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Director, Supply Chain Transformation and Platform Engineering

Function: Technology
Location: Staples Corporate Center, Framingham, MA US
Date posted: 11/30/2017 12:59:44 PM
Type: Full-time
Permanent / Contract: Regular
Job number: 1033561

Director of Supply Chain Transformation and Platform Engineering

We are searching for a Director of  Supply Chain Transformation and Platform Engineering


This individual leader works with both the business and technical teams to build and maintain a scalable Supply chain platform for Staples. This position primarily focuses on providing technical guidance, vision for new state of the art and scalable Supply chain platform for Staples with detailed monitoring dash boards. This individual should be able innovate, hire top talent to create next generation platform for Our Supply Chain Systems, visionary, research new trends in the industry and continue to modernize our Supply Chain management systems while maintaining the current platform.  Develop a commercially viable solution to automate the pick, pack and stow processes within our FCs using Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks. Manage the teams that develop and implement algorithms to Optimize Boxing Logic, Dynamic Least Cost Algorithms and seamless multi sourcing


This individual is ultimately responsible for development, integration, strategy, planning, optimization, uptime, migrations, deployments, and maintenance of these mission critical business applications. He or she will drive architectural, organizational, and process maturation that matches the growth of the business and supports the future-state vision. 


This position leads senior managers, managers, Software Development Engineers, Software Development Engineers Test (SDET) and interacts with other cross functional teams like Product Management, Project Management, Quality Assurance, release management teams, automation teams etc. to implement and deliver tools and processes to meet business needs.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Build and own the new state of the Art Robotics Supply Chain Platform.
  • Provides leadership and direction and recommends strategy for area managed. Recommends course of action to VPs for approval on matters affecting the organization managed
  • Researches new software development and Supply chain systems and technologies and analyzes their application to current Staples needs
  • Focus on Innovation on how to enable/motivate the team in bringing in tech focus and experimenting ideas
  • Able to partner with universities and research programs to develop and implement new algorithms to optimize and Automate warehouse activities.
  • Lead onshore and offshore teams to ensure projects are delivered on-time and on-budget.
  • Set strategic direction for the use, enhancement, and implementation of the systems.
  • Develop and enforce IT processes that are compliant with corporate polices and external regulatory requirements, including SOX.
  • Actively participate with VPs in establishing recommended organization for area managed, and developing organizational capability needed to execute strategy
  • Establishes organizational procedures and plans, consistent with company policy
  • Requires cross-functional relationships, communication and negotiation. Organizational awareness to effect results by maneuvering through appropriate organization channels
  • Practices strategic and transformational leadership while actively molding culture
  • Practices strategic and transformational leadership while actively molding culture
  • Oversee the management of daily business activities to ensure that business priorities and end user expectations are being met.
  • Spends 30% of their time developing people and their team
  • Must hire and train new talent


Required Skills:

  • Minimum of bachelors degree with 15+ years’ experience in a related field
  • 10+ years’ experience building and leading a high performing organization. 
  • 5+ years hands-on technical experience.
  • 5+ years Financial responsibility against a min of $3M budget. 
  • Demonstrated success in working within cross functional teams and effective project management and analytical/decision-making skills

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong analytical, data-driven decision making and problem solving skills, with attention to details
  • Ability to navigate large organizations, develop strong business partner relationships and build network
  • Outstanding influencing, communication and presentation skills
  • Open source technologies, public/private cloud technologies.
  • Self-starter, high-energy, with ability to execute on business objectives
  • Strong teamwork and inter-personal skills
  • Prior Supply Chain experience is plus
  • Previous working experience in AI systems is plus.
  • Experience in robotics development is plus
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience at an ecommerce company (moved this from required)


 If you are Agile, Innovative, Pioneering, Dynamic, Passionate, Customer-Centric, Collaborative, and Results-Focused, you will love it here!

Travel:  _20_ %

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