VP of Supply Chain

  • Posted: 06/05/2024
  • Salary: -
  • Location: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Job Type: Permanent/Fixed Term
Empower is a visionary healthcare company committed to providing quality, affordable medication to millions of patients across the nation. We hold the distinguished position of being the largest 503A compounding pharmacy and FDA-registered 503B outsourcing facility in the country serving the functional medicine markets.

What sets us apart is our relentless focus on three core values: People, Quality and Service. Our dedicated team of professionals collaboratively works to break new ground in the fields of manufacturing, distribution and quality control, providing a uniquely integrated approach to healthcare. Leveraging our vertical integration of the pharmaceutical supply chain, state-of-the-art technology, and a commitment to excellence, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible in medication accessibility and affordability.

You're not just starting a job; you're joining a mission. We believe in empowering our team to innovate, grow, and drive real change in the healthcare industry. If you're a forward-thinker who thrives in a fast-paced, transformative environment, Empower is the place for you. Here, you’ll be encouraged to share your ideas, expand your skill set, and contribute to projects that genuinely make a difference. We prioritize the well-being of our team members, and we offer a supportive and engaging workplace where your contributions are not just recognized but celebrated.

Let’s revolutionize healthcare, together. Join us and be a part of something extraordinary.

Position Summary

As the Vice President of Supply Chain at Empower, you are poised to revolutionize our strategic sourcing initiatives, transforming the very backbone of our supply logistics to preemptively align with cutting-edge business forecasts and innovations. Your leadership will be pivotal in orchestrating the seamless procurement and supply of essential items across all Empower locations. By optimizing supplier processes and strategically managing resources, you will unlock unprecedented cost savings and efficiency, setting new standards in the healthcare supply chain sector.

In this role, you will harness the power of advanced data analytics to elevate our Sales-Operations-Planning, creating a synergy that enhances demand forecasting and supply planning at every level of the enterprise. Your strategic acumen will guide the implementation of ERP systems and develop robust logistics frameworks that streamline operations and elevate our service delivery. Your oversight of inventory management will ensure precision and efficiency, reducing waste and maximizing the availability of critical materials.

Your visionary leadership will extend beyond operational management to building and nurturing pivotal supplier relationships, securing advantageous terms that guarantee both innovation and continuity. As you navigate the complexities of global supply chains, you will skillfully minimize tariffs and leverage international markets, enhancing Empower's global footprint. With a focus on risk management, talent development, and continuous improvement, you will lead a high-performing team towards achieving remarkable breakthroughs in supply chain efficiency, setting Empower apart as a leader in the industry. This role is not just about managing supply chains—it's about leading a transformative movement that redefines industry standards and drives Empower to the forefront of healthcare innovation.

Duties And Responsibilities
  • Responsible for developing strategic souring initiatives ensuring a multi-source supply strategy is adopted to accommodate a 3-year forecast without supply interruptions.
  • Oversees the procurement of all items required company-wide, ensuring the supplier qualification process supports facility-location and maximizes cost savings in the purchase of materials.
  • Proactively builds and maintains strategic relationships with key suppliers to secure preferential terms, ensure supply continuity, and foster innovation.
  • Ensures a cohesive Sales-Operations-Planning (S&OP), leveraging advanced data analytics for improved demand forecasting, supply planning, and proactive adjustment of supply chain strategies for the entire enterprise to include manufactured product and pharmacy retail distribution channels.
  • Responsible for the ERP implementation for all items pertaining to supply chain.
  • Develops and maintain an enterprise and site-specific logistics program, providing vendor management of the major couriers and ensuring shipping contracts and operations are optimized in practice.
  • Manages company-wide inventory levels to minimize waste while meeting operational needs, including end-to-end inventory counts for controlled substances and APIs.
  • Creates a cost-competitive sourcing program, ensuring measures are put in place to be aggressive in lowering the cost of materials across vendors, without compromise of quality.
  • Develops strategies for global supply chain optimization to navigate international regulations, minimize tariffs, and leverage global markets.
  • Develops robust risk management strategies to enhance supply chain resilience, identifying potential disruptions and implementing mitigation plans.
  • Responsible for and oversees logistics for all incoming materials and outgoing shipments, including import/export coordination.
  • Focuses on talent development to build a high-performing supply chain team, mentoring leaders, fostering continuous improvement, and ensuring up-to-date skills and knowledge.
  • Encourages collaboration between the supply chain and other departments (R&D, sales, finance) to align strategies, optimize processes, and drive innovation.
  • Ensures transparency across the supply chain to enhance traceability and build trust with customers.
  • Establishes a continuous improvement culture, regularly reviewing processes and implementing lean methodologies and innovative technologies.
  • Actively participates and leads supply chain teams during any regulatory audit.
  • Active participant in the strategic planning of non-standard dispensing/distribution practices that are not core to the business today.
  • Develops practices to minimize waste of materials, inventory, and work-in-progress goods.
  • Ensures timely delivery of materials to maintain customer satisfaction and a high level of customer experience.
  • Responsible for commercial drug purchasing from a centralized corporate level, enhancing commercial viability and site-operational execution for pharmacy retail and drug product distribution.
  • Creates strategies on reliability and exclusivity of raw materials.
  • Adds technology to site operations and shipping logistics.
  • Responsible for importation and exportation of goods.
  • Responsible for materials management and inventory accuracy across all sites.
  • Stays updated on and review supply chain practices for compliance with environmental policies, standards, regulations, and laws.
  • Leads supply chain-related systems and software, ensuring efficient management of critical information and enhancing operational efficiency.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to remain in a stationary position for a significant amount of the workday and frequently use their hands and fingers to handle or feel in order to access, input, and retrieve information from the computer and other office productivity devices. The employee is regularly required to move about the office and around the corporate campus. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The noise level is the office environment is typically quiet, but the employee may occasionally be exposed to loud noises. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Knowledge And Skills
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of logistical procedures and applicable state and federal laws.
  • Strong understanding of the Value Chain and the ability to analyze, improve, and implement systematic improvements in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Strong leadership and development skills to mentor subordinates and promote employee growth.
Key Competencies
  • Customer Focus: Ability to build strong customer relationships and deliver customer centric solutions.
  • Optimizes Work Processes: Know the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Collaborates: Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Resourcefulness: Secures and deploys resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Manages Complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quality, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Ensures Accountability: Holds self and other accountable to meet commitment.
  • Situational Adaptability: Adapts approach and demeanor in real time to match shifting demands of different situations.
  • Communicates Effectively: Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
Experience And Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum Fifteen (15) + years’ experience with supply chain functions.
  • Minimum Fifteen (15) + years’ experience in a manufacturing organization.
  • Minimum Ten (10) + years’ experience in a healthcare organization.
  • Minimum Five (5) + years’ experience in operational management.
  • Minimum of twenty-five (25) years of professional work experience.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience as a purchasing specialist/manager for commercially pharmaceutical products in the pharmaceutical industry, preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) environment with relevant knowledge, required.
  • Experience with regulatory bodies such as the FDA, DEA, OSHA, etc., preferred.
  • Process-driven with experience in IT infrastructure.
  • Experience with Oracle and/or other ERP platforms implementation preferred.
  • Ability to travel to other Empower locations required.
  • Ability to travel internationally for strategic partnerships with sources required.
Employee Benefits, Health, And Wellness
  • No-Cost Medication: Get your prescribed compounded medications at no cost, ensuring your health without the financial burden.
  • Onsite Health & Wellness – IV Therapy Drips: Rejuvenate with complimentary onsite IV Therapy drips, enhancing your well-being and energy levels.
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Options: Choose from three medical plans tailored to your needs, plus options for dental and vision coverage for you and your family.
  • Telehealth visits: Access board-certified Doctors anytime, anywhere for you and your family.
  • Paid & Volunteer Time Off: Enjoy paid time off for personal pursuits and contribute to causes you care about with volunteer time off.
  • Paid Holidays (8 scheduled; 2 floating): Celebrate with eight scheduled holidays and two floating holidays, giving you flexibility and time for personal traditions.
  • Life & AD&D Coverage: Secure your and your family's financial future with life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance.
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account): Manage healthcare expenses smartly with pre-tax dollars in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
  • 401K Dollar-for-Dollar Up to 4%: Invest in your future with our 401K plan, featuring a dollar-for-dollar match up to 4%.
  • Company Paid Long-Term Disability: Provided at no cost, which replaces 60% of your income if you become disabled for a long period of time.
  • Flexible Schedules: Balance work and life seamlessly with our flexible scheduling options.
  • Rewards & Recognition Program: Your hard work doesn't go unnoticed – enjoy rewards and recognition beyond your paycheck.
Additional Voluntary Benefits
  • Accident Insurance: Pays a lump sum benefit to help cover expenses following an accidental injury.
  • Hospital Indemnity Insurance: Enhance your peace of mind with supplemental hospital insurance for unexpected stays.
  • Critical Illness: Protect your finances from the expenses of a serious health issue.
  • Short-Term Disability: Protect your income during illness or injury with short-term disability coverage.
  • Supplemental Life & AD&D: Add an extra layer of financial protection for you and your loved ones with supplemental life and AD&D coverage.
  • Legal Services: Access professional legal assistance to address concerns confidently.
  • Identity Theft Protection: Safeguard your identity and finances with our identity theft protection benefit.
  • Pet Insurance: Care for your furry family members with our pet insurance coverage.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Confidential counseling and support services for a holistic approach to your well-being.

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