natural gas are traveling the country on America's Natural Gas Highway®, our network of truck fueling stations on Interstate Highways connecting major metropolitan areas coast-to-coast and border-to-border.
What's in It for YouImpact and Opportunity
While procurement is strong, you'll still have ample opportunity to make your mark and influence the success or the procurement organization over the long haul. In other words, as you drive efficiencies, you will enjoy immediate wins and employ a long-range strategy. While this role could keep you challenged and happy for years to come, in our growing and evolving organization, you can continue to advance your career.
You will touch a multitude of divisions across the organization and enjoy wide visibility.
Green Standard for Sustainability
You probably already knew that natural gas burns much more cleanly than gasoline and diesel, producing significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. But did you also know that natural gas is increasingly renewable, using biomethane reclaimed from landfill via waste-to-energy solutions? Clean Energy is helping companies and public organizations meet aggressive environmental goals.
Proven Strong Leadership
You will join a team of accomplished, seasoned professionals at Clean Energy, led by Andrew Littlefair. Mr. Littlefair served as President of Pickens Fuel Corp (PFC), predecessor company of Clean Energy, which he co-founded in 1997 with Boone Pickens and was Staff Assistant to then President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Presidential Advance from 1983 to 1987.
Clean Energy has the right solutions at the right time, as more and more organizations are exploring alternative fuel vehicles and solutions. For instance, in October 2016 we opened a new state-of-the-art CNG station, in partnership with FedEx, in Oklahoma City. The station that will allow over 100 FedEx Freight Class 8 trucks (big-rigs) to use the convenience of fast-fueling as well as money-saving time-fueling.
In addition to a competitive salary and bonus opportunity, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and other insurances, a 401(k) plan with discretionary company match, paid time off and more.
Keys to SuccessTo excel in this role, you will be passionate about continuous improvement and well versed in identifying efficiencies and improvements to procedures, systems and more. You should be a strategic thinker, but also be practical about the changes you’re implementing, only implementing those that add value and deliver a return.
Naturally, you’ll need the full complement of operations, procurement and logistics knowledge, but your leadership skill will be equally important. The team is a nice mix of seasoned professionals and those newer in their roles, so you must be able to balance your mentorship and management skills to develop individual team members while ensuring they are challenged and productive. Likewise, you’ll be a strong collaborative team player when interacting with your peers. Ours is a busy, fast-moving, high-energy environment with a lot happening. That said, we are seeking a leader with a calm disposition and the ability to effectively manage issues within that environment, without elevating stress levels.
About Clean EnergyTaking the Lead in Clean-air Transportation
Clean Energy has a broad customer base in the solid waste, transit, ports, shuttle, taxi, trucking, airport and municipal fleet markets. We have the most experience in inventing and manufacturing today's natural gas technologies. We develop, manufacture, supply, install and service the equipment at natural gas stations across North America.
Clean Energy owns and operates LNG plants and renewable processing facilities, producing CNG, LNG and Redeem (RNG) fuels for our own stations and our clients' stations. Our network of over 550 LNG and CNG fueling stations ensures fleets are powered for both short routes across town and long hauls across North America. Our stations are fueling service vehicles at 37+ major airports, and our strategically located truck-friendly CNG and LNG fueling stations, the network we call America's Natural Gas Highway™, are designed to keep heavy duty fleets fueled up and on the road.
The Clean Energy vision extends beyond servicing the high fuel-use requirements of fleet operators. We are committed to helping businesses access the measurable advantages of clean-fuel solutions. Simultaneously, we are committed to protecting our environment as the leader in clean-air transportation. Clean Energy has proven that business and environmental goals can indeed find common ground, with mutually profitable results. Our vision and efforts have received recognition and awards from business and environmental organizations alike.