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Supply Chain Head SEU

Job Id:  5928

BARCELONA, Catalunya, Spain

Department:  Supply Chain
Function:  SCM
Employee Type:  Permanent Full Time
Seniority Level:  Director

About UPL

UPL is a leader in global food systems and with the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience, is now one of the top 5 agricultural solutions companies worldwide. With revenue of US$5 billion, UPL has presence in 130 countries. With market access to 90 percent of world’s food basket and focused on high-growth regions, UPL represents a compelling value proposition for growers, distributors, suppliers and innovation partners in a consolidating market. UPL offers an integrated portfolio of both patented and post-patent agricultural solutions for various arable and specialty crops, including biological, crop protection, seed treatment and post-harvest solutions covering the entire crop value chain.


Main mission:

The role is primarily responsible for supporting all supply chain related process and operations

in South Europe countries (17+ countries) in order to maintain supply and demand balance and

facilitate demand planning and WC improvement in the region. Focused on high OTIF for

customers and mitigation of supply risks for business.


The role provides the link between the commercial organization in South Europe and the

Manufacturing and Supply Chain functions in Europe & India to ensure proper communication

of Supply and Demand issues and propose resolution with the right priorities.

Managing local Supply chain Team in all countries.


Scope (territories):

Countries covered: France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Albania, Kosovo, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Bosnia Position in the organization chart:

  • Reports to commercial Head South Europe and dotted line to Head of SC & Operations Europe
  • Manages local Supply Chain Managers in countries/subregions (5 direct reports)
  • Works closely with South Europe Leadership Team, Country Heads and Europe/India Supply Chain organizations


JOB RESPONSIBILITIES/ Activities Planning:

  • Control over regional accurate 18 month rolling forecast along with the relevant assumptions like Risks & Opportunities
  • Establishing local country S&OP process in line with business planning cycle and global S &OP standards. Overall champion for end – to – end process and business integration.
  • Represent region in weekly and monthly planning meetings with the plants & supply teams (Demand Reviews, RSOP)
  • Ensure that the forecasting tool/system are in place and properly managed. Drive continuous advance of the process and tools (incl. forecast accuracy excellence and DCRs reduction).
  • Responsible to assure accurate forward projection of inventory and purchase. Make sure purchase plans are in place in all subsidiaries.
  • Drive inventory improvement actions in the region according to inventory including proactive management of slow moving, excess and obsolete material
  • Work with the Supply Planning plant team to provide recommendations for balanced supply commitments, allocations.
  • Ensure proper communication to South Europe organization to deliver effective Demand & Sales & Distribution, information about supply risks.
  • Participate in NPL process in the region for SC part


Supply Chain & Logistics:

  • Ensure OTC (orders) and PTP (purchases) process are executed properly in SAP as well, according to processes in timely manner
  • Approve and validate 3RD party suppliers purchase (FP and raws) process in line with regional threshold and responsibility (as per DOA)
  • Support local Tolling processes (Inc. audits and IP protection), make sure Toller’s are producing according to good standards and compliantly
  • Monitor warehousing & Logistics rates, budget, quality audit, physical inventory count, choosing local warehouse and logistics providers in countries.
  • Support factory planning and customer service in resolving availability constrains, facilitator of gap analysis for relevant countries.
  • Gate Keeper of proper Master Data management and Labels coordination
  • Involved in products transfer projects between plants (EU-India), to ensure proper cooperation between regulatory, supply chain and commercial
  • Involved in ALL ad hoc Supply Chain projects-> example: CHAMACK, CONNECT, HARMONY, PHOENIX, IMPACT
  • Follow up on non-conformances raised in the region for proper follow up and resolution


HR (people management) related:

  • Setting up proper objectives and development plans for the country SC Managers and their teams aligned with regional/global targets
  • Runs Talent managements reviews, develops talent, prepares succession plans
  • Recruitments, exits, retention plans for the local SC teams
  • Coaching, onboardings, trainings on SC processes



  • Min 10 years of demonstrated progressive leadership experience, managing teams in matrix organizations
  • Good understanding of business and commercial requirements
  • Experience in logistics and warehousing, import and export formalities, inco-terms and movements of hazardous goods (IMDG, ADR, IATA)
  • Masters Degree in a business discipline required, advanced degree highly preferred
  • Experience highly desirable in SAP, Integrated Business Planning (IBP)
  • Planning Strategy-> perfect understanding of OTC/PTP/MD processes running in SAP
  • Proven experience with supply and Inventory planning & optimization
  • Deep understanding of supply chain and its’ impact on the company financials, e.g., P&L
  • Excellent analytical understanding of the value and impact of information (managing and reporting data effectively) able to analyse big set of data on his/her own
  • Experience with change management, integrating acquisitions
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, able to work in multi-cultural
  • environment
  • Proven experience leading and developing a high performing team
  • Strong customer focus (driving OTIF) as well result orientation (proven track of delivering KPI’s)
  • Very good Excel & Power Point command
  • English fluency required
  • In depth knowledge of global supply chain process and linkage to other parts of the business.
  • Strong Collaboration skills / Good negotiation skills.
  • Purchasing and Commercial Awareness.
  • Can do attitude, with a solution focused approach towards problems
  • Challenges the status quo but from a perspective of seeking first to understand
  • Logical, systematic approach to problem solving
  • Strong planning & excellent time management skills
  • Strong leadership and communication skills

  • Background in regulated industry preferred (pharma, agrochemicals)
  • Exposure and understanding of global supply chain dynamics and considerations
  • Influential leadership of global organization and senior management


We are one team, for maximum impact. One team with shared goals. We all play for the team and no-one plays against team. We have a laser-like focus on what our customers need and want, on anticipating their future needs and how we can create innovative solutions and experiences for them.