Great Western Leasing & Sales (GWLS) is a dynamic trailer sales, leasing, and rental company in significant growth mode. The company currently has operations in Fontana, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Grant’s Pass, Oregon; Houston, Texas; and Salt Lake City, Utah. GWLS is seeking expansion into other sites in its current footprint, as well as into other cities across the country.
GWLS currently seeks a well-qualified Director of Corporate Procurement, Supplier Management, and Parts Inventory Management to establish a new centralized procurement, supplier management and parts inventory function.
This role will be accountable for building and managing a new centralized corporate procurement, supplier management, and parts inventory management function. It will include, but not be limited to, creating and executing the company’s procurement strategy, as well as for designing and executing the demand planning and forecasting process, supply chain logistics, new product deployment process and the development and implementation of stocking optimization models to minimize costs and inventory levels while delivering on internal service level requirements.
Critical to the success of this role will be the ability to identify, build, and evolve best practices and transform the organization from one that has been locally driven to one that is led by a center of excellence. In regions where local requirements need to dominate for practical reasons, however, this role will apply knowledge and expertise to assist the local business units to execute on those local functions.
This role will also be an integral member of the company’s business transformation team, and will be responsible not only for creating and implementing business processes in this function, but also will assist in building processes across the business to enable the company to scale profitably and efficiently.
The person performing this role must be a strong leader, a great communicator and negotiator, must be data driven and technology savvy, must be an experienced and adroit people manager, and must possess a process-oriented analytical mind capable of solving tough challenges.
The ideal candidate will not only have procurement, supplier management, and inventory management experience, but will also have deep operational experience, senior management experience, and a demonstrated ability to execute.
This role is based in the company’s headquarters in Irvine, CA. It will require regular travel to all of the company’s locations. This role reports to the COO.
Essential Duties and Functions Include, but are Not Limited to:
This senior level role will be responsible for all activities required to build, operate, and lead a central procurement and parts inventory management function, including, but not limited to, the following:
Works collaboratively with the teams at all of the locations and, in particular, with the Director or Service, Repair, and Maintenance, to determine proper parts stocking levels and then coordinates and executes parts inventory purchases for GWLS’s multiple locations, including its parts counters.
Identifies and implements new opportunities for single location or multi-location procurement efficiencies.
Leads the efforts to drive material costs out of the supply chain according to plan targets, while receiving top quality service through successful relationships.
Identifies, implements, and continually improves internal and industry best practices across the function to meet or exceed industry standards in efficiency, utilization, profitability, and quality.
Develops and sustains processes—and reviews, aligns, and optimizes compensation schedules--that continually drive improved efficiency, profitability, utilization, and quality.
Builds and manages defined budgets and P&Ls as required
Reviews financial results on a regular basis to ensure that expense performance is, at a minimum, meeting strategic objectives. If objectives are not met, formulates plan and discusses methods of improvements.
Manages the function using technology and reporting tools.
Works collaboratively with all levels of the business to resolve problems, improve processes, achieve goals, and maximize productivity
Leads and manages cross-functional teams
Comfortable building, leading, and managing a team of direct and indirect reports over time as the company and function grows
Evaluates and integrates new acquisitions
Works collaboratively with the Senior Director of Business Transformation, Program Management, and M&A Integration to build cross-company business processes to enable the company to grow and scale profitably and efficiently.
A business degree (or equivalent) is preferred
Team player with positive, can-do attitude, excellent work ethic, and demonstrated ability to execute
Strong leadership and management capabilities
Highly skilled with technology, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Project, etc.) required
Highly analytical, but also with creativity to seek and execute non-traditional approaches
Experienced in collecting and analyzing data
Change management experience, and ability to take varying approaches with a dynamic set of stakeholders