Inventory & Warehouse Manager

Date: Nov 4, 2020

Location: Tasiast, Inchiri region, Mauritania

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

The Tasiast mine is an open-pit operation in northwestern Mauritania located within an extensive gold system that is largely underexplored. The mine is proceeding with an expansion that is expected to increase production and lower operating costs.  

Job Description

To lead the development, implementation, continuous improvement, and execution of Kinross inventory control and planning strategy, policies, and guidelines to drive shared goals and objectives across the entire Supply Chain specifically for inventory planning, cataloging activities, stocktaking, QA/QC, and working capital optimization.

Coordinate and supervise the secure operation of the Warehouse and lead the day-to-day activities of assigned staff in the receiving, binning, issuing, stocktaking, and dispatch of all items and associated tasks that exist within the operation/location.

Oversee all Tasiast inventory-planning activities, responsible to ensure the correct levels of stock are in place, obsolete and excess stock management are completed in a safe and consistent manner, and in compliance with Company procedures and policies. Communicates inventory control and planning vision and builds strong working relationships with internal clients.  Enhance Kinross' overall inventory control and planning capability through continuous improvement and development of the organization.

Promote and ensure that all HSE requirements are considered and implemented in all the aspects of the duty performed. Maximize the use of environmentally friendly and recyclable products where possible.

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Supply Chain Director, the Inventory & Warehouse Manager is responsible to provide technical inventory management, analytics, cataloging, cross-functional reporting, and JDE Business Process support across Supply Chain Management.   The Inventory & Warehouse Manager has to ensure that warehousing services are provided to the Company with a good service level, and ensure that all associated functions are carried out in accordance with the company's policies and procedures. This position will act as a key point of contact for User groups requiring inventory support, reporting queries, and will champion system Business Processes for Supply Chain.

  • Develops, recommends, continuously improves and implements programs to enhance working relationships and communication processes to ensure achievement of leading practice inventory control, planning processes and warehouse management.
  • Ensure teams share leading practices and lessons learned, use consistent methodologies, and pursue deliverables that are aligned with corporate strategic objectives. Coach and provide periodic informal and formal performance feedback to direct reports
  • Recognized as an expert in Inventory and forecast accuracy optimization. Helps set global inventory planning strategy and supports regional inventory optimization on a continuous basis. Direct experience overseeing or managing regional and global inventory performance optimization, item stratification and distribution network optimization. Control 3rd party contractor inventory planning performance and ensures alignment to company inventory planning service levels.  
  • Identifies opportunities to reduce total costs based on better planning and management of inventory and drives inventory control standards throughout the organization, resolves issues in areas of collaboration with other supply chain system processes, and defines the process methodology in alignment with corporate guidance.
  • Implements demand forecasting concepts and can utilize available inventory control tools. Can lead conversations and provide a point of view on how to forecast the materials demand in order to replenish warehouse areas and inventory as well as meet the demands of operational activities. Understands procurement activities required to match supply with demand.
  • Ensures standardized SCM materials data (Item Names, Item Descriptions, Group Class codes, and colloquials) and implement governance to improve and preserve data quality on an ongoing basis
  • Review new stock and insure that all are under control related to PIPO (Phase In and Phase Out).
  • Maintain catalogue to ensure all information is kept current and relevant, identify duplications, assist with obsolete, and overstock stock removal.
Job Responsibilities cont'd
  • Prioritize work amongst the team and provides analysis and mitigation strategies for high value and high risk inventory categories.
  • Ensures that a statistical forecast for critical and non-critical 'predictable' materials are generated and communicated to end-users for making appropriate adjustments to mine and maintenance plans and are consolidated with materials requests into a single inventory/materials plan.
  • Manage Bulk Commodities and other critical cost driver commodities to ensure stock is replenished, scheduled, forecast, planned and delivered to Site in accordance with usage demand profiles and site storage considerations.
  • Makes recommendations on processes improvement with broad use of external knowledge and practices. Consulted as leading authority, recognized by Kinross, as well as by industry peers in the area of inventory control, materials planning and warehouse management.
  • Defines inventory management practices including Lead Time Management Reduction, Vendor Managed Inventory, Database Standardization and Product Obsolescence Management.
  • Design and implement relevant strategies relating to inventory and catalogue management, demand planning and profiling, bulk commodity and repairable item management.
  • Provides specialized analytical approaches that customize planning processes and parameters to support service levels and operational goals.
  • Accountable for warranty repair activities that fall under the remit of supply chain in the regions. Collaborates with maintenance to ensure accurate planning and tracking is in place. Standardizes consistent repair activities and provides overall W&R guidance from a Kinross commercial perspective to end-users and suppliers.
  • Manage the disposal process of obsolete and surplus inventory and equipment.  Liaise with End-Users, Finance and Warehouse operations to identify, tag, tender, bid, award contracts and ensure surplus assets are disposed off in a timely manner with consideration for asset re-deployment to other Kinross Operations.
  • Manage the addition of new items to the inventory catalogue through collaboration with Operations and Maintenance ensuring a risk based assessment is conducted to analyze and determine stocking levels.
  • Ensure all items are counted at least once every financial and calendar year.
Job Responsibilities cont'd
  • Coordinate with Inventory Controller stock takes to identify any variances between physical and recorded stock levels, identify root cause to stock discrepancies, and put mitigations “controls” in place.
  • Liaise with Sourcing & Manager and Expeditors for timely and secure deliveries to and from site.
  • Coordinate Purchasing & Contract Manager and Expeditors return of rotable stock to the warehouse and for transport off site for repair.
  • Ensure all goods are issued correctly and discrepancies are investigated in a timely manner.
  • Develops and documents operational risk mitigation and contingency management plans.
  • Ensuring that all stock items are handled with Kinross requirements, and safety standards and maintain in their optimal conditions before usage.
  • Ensure that all procedures are available, known, and implemented and maintain compliance with Supply Chain procedures including the security of all assets.
  • Identity skillset gaps within the team, determine the methodology to address the gaps and ensure the subsequent execution of training and development plans.
  • Develop skills and abilities of direct and indirect reports through ongoing performance measurement and feedback. Provide career guidance and act as a champion and mentor for all resources in the supply chain organization.
  • Demonstrate social awareness, commitment and compliance with Kinross’s Social Responsibility Policy, always showing a socially responsible behavior with the Community and with the Company.
  • Develop metrics, monitor and publish performance against strategic goals; 
Education and Experience

Languages:
Must speak / read / write English  - French language skills highly regarded but not essential

 

Experience:

  • Seven (7) to ten (10) years of directly related inventory analytics, Procurement and warehousing experience necessary.
  • Four (4) to six (6) years of management experience – leading teams and having direct reports
  • Mining experience essential.
  • Knowledge of JDE or equivalent enterprise level software packages is necessary.
  • Experience with advance analytics software applications would be desirable.

 

Knowledge and skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Accounting or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Strong computer skills using office software such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Visio.
  • Knowledge of JDE or equivalent enterprise level software packages is necessary.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Skills

• Significant knowledge of all of the disciplines referenced in this job profile; specifically contracts administration, procurement (of both capital equipment as well as operating parts, materials and supplies), remote warehousing and inventory control, and specifically international logistics
• Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
• Highly organized
• Good working knowledge of project management and spreadsheet computer program skills
• Expert analytical skills
• Advanced project management skills
• Strong understanding of project development and project construction process flows within the mineral industry
• Strong knowledge of standard industry approaches with respect to project procurement and logistics management

 

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.