Job Description

Supply Chain Manager (Operations)
Louisville, KY, United States of America


Founded in 1919, Whip Mix manufactures Hanau™, Denar® and Whip Mix articulators, dental gypsums, investments, waxes, furnaces, mixing equipment and model trimmers for use in dental laboratories and dental offices and equipment. Whip Mix, headquartered in Louisville, Ky, is ISO9001-2008 certified and sells its products through distributors in over 80 countries and also maintains an office and distribution center in Dortmund, Germany.   Please review our website at and our Facebook page! We are an EEO employer.

Job Skills / Requirements

Job Purpose

Under minimal supervision, plans, directs and coordinates activities in supply chain including purchasing and planning. Oversees policies and procedures for overall supply chain management. Provides purchasing support for acquisition of capital equipment and/or facilities. Management of identifying and developing the supply chain for new components, products and markets, both internationally and domestically.  Evaluates supply options for strategic advantage in quality, cost and delivery. Ensures supply chain procedures comply with Whip Mix procedures and policies, including ISO standards. Work closely with product management teams, engineering, research and development, as well as manufacturing and financial departments to create and execute a supply chain strategy that meets cost, quality, and lead time goals.

Operates independently to negotiate supplier contracts and identify ways of mitigating supply chain risk for the entire company. Obtains supplier quotations, issuance of purchase orders, develops supply chain by including considerations of distribution and logistical efficiencies, and collaborating on inventory accuracy. Knowledgeable in international business practices/customers, including import and export requirements. Have a sound understanding of business law, legal contracts and various financial statements.

Understands and supports the vision of the Company. This person should develop a sense of dependability and responsibility among their team members, operate with enthusiasm and lead by example. They will make certain their own assigned tasks have been completed satisfactorily and to standards that are set for the team. Additionally they will ensure that team member tasks are understood, monitored & accomplished. Lean tools, methods and philosophy will be learned, utilize & embraced. Communication will be given and received freely, frequently, consistently, accurately and professionally. The priorities of safety 1st, quality 2nd, & production 3rd will be accepted & required. You will act, behave, perform and “BE” what you want your team members to be.

Initiates, cooperates or participates fully as appropriate in using the team approach in solving problems and suggesting improvements that enables Whip Mix to live up to its mission and values.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the team member. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Job Functions and Responsibilities  



Evaluates and improves supply chain management practices to gain strategic advantages.  Develops internal processes to ensure compliance with ISO procedures, FDA regulations, and company policies. Oversees the Purchasing and Planning activities and develops plans, policies and procedures.           (Essential)                



Identify and evaluate sources for new and existing components, products and equipment for manufacturing and distribution. Work with the Engineering, Product Development, and Operations teams on material improvements or substitutions to mitigate supply chain concerns. Maintain inventory levels to meet manufacturing requirements and company goals.                                                           (Essential)



Trains purchasing and planning team on their core functions. Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive. Work with the Operations team to understand where raw materials are needed, how shortages impact the team, and how to work around supply chain constraints in a way that least negatively impacts manufacturing and the ability to ship product.                                        (Essential)



Monitors supply chain performance for quality, cost and delivery through reporting functions. Proactively manage vendor relationships and negotiate major vendor contracts and pricing. Understand and manage purchase price variance.  (Essential)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          




Lead and direct Sales & Operations Planning programs. Work with the accounting team on any vendor invoice discrepancies or ERP system entries associated with purchasing and receiving.                                                                      (Essential)



Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations.      (Essential)                   



 Performs other duties as assigned or required.                  &n

Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelor's Degree

Additional Information / Benefits

Benefits Include: Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, 401k Plan, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability


Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan

This job reports to the VP of Operations

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1