Dexter Axle

  • Director of Supply Chain

    Location US-IN-Albion
    Posted Date 1 week ago(1/9/2019 7:45 PM)
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  • Overview

    Dexter, the premier supplier and manufacturer of axles, doors, venting products and related components in the utility trailer, boat trailer, recreational vehicle, heavy duty and manufactured housing markets, has an opportunity for a Director of Supply Chain at our multi-plant manufacturing facility located in Albion, Indiana.


    Dexter has been a leading manufacturer of trailer axles, brakes and actuation, along with entrance door and venting products for over 50 years serving the utility trailer, recreational vehicle, heavy duty, manufactured housing, agricultural, marine, and specialty markets. Dexter is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana employing over 2,800 people and operating 18 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada (Indiana, Georgia, Oklahoma, California, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Utah, Ontario, and Alberta). Dexter has achieved its many years of success through a commitment to the principles of superior quality, continuous improvement, and unparalleled customer service. Dexter is a wholly owned subsidiary of DexKo Global, Inc.


    For more information about our company, access Dexter's web site at


    Dexter offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Dexter’s benefits package includes Health, Dental, Vision, Life, STD, LTD, FSA, HSA, and 401(k) Plan with company contributions.

    Position Summary


    Develops Albion’s supply chain strategic direction and goals, ensuring alignment with Plant and Corporate strategic objectives. Monitors the adequacy of action plans to meet objectives, monitors performance toward achieving key performance indicators, and ensures alignment. This role will cover a 5 building site in Albion, IN as well as a nearby distribution center. Albion is the nucleus of Dexter Axle and it is incredibly important that we create a robust supply chain from inbound materials, put away of inventory, line side inventory management, flow of raw materials within buildings and to the down stream buildings, finished goods inventory management, and the flow of components to internal sister plants and our customers. High quality and on time delivery to our customers and internal plants with an optimized level of inventory will be critical areas of focus.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    Manages demand planning and forecasting for production scheduling to ensure an uninterrupted supply of customer products and to maximize efficient operations and production.


    Optimizes logistics flow from offshore parts to Albion campus to the distribution center to our internal plants and our customers.

    Audits operational procedures and programs to identify and implement improvements in product availability, storage optimization, receiving and shipping, and inventory accuracy, resulting in increased efficiencies and productivity.


    Manages inventory purchasing strategies to achieve turn targets.


    Develops, implements and/or influences best practices in the disciplines of forecasting, supply chain management, inventory management, production planning, logistics management and sourcing from multiple sources.


    Develops and leads continuous improvement opportunities across the internal / external logistics network.


    Champions the expanded use of technology and lean principles to improve planning, decision making, and execution.  Supports the use of the ERP system for inventory management principles.


    Partners closely with the Supply Chain leadership team to execute various strategic initiatives.

    Manages and prepares company inventory relating to records, tracking of materials, changing business activity, quality of materials and stocking levels. Works closely with procurement to ensure reorder processes and timely delivery of materials are in place.


    Administers the development and implementation of an aggressive inventory reduction program limiting the plants exposure to excess inventory cost. Adjust inventory levels associated with any backlog production.


    Develops scheduling to establish sequence and lead times of manufacturing operations.


    Manages material planning activity to ensure timely delivery of material to support production operations.


    Design and implement VMI’s, Kanban, for optimal inventory and delivery performance.


    Coordinates with Quality Assurance to resolve supplier quality issues.


    Maintains proactive shortage identification and management - helps flag root causes & corrective actions.


    Expedites deliveries to meet and exceed scheduled critical requirements.


    Analyzes material and capacity availability to provide customer promise dates for sales orders.


    Maintains item master lead time information based upon process improvements, current constraints, total current demand by product, and priority information.


    Interfaces with required functional groups to resolve challenging delivery requirements.


    Communicates forecasts and replenishment plans to supplier.


    Reviews open requirements, monitors vendor performance and expediting where necessary.


    Communicates and coordinates effectively with employees, vendors and customers verbally and in writing.


    Sets strategic direction and goal attainment.


    Understand P&L and Balance Sheet impacts from operational decisions made to information and physical product flow.


    Performs other tasks or duties as assigned.



    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.


    Education and/or Experience

    Requires Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Materials Management or a comparable discipline and at least 12+ years related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA preferred


    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

    APICS Certification in supply chain management is preferred (CPIM).


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