Rackspace Inventory Manager in Chicago, Illinois

Job Overview

Overview & Responsibilities

Manage all elements of Inventory to support the relative data centres including staffing, maintaining appropriate inventory levels, managing daily transactions, and ensuring proper inventory controls.

The DC Inventory Manager is a member of the Data Centre Leadership team and is responsible for engaging their team in driving and supporting the success of the inventory function.

Oversees activities related to the purchase of material, material control, inventory control, shipping/receiving and stores functions. Implements, and maintains policies, procedures and material control systems. Ensures materials are ordered and in stock to meet company requirements, while maintaining acceptable inventory levels. Develops material schedules and coordinates the efficient movement of materials with purchasing, production and engineering. Reviews and plans requirements for purchasing materials. May prepare material requirement plans using enterprise resource planning systems. May assist with the establishment and maintenance of the production control system. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.

Key Accountabilities

  • Maintain optimal efficiency through strong global processes, effective min/max levels, and the implementation of kanban

  • Lead a team (including other managers) effectively to drive high engagement and performance

  • Help to ensure accuracy and integrity in the financial system through meticulous work standards, housekeeping, ESD compliance and controls

  • Ensure accurate inventory levels to minimize stock-outs and inventory shrink while supporting the needs of the business.

  • Develop, support, and adhere to global processes and policies to ensure consistency across data centers.

  • Responsible for adhering to company security and control policies and procedures as directed

  • Maintain direct contact with internal customers throughout the entire supply chain with efforts to minimize cost, shorten delivery times, and maximize quality.

  • Identify opportunities to further reduce costs, cycle time, and total cost of ownership.

  • Sponsor, support and provide strong collaboration with the global supply chain group in development of key global suppliers and the supply chain.


Criteria of Role:

  • Solid understanding of Inventory processes in a mission critical environment

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to set priorities in a high pressure environment

  • A strong working knowledge of MS Office and Oracle preferred

  • A strong commitment to exceptionally high standards in the work environment

  • Ability to seek out areas for improvement as well as planning and enacting such changes

  • General to expert knowledge of purchasing principles and practices

  • Prior knowledge of a technology based service oriented industry preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience in handling multiple tasks and the ability to prioritize a highly varied work level in order to maintain required productivity level

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and qualities and experience of leading a high performing team

  • General understanding of supplier management techniques

  • Strong project management skills

  • Ability to communicate technical info and ideas so others will understand

  • Ability to successfully work and promote inclusiveness in small groups

  • Strong business acumen and a bias for action

  • Bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent experience

  • Ability to communicate effectively on all levels, both to senior managers and leadership as well as their own team(s).

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with managers, staff, suppliers and others encountered in the course of work.




Req # 32477

Work Location US-IL-Elk Grove Village

Location(s) US - IL - Elk Grove Village

US - IL - Chicago

Category Data Center Operations

Category Facillities

Category Leadership

Category Supply Chain