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American Water Supply Chain/Inventory Specialist in Charleston, West Virginia

American Water is purpose-driven, people-powered, customer-obsessed and the trusted source *of everything *water. Our employees in West Virginia go to work every day knowing they have an impact on the environment and people’s lives. The Supply Chain/Inventory Specialist will work across all departments at WV American Water to ensure we have the right tools and assets in place to Keep Life Flowing for our customers every day. The ideal candidate should has good organizational skills, be able to analyze data, find best practices, work across various departments, and be process improvement-minded. Visit American Water Careers to review all of the amazing opportunities we have to offer.

  • Primary Role*

Responsible for managing and ensuring the integrity of all facets of Facilities, Fleet, and Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) programs to provide efficient, effective and standardized services supporting business priorities for the state.

  • Key Accountabilities*

  • Act as the state champion for MRP. Document and provide quality control measures on MRP policies and practices. Support other employees in resolving issues and encourage adoption of MRP processes for purchasing inventory.

  • Manage Fleet processes to include procurement, maintenance, utilization and reporting, ensuring data integrity. Identify and act on opportunities to improve fleet utilization and reduce operating costs.

  • Oversee facilities and ground maintenance as required within the state, identifying opportunities for efficiency.

  • Maintain, set, and control inventory levels, order points, and economic order quantities for local warehouses as well as construction and maintenance projects. Owns inventory results for the state.

  • Analyze historical data, current trends, and economic forecasts to identify business unit specific opportunities and risks.

  • Maintain procedural documents and ensure the integrity of system data (e.g. SAP, PHH) for each of our operating units.

  • Adhere to departmental budgets and provide input into quarterly forecast and annual budget process. Calculate and report balance sheet improvements.

  • Recognize and protect sensitive information, maintaining confidentiality as required

  • Perform other duties as requested.

  • Knowledge/Skills*

  • Skills:*

  • Contribute to effective communication by listening and providing constructive feedback; supporting the creation of an open and honest work environment; cascading and sharing knowledge and information relevant to other members of the team and colleagues across the business.

  • Able to analyze multiple sources of data, draw conclusions, and identify opportunities to reduce cost or improve efficiency.

  • Able to sell own ideas to others in the organization, gaining trust and buy-in to facilitate implementation.

  • Knowledge:*

  • Knowledge of inventory concepts such as MRP, Safety Stock, Cycle Counting and ABC Inventory Analysis.

  • General knowledge of operations and maintenance.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Project), SAP and/or warehouse management systems.

  • Experience/Education*

  • Experience:*

  • Three to five years’ experience in inventory management and operational support.

  • Experience in the management of people, processes, technologies and budgets. Lean / six sigma experience desired.

  • Education:*

Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g. management, engineering)

  • Certifications & Licenses*: APICS certification preferred

  • Travel Requirements*

Periodic travel in the state up to 50%

  • Work Environment*

Normal office environment with occasional field work.

  • Competencies*

Champions safety

Customer obsessed

Cultivates innovation

Nimble learning

Drives Results


  • Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing*™

  • American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants* based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.