Our client, a Global Leader in the Pharmaceutical industry is seeking to URGENTLY appoint a dynamic Supply Chain Solutions Lead to be based at their Durban North, KwaZulu-Natal Operation. PLEASE NOTE : This role is in the GDT Service Domain. MAIN PURPOSE FOR THE ROLE : To ensure effective and efficient system delivery and support to the Groups Global Supply Chain. To lead the formulation and implementation of enhancements and continuous improvement strategies and supportive initiatives that enables the development of system solutions to drive Supply Chain efficiency and value creation. To bridge the business requirements with the correct systems solution. To understand the business challenges and be accountable and responsible for developing, implementing, and managing changes to the system to match user requirements. KEY COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS : At minimum a B Degree in Supply Chain Management, Commerce, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering or related. At least 8 to 10 years working experience in Supply Chain systems, Inventory Management and/or Software Development. Pharmaceutical experience preferred; if no pharma experience must have in-depth FMCG, Chemical Manufacturing and/or related industry experience. Knowledge of supply chain planning; CSCP, CPIM certifications from Association for Supply Chain Management is ESSENTIAL. Have solidly- grounded understanding of the technical solution design of the Groups solutions. Possess working knowledge of T-SQL, ETL, XML, VB Script, Windows CMD. Ability to produce spotless, efficient code based on specifications. Ability to troubleshoot, debug and upgrade existing software. Able to learn new languages and technologies. Ability to apply Automation bring in manual ways of working into a system. Possessing Kinaxis Certifications is advantageous: RR Author Level 2 Administrator Level 1. SPECIFIC COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS : Inventory Management Inventory Planning Software Development Project Management. WORK-SPECIFIC SKILLS & EXPOSURE : Inventory Planning, management and/or Software Development background Experience with Software development and databases. MS-SQL an advantage Previous Supply Chain environment exposure. T-SQL, ETL, Basic DBA Functions, Software Design, Implementation, Testing, Debugging. Knowledge of Business: Pharmaceutical, Commercial, Manufacturing and Distribution. Knowledge of Business processes Deep knowledge and extensive experience in administration, authoring, and integration of APS solutions Knowledge of Kinaxis, SAP IBP, Just Enough, O9 and/or other planning systems Knowledge of coding languages Must be able to develop and architect solutions that solve related business and system problems and generate maximum value Strong business knowledge of forecasting techniques, demand planning, replenishment and inventory optimisation, master data and integration with finance Have a strategic and pragmatic operational perspective Work in high pressure environment and ability to troubleshoot and diagnose environment with remediation plans, priorities and timelines Effectively and efficiently be able to prioritise and execute tasks. SYNOPSIS OF GROUPS COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS : Business savvy : Performance driven. Make good decisions. Accountability/ownership People- centredness : Communicate Effectively Leads and Influence Others Dealing with ambiguity Embrace Change Self-management : Demonstrates a passion for achieving the Groups Company objectives. Continuously Grow and Develop Contribute Special Expertise Take action with Integrity. KEY ROLES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES : Accountable for maintaining the overall system architecture and guiding the evolution of the Groups Advanced Planning System, while ensuring system performance, and working with the business to drive standardization. Analyse and propose solution enhancement potential (functionality and performance). Define the execution and technical implementation of solution enhancement. Apply the Groups Advanced Planning System capabilities and technology best practices. Participate and process business requirement sessions and document as-is process and initiate solution enhancement proposals. Drive the conversion of business logic into the technical platform design. Maintain technical specification documentation. Work closely with project management teams to successfully monitor progress of initiatives. Manage technical solution sprint backlog including effort estimation, prioritization workflow and deployment of solution enhancement. KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : Lead the development, implementation and execution of enhancements and continuous improvement activities for the Group Supply Chain Systems with direction from the Head of Digital Technology Service Build & Implementation. Demonstrate consistent involvement in aligning deliverables to the Group Supply Chain strategy and long term objectives to support the evolving business requirements for the Group. Demonstrate understanding of the business challenges by interacting with IT Managers and Senior Supply Chain Heads of the regions and developing, implementing and monitoring changes to the system to ensure user requirements are met. Develop and implement a project plan, budget, scope, project charter and manage scope creep including identifying risks and issues for new initiatives. Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for the Efficient management and delivery of projects. Manage resources (direct and indirect) and their contribution to achieve maximum value for the Group and Business Units in diverse projects. Manage customer expectations regarding customer business requirement functionality and processes and include future, strategic business processes striving for continued excellence. Lead customers to follow best practices in regions that are not doing so through collaboration with IT Managers and Business Unit Leads. Lead and manage design sessions with Group Digital Technology Supply Chain Application team ensuring best practice recommendations addressing identified business challenges using current system accountable and responsible for the delivery of the changes. Document and manage changes to documentation detailing business standard operating procedures and processes. Manage client liaison between client end-user and Group Digital Technology Supply Chain Application team in the analysis, design, configuration, testing and maintenance to ensure optimal operational performance. Ensure, where applicable, system solutions are built taking into account reusability and moving away from point solutions paradigm of thinking. Financial Management: Provide input into the Group Digital Technology budget and ensure cost is contained and investments made contribute to business value to the Global Groups business. Effective utilization of direct and indirect resources to keep down project costs. Continuously drive to reduce operational costs, whilst still providing efficient services and support for the evolving business requirements Service Management (Customers & Stakeholders): All queries are followed up and resolved in the agreed timeframe. Internal and external customers are updated as to the progress of their requests, enhancements or projects in process. A professional attitude is displayed when responding to customers needs. Have a desire to help and serve the business stakeholders to meet their needs. This is about listening to the customers, working with them, understanding their requirements, concerns and focusing on the reasons why they require a particular service. Provides advanced troubleshooting skills to resolve technical problems. Manage the Groups Corrective Action and Preventative Action Practices. Ensure Pipeline Management work demand management. Service Delivery Support Accountability: Manage Group Digital Technology Supply Chain Application team business modelling, requirement analysis, system design, system testing, change management, and deployment for projects and enhancements. Manage the customer expectation that Group Digital Technology Supply Chain Applications perform smooth implementation of system. Plan, design, build, develop, configure and deploy business solutions as per business requirements defined by the different business units on behalf of the Group Digital Technology Supply Chain Application team. Governance & Risk Management: Comply with Group Digital Technology Governance and Project Governance Standards in place. Assess Application and integration risks and construct remediation plans to overcome these. Comply with quality assurance processes in place for applications in the different business units. HR Training & Development: Identify development and training needs of self and direct reports. Staff performance tracked against standards and regular feedback is provided. Performance discussions held to identify learning requirements. Training or solutions are provided for developmental needs. Provide ongoing assessment and feedback of development of self as well as indirect reports. NOTE WELL : Our client is committed to the principles of Equal Employment. Preference will be given to applicants from designated Employment Equity groups through a fair recruitment and selection process in line with the Groups Transformation Agenda which is aligned to their Employment Equity Plan. Apply Now! WILLINGNESS TO RELOCATE TO DURBAN NORTH, KWA-ZULU NATAL IS ESSENTIAL. SHOULD THIS OPPORTUNITY NOT BE ALIGNED TO YOUR CAREER ASPIRATIONS, KINDLY FORWARD IT TO A FRIEND.