Supply Chain Manager - Goole, UK

Supply Chain Management


Guardian Glass is Guardian’s largest business and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, value-added and fabricated glass products and solutions. At our 25 float plants located around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications. 

The role

  • The candidate will lead supply chain management, according to the business strategies and to generate the highest value possible out of our two production facilities. He/she will coordinate Goole supply chain operations according to Guardian Europe S&OP strategy.
  • We are searching for the candidate to cover, and to coordinate, a quite large scope of operations. He/she will also manage, and coach, a team of several direct reports in Goole. The direct reporting will be done to Plant Manager Goole, with a dotted line to the Supply Chain Manager Europe.


Planning and Scheduling:

  • To implement and to monitor UK master planning in accordance with S&OP Strategy;
  • To cascade the master planning into schedule of production lines, raw material supply plan as well as shipping and warehousing capacities;
  • To optimize production sequencing based on customer demand and production lines capabilities to ensure best customer service and efficiency of the production lines;
  • To optimize float schedule of the two lines to ensure best float availability for fabrication lines (especially for the coater);
  • To optimize the schedule of Goole coater
  • To improve customer service, increase productivity and reduce obsolete product risk

Warehousing and Shipping:

  • To ensure safety in shipping and warehousing operations at any time;
  • To increase safety standard by constantly promoting safe behaviors, discipline and continuous improvement and by reporting continuously unsafe situations through incident report;
  • To implement plant warehousing strategies for raw materials, packaging and finished products. To adapt warehousing capabilities to market complexity and product mix in order to improve our customer service and increase our competitive advantage.
  • To execute shipping loading plan achieving highest service rate with the fewest possible resources. This must be driven by constant performance measurement, live information enabling all actors to follow the evolution of our shipping operations and by using lean manufacturing tool such as Visual Management SS, VSM and SMED to increase efficiency in our operations.
  • To supply Fab lines on time making sure we optimize internal glass flow focusing on increasing their output.

Transport Management:


  • To lead transport strategies to ensure best customer service at the lowest possible cost;
  • To optimize transportation routes maximizing trucks utilization (combi-tour) and optimizing weight by truck according to country regulation;
  • To use Intermodal transportation as soon as the occasion arise;
  • To manage carriers’ relations: negotiate contracts, allocate volume according to
  • available capacity and price by destination, raised claims and challenge carriers on their value propositions;
  • To ensure tracking and availabilities of frames and loading devices;
  • To optimize glass transport between plants according to fabrication lines needs and shipping and warehousing constraints;
  • To build loading plan according to shipping constraints ensuring highest service rate to customers.


  • To leverage maximum value for the Goole site by getting the best offers (price, quality and lead time) from our suppliers;
  • To ensure availabilities of material according to production planning;
  • To harmonize supplier base for both facilities according to price and plant requirements;
  • To monitor suppliers’ performances according to agreements;
  • To manage the procurement system administration.

Leadership skills are the key to be successful in this role. As a true leader, the candidate we are looking for must be able:

  • To ensure that the role and responsibilities of the organization in Goole are aligned with the Vision for Europe and help to define priorities towards this Vision;
  • To promote and to apply MBM principles on a daily basis;
  • To identify talents, put a specific focus on their development and make sure to retain them to generate the highest value for the organization;

Functional Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrable strong business and operations management skills — we are searching for candidates very strong in coordination and projects management; “connecting people together";
  • Supply Chain experience is required (preferably the mix between plant and corporate experiences, matrix organizations);
  • Demonstrable strong leadership and communication skills — “bringing people together” approach;
  • Change management culture and experiences are required — the candidate must be able to deal with ongoing transformation and entrepreneurial culture, based on trust and freedom, and focused on objectives and added value creation.


Requirements / Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor or Master degree;
  • Proven experience in a similar position; business and customer-focused;
  • Excellent organizational skills and a great sense of initiative;
  • Hands on and solution-oriented attitude;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Proven leadership and team management experience.

What do we have to offer?

Guardian companies are committed to offer a competitive compensation package and an opportunity for you to maximize your potential. We pride ourselves in promoting career opportunities in an open environment, which encourages individual development and gives you opportunities to expand your knowledge and work as part of a global team. We offer a unique professional experience in a culture based on integrity, compliance and value creation. If you are interested in finding out more about our culture, please visit us on our website: 




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