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Manager, Inventory Optimization (R464994)





Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Stryker is driven to work together with our customers to make healthcare better. In order to fulfill our commitment as a federal contractor, while focusing on the health and safety of our employees and those that we serve, Stryker is encouraging US employees as well as all new US employees joining our company to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Today or in the future, vaccination may be a requirement based on the essential functions of the specific role or applicable regulations. Please refer to our COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements FAQs page for current vaccination and/or reasonable accommodation requirements and timelines.

Why join Stryker?

We are proud to be named one the World’s Best Workplaces and a Best Workplace for Diversity by Fortune Magazine! Learn more about our award-winning organization by visiting

Our benefits include bonuses; commissions; healthcare; insurance benefits; retirement programs; stock based plans; paid time off plans; family and parenting leaves; tuition reimbursement; wellness programs; onsite fitness centers and cafeterias; discount purchase programs; and service and performance awards – not to mention various social and recreational activities.

Why supply chain at Stryker?

As a member of our Supply Chain team, you will make a daily impact on the lives of others. Apply today and you will get a chance to work with high-functioning, driven people who all have the same mission of making healthcare better.

Who we want -

  • Effective communicators. People who can interpret information clearly and accurately to concisely communicate results and recommendations to stakeholders, senior management, and their teams.
  • Network builders. Managers who build connections with other teams and divisions and coordinate cross-functional collaboration.
  • Managers who drive performance. People who implement process improvements and leverage the talent of their team to consistently increase performance and productivity.

What you will do -

You will work closely with Plant leadership, franchise supply planning leaders, franchise procurement leaders, local sourcing leaders and center of excellence teams to design & standardize the execution process to adjust safely levels and other MRP parameters across all Stryker sites and franchises globally. You will initially have a special focus on Raw Materials inventory optimization via safety level optimization and other MRP parameters and realize inventory reduction opportunities on Stryker’s balance sheet.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Develop the inventory reduction execution process by collaborating with all necessary stakeholders and ensure clear roles and responsibilities as well as smooth handoffs across all Stryker sites globally
  • Lead, implement and project manage inventory optimization projects and ensure project timelines are regularly communicated and completed on time
  • Drive operational excellence in the RM planning domain by standardizing and implementing a robust, scalable MRP planning process improvements
  • Build tools to aid in the inventory optimization projects by working with IT and other subject matter experts across the company
  • Collaborate with finance to improve and ensure RM reporting is fully transparent in the financial inventory reports
  • Develop recommendations for inventory optimization opportunities through collaboration and benchmarking exercises of the end-to-end supply chain with associated benefits & resources requirements and present to Leadership Team on regular basis
  • Report out on project progress using executive dashboards and storyboards calling out the accomplishments, inventory reductions to date and areas to focus
  • Coach planners and other inventory optimization teams on best practices in planning process
  • Setup trainings and workshops where needed
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with material managers, plant manages, procurement, and planning leaders

What you need -

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain management or similar field is required. An MBA or a Master’s in Supply Chain Management is highly preferred
  • 8+ years of experience required, preferred in Supply Chain or Planning Management, Financial planning
  • MRP planning experience required; Must have knowledge of Supply chain planning tools like Oracle Demantra and ASCP or SAP APO /SAP IBP, Hyperion or commercial sales forecasting processes, Operations budget planning process
  • Hands on work experience running IBP processes, (FP&A) financial planning and analysis and project management - highly preferred
  • International experience or experience working with plants and sales organizations located globally - highly preferred
  • Strong negotiation & management by influence skills with the ability to drive results through a global matrix structure is required
  • Experience in the medical/automotive industry - preferred

Remote -

This job may be performed remotely from anywhere in the United States, except that this job may not be filled or performed in Colorado.

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About Stryker

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, is driven to make healthcare better. We offer innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes.

We are proud to be named one of the World’s Best Workplaces and a Best Workplace for Diversity by Fortune Magazine! Learn more about our award-winning organization by visiting