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Supply Chain Project Manager - NA Region 1

Date: Sep 10, 2022

Location: Duluth, GA, US

Company: AGCO


Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for optimizing NA wide supply chain processes, performance and tools. The position is responsible for supporting the Materials team, idea generation and implementation of supply chain optimization actions including supplier performance and development, transportation, material flow and inventory optimization.  Also, the position will drive and support critical supply chain situations and optimization of costs, capacity utilization while meeting specifications/requirements from Materials, Logistics, Manufacturing, Purchasing, and Engineering. Support on NA/global logistics projects is an additional duty. This position will interact with numerous functions within the organization and external suppliers



  • Facilitate and drive resolution of supply chain risks, analyze root cause and drive sustainable avoidance of recurrence - Regular meetings with suppliers to discuss performance and deliveries. Support the Materials team, follow up and expediting critical suppliers when necessary.
  • Support to development and implementation of standards for AGCOs materials management process landscape, supplier performance and infrastructure environment and tie into global strategies where possible
  • Establish and use of supply chain /materials performance metrics, define actions to improve targets on expected level and follow up with local site material managers
  • NA project lead and coordination point to establish and maintain performance metrics (materials cost and capacity related) of materials processes in NA in alignment with global standards
  • Maintain performance metrics within the Materials Management teams as well as the internal and external supply chain
  • Support the implementation of SAP ERP in our different sites, liaise with IT and local process owners to drive implementation of new processes in existing IT infrastructure such as SNC and APEX
  • Maintain performance metrics within the Materials Management teams as well as the internal and external supply chain. Support the Logistics and Materials projects over the NA region.
  • Support Materials and Logistics projects





The Supply Chain Manager is an experienced logistics professional with a strong understanding of all Core logistics, materials processes needs full understanding of the supply chain as well as deep experience in supplier management and transportation standards.


  • Core processes:
    • Developing logistics standard processes which allow low-cost material flows to, inside, between and from the plants
    • Developing and driving supply performance improvements
    • Identification of opportunities to optimize total landed cost
    • Identification of concept to use synergies and economies of scale between the plants
    • Ongoing process to analyze and develop strategies for optimization of all supply channels



  • Tools:
    • Use of tools for analysis, data mining, statistics, spreadsheet calculation, etc.
    • Use of logistics planning tools (e.g. warehouse dimensioning, packaging software, CAD, etc.)
    • Use of ERP system (i.e., SAP LES, WMS, PP, MM)



  • Plant communication/ Supplier Management:
    • Strong interaction with local logistics management
    • Regular communication with other plants to share know how and leverage of potentials to other plants
    • Onsite support of supplier for supplier development (e. g. packaging tests)







Supply Chain Manager is expected to have a strong understanding of the specification Materials and Logistics processes and flow concepts. In terms of the required skill levels can support and consult the brands in all relevant logistics processes. Supply Chain Manager can evaluate the cost structure of logistics in order to analyze alternative logistics and materials processes, and logistics costs, charged to AGCO. Has understanding to monitor the market and the supply base to understand new developments and opportunities outside of current logistics and materials concepts


Supplier Process Understanding:

  • Understands supplier production and logistics processes to evaluate joint actions to improve service quality and lower total costs
  • Negotiate and drive critical situations with the supply base
  • Has knowledge about logistics component pricing share
  • Understands thoroughly logistics service supplier (transport companies, warehousing and VAS providers) cost structures and can challenge them
  • Leverages knowledge of processes during negotiations and continuous improvement programs.


Cost structure modeling – refers to complete logistics costs of a service procured:

  • Has experience in analysis of transport costs, inventory carrying costs (financial, waste), handling costs, storage costs and packaging costs for different parts depending on sourcing area, etc.
  • Is able to provide information for TCO evaluation purposes of logistics processes
  • Shows cost potential at supplier and logistics service provider


Product knowledge:

  • Understands how the supply chain activities affect the AGCO products
  • Impacts the whole good performance (financial and operational)


Competitive understanding:

  • Knows and understands the supply chain management strategies of competitors
  • Is able to collect competitive information independently
  • Has knowledge about the supply chain service providers of competitors




The Supply Chain Manager will be required to manage projects and sub-project and tasked independently. Supply Chain Manager will also be required to implement supply chain strategies across brands and work to influence the functional leaders within the brands/plants, needs leadership experience into cross functional environment and team management.   As a result, conflict/resolution and general leadership skills are expected to be at a high level to ensure success in a traditionally brand-oriented structure.




PLS need analytical skills to enable identify cost potentials in packaging, transportation and other logistics activities in the plants. 

The required profile across some key Problem-Solving Competencies are listed below:


  • Able to work independently and interact with local teams intercultural
  • Negotiate with external suppliers driving a solution to guarantee a constant the materials flow
  • Able to identify and understand most options/alternatives for a situation
  • Can translate requirements into actions
  • Fact-based problem-solving skills




The PES will impact the following areas/functions:

  • Transportation: Optimization of packaging and transportation flows have a significant as well logistics costs have a direct impact on parts price a Logistics handling, inventory and infrastructural costs have a direct impact into product costs. Enabling competitive pricing relative to the competition will allow Pricing and Marketing to position the products in the market where they have a chance to compete within the target segments and enable a profitable margin
  • Manufacturing: Consistent/timely supply of parts/goods in good conditions will help to improve manufacturing performance, scrapping costs and quality of the products.




Supply Chain Manager must be able to function with excellent oral, aural and written skills in their native language and English as a minimum.  The focus here is on interaction with intercultural team’s cross-functional and cross-brand



  • > 6 years of experience in international logistics supply chain preferably logistics planning, manufacturing engineering
  • Willing and able to travel (up to 40 %)
  • International experience can be a differential
  • Project management skills and experience in working across functions, multiple sites and cultures
  • Leadership experience and team management
  • Quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft office suite software including Excel, Word and PowerPoint; MS Project experience is beneficial, but not required
  • Strong experience with SAP MM; PP, LES is a differential
  • University degree required; additional benefits with academic training in business, economics and/or engineering


AGCO is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. 


AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural engineering with a portfolio of exciting international brands which deliver solutions to farmers in 140 countries through a full line offer from tractors and combine harvesters to protein production systems and smart farming software solutions – to an environment where the future is happening now. Join us as we bring agriculture into the future. 


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