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Manager, Network Optimization Planning USG
Chicago, IL

USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of building materials.

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Job Description


Position Title:

Manager, Network Optimization Planning

Reports To:

Sr. Manager, Logistics



# Direct Reports:



Chicago, IL

# Contractors:


Salary Band:


Exempt (Y/N):



The Manager, Network Optimization Planning is responsible for directing the activities of the Network Optimization Supply Chain (NOP) team for 40 manufacturing plants, spanning multiple business units covering over $2B in revenue in the U.S. and Canada.

The Manager supports USG's strategic goals through effective and efficient modeling and capacity planning, including recurring model runs, ad-hoc analysis, and what-if scenarios.

The leader of this function assists in determining short- and long-range optimal manufacturing and warehouse network designs and capacity planning, across multiple business units and product families. The leader is a subject matter expert in the use of modeling software, and directs, leads, and coaches the team on optimized and constraint-based modeling scenarios.


* Direct NOP, capacity planning, and network optimization activities.

* Leads the NOP team, managing a staff of analysts and planners, while prioritizing and coordinating department resources.

* Coordinates cross functionally with a diverse group of internal stakeholders to achieve optimal outcomes for USG

* Lead complex cross-functional supply chain projects and initiatives.

* Collaborate with IT partners to provide subject matter expertise on data analysis and modeling requirements for Oracle ERP, Modeling software, and business intelligence reporting.

* Lead development and prioritization of modeling and capacity planning projects to support the overall business strategy.

* Champion adoption of Lean Six Sigma and Lean Management, by supporting green belt development, sponsoring projects, and leading continuous improvement events.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


* Excellent leadership, people, and coaching skills.

* Strong analytical and decision-making skills, including the ability to identify and analyze problems, set priorities, and to recommend creative solutions.

* Capable of building strong cross-functional relationships and understanding needs of internal customers.

* Ability to think at a strategic level and translate strategic vision to actionable plans.

* Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to manage and summarize data in a clear, concise manner at the appropriate level of detail.

* Strong project management ability and process development skills.

* Excellent organizational skills.

* Highly motivated and results oriented.

* Ability to handle multiple projects effectively.

* Experience with Microsoft Office products, advanced Microsoft Access and Excel user. Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail.



Critical Thinking

* Translates strategy into action
* Problem solving / analysis
* Planning and organizing

Focus on Customer and Market

* Understands customer needs
* Market / Industry knowledge
* Shares knowledge

Innovation and Growth

* Adopts new ideas and creates new concepts
* Entrepreneurship (calculated risk taking)
* Process Improvement


Inspires and Motivates

* Builds trust and respect
* Creates teamwork and recognizes and celebrates contributions
* Leverages diversity

Coaches and Develops

* Provides feedback
* Develops others
* Builds talent pipeline

Partnerships and Collaboration

* Communication and interpersonal skills
* External partnerships (customers, vendors and suppliers)
* Cross-functional / internal collaboration


Ownership and Results

* Accountability and initiative
* Performance orientation
* Judgment and decision-making

Learning and Growth

* Commitment to self - development
* Learning agility
* Change adaptability

Emotional Intelligence

* Resilience
* Sensitivity to others
* Stress tolerance

Education and Related Experience

* Bachelor's degree. MBA degree preferred.

* Leadership and cross-functional experience in supply chain management.

* Leadership experience managing teams.

Years of Experience

* 10 Years work experience

* 5 Years in supervisory role

Certification Requirements

* APICS CPIM, CSCMP certification preferred

* LSS Black/Green Belt preferred

EOE including disability/veteran

About USG

USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of building materials.

6800 employees

550 W Adams St

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