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Arthur Ramirez

Global 3PL Inventory Control Programs Manager

Company Description

At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare's hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. We strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture. Our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real world experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and achieve their highest potential.

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let's advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Job Description

Primary Function of the Position

This position will be tasked with providing daily tactical and strategic oversight to the Inventory Control programs governing ISI Finished Goods and Raw Materials, domestic and international, stored throughout our DC’s, FSL’s, Distribution networks and 3Rd Party providers. Strong focus and attention to Process Standardization, including DOP and WI creation and updates, across the value stream will be key to the success of this position. Development and implementation of Key Metrics and Data Analytics of overall inventory health and performance over this space will be required. Responsible for the Presentation of KPI/Metrics and Analytics at the Sr Management level with the ability to articulate findings at the granular level. Ensure all Operational Standards are followed and adhered to with a keen focus on transactional hygiene and system integrity. Perform to and adhere to all Finance guidelines as set forth by internal policies, external auditors, and in compliance with all SOX controls and requirements. This position will interface with our outside auditors leading any scheduled or random audits whether in person or remotely and provide all necessary evidentiary support as required. Close engagement and collaboration with all cross-functional business partners, internal and external, to build an efficient and agile distribution network driving common practice and processes across the Inventory Control space. This position will be a key stake holder in any new or existing DC/FSL/3PL WH implementation providing guidance/governance for Inventory Control Program implementations, Software requirements, PI’s and Inventory alignment between SAP and 3rd Party providers. Additionally, this position should have a strong CIP focus to drive new process and efficiencies to eliminate waste, improve performance and system integrity across all functional activities as they relate to the Logistics and Distribution functions.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, train, and motivate personnel to follow all Inventory Control standards and procedures.
  • Design and deliver process standardization.
  • Implement new Cycle Count Strategies utilizing state of the art methodology.
  • Align Inventory Control for all third-party companies that are responsible to manage our inventory.
  • Prepare and communicate KPI/Metrics analytics bi- monthly/Monthly and Quarterly to both local audiences and those audiences inclusive of cross functional teams and Sr Management.
  • Determine and Conduct prescribed Inventory Control Program(s) at all DC’s and external 3PL logistics solutions.
  • Monitoring and audit responsibility across the FG value Stream.
  • Review FG Inventory Health monthly with Finance Teams.
  • Review and measure all E&O opportunity with focus on aged material to be communicated to the broader team on a monthly basis.
  • Track and report all location fiscal value and administer appropriate CC programs as dictated by Finance policy.
  • Engage and govern all Domestic/International Inventory Control Programs.
  • Conduct Full Site Wall to Wall Physical Inventories as directed.
  • Collaborate across the organization on best practices, program and process development and developing employees to build a world class inventory control program.
  • Maintain data in compliance with SOX and regulatory controls including records for timeliness and accuracy of inventory cycle count.
  • Maintain and execute documented procedures for all inventory control roles and responsibilities.
  • Works with 3PL Partners and Distribution to ensure transactional integrity allows for accurate inventory control.
  • Maintain accurate systematic inventory accuracy to support the shipment of materials globally without interruption.
  • Ensure all FIFO, Batch tracked, Date and/or temp sensitive materials are tracked and surveilled on a routine cadence.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and implement Inventory Control Operations in a fast-paced environment.
  • Track record of cross-functional collaboration and achievement in a globally diverse organization.
  • Inventory control and cycle count experience, utilizing a Warehouse Management System.
  • Significant computer experience including MS Office products and ERP systems, Agile and SAP/S4Hana/EWM knowledge preferred.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and makes recommendations for the resolution of job-related issues.
  • Ability to develop and deliver verbal and written instructions from routine to complex in nature.
  • Ability to lead a cross functional team while driving moderate to complex projects in order to drive inventory control alignment across Intuitive.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of Kanban systems, continuous improvement and lean principles preferred.
  • The ideal candidate will have a love for a fast-paced and multi-focused work environment.
  • Lean manufacturing/materials implementation and use of kanban principles, Six Sigma background and knowledge is also highly desirable.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess strong organizational skills to meet deadlines, assist staff in prioritizing work and handle multiple projects.
  • Must be able to apply sound judgment and decision-making skills in dealing with a variety of routine issues.
  • Works independently with minimal supervision in a cross-functional setting.
  • Experienced with organizing unstructured data to support proposals or operational plans.
  • Technical Publication creation and editing.

Required Education 

  • Minimum BA degree or an equivalent of 10+ years of experience working in an inventory control capacity where the environment is associated with a production facility and /or distribution warehouse leading project teams.
  • Lean manufacturing/materials implementation and use of kanban principles, Six Sigma
  • Significant computer experience including MS Office products and ERP systems, Agile and SAP/S4Hana/EWM knowledge preferred.
  • APICS CPIM and/or CSCP certification preferred.

Working Conditions

  • 50% Travel required.
  • Work involves working in Warehouse environments consisting of rapidly moving conveyance equipment, less than optimum lighting and adverse temperature variations and conditions
  • May require stooping, lifting, reaching in performance of daily tasks.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • ASRS Implementations
  • Advanced inventory Control Practices and technique
  • S4Hana/EWM experience
  • AI Integration as it applies to Inventory Control and WH operations.
  • Creative Technical Writing Skills

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business and the role, please note that Intuitive and/or your customer(s) may require that you show current proof of vaccination against certain diseases including COVID-19.  Details can vary by role.

Intuitive is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information or any other status protected under federal, state, or local applicable laws.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates who do not reside, or plan to reside, in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

We provide market-competitive compensation packages, inclusive of base pay, incentives, benefits, and equity. It would not be typical for someone to be hired at the top end of range for the role, as actual pay will be determined based on several factors, including experience, skills, and qualifications. The target salary ranges are listed.

Base Salary Range Region 1: $141,300 USD - $203,300 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $120,100 USD - $172,900 USD
Shift: Day
Travel: 50% of the time
Workplace Type: Purposeful Onsite - This job requires being onsite for leader-defined events and activities which could be monthly/annually. Onsite frequency may increase based on business need.

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