Inventory Manager

Management NORCROSS, GA


Position at NAPA Auto Parts

Position Mission:
Manages and supports all supply chain related activities in one of more of the IBS business categories. Including but not limited to vendor management, excess inventory reduction, Master Data Management, vendor/SKU consolidation, new product introductions, changeovers, forecasting, replenishment and training. Adding value to the IBS network of locations, NAPA HQ and customers by being the go to expert in their assigned category(s).

Position Performance Measures:
• Standardizes inventory costs within category suppliers.
• Inventory Management/Inventory Control/Increasing IBS inventory productivity.
• Leverages national IBS spend to reduce inventory acquisition costs.
• Manages vendor onboarding and documentation.
• Ensures inventory uniformity across customers and or IBS business categories.
• Reduction of excess inventory (NAPA and Non-NAPA).
• Part cost savings opportunities delivered to customers.

The following section contains the primary responsibilities for this position. Job holder is responsible for performing any other duties as assigned by management.

• Builds relationships and conducts negotiations with non-NAPA vendors on standardized pricing, warrantee, inventory availability, service and return privileges.
• Utilizes available technology resources and partners with Division, District and Local teams to coordinate, execute and track the elimination of excess inventory.
• Ensures that the local site teams source all parts needs for their customer by utilizing various approved IBS vendors and brings new value add vendors to the IBS offering.
• Manages vendors through the creation of vendor agreements and standardization of forms such as non-disclosure agreements and indemnity agreements.
• Partners with legal team to get contract approval and endorsements.
• Conducts periodic reviews of suppliers based on performance and adherence to contracts.
• Manages IBS site set up inventory activities. Sets up site inventory management systems and trains personnel on system functionality (TAMS, HUB and MIO).
• Oversees IBS site closures by enforcing contractual obligations and helping to return inventory to suppliers.
• Creates inventory alignment by using more cost effective suppliers, such as interchanging products to GPC brands. Leverages the NAPA product team relationships for supply recommendations based on customer needs.
• Assists in the inventory stocking model reviews by location/by customer. Ensuring the locations have the proper level of inventory while minimizing excess and obsolete.
• Reviews inventory stocking levels and helps coordinate the return or transfer of excess inventory.
• Works with IBS customers on parts network consolidation/uniformity and sourcing/planning for special projects.
• Provides monthly/ad-hoc update/report out detailing new programs, changes to existing programs, product updates, upcoming price changes, etc.
• Provides both internal and external reporting on program utilization, parts consolidation efforts and product initiatives to ensure compliance with programs and/or directives.
• Proactively provides cost savings opportunities to IBS customers through new vendor programs, part/vendor consolidations, price decreases, changeovers, etc.
• Helps coach/train employees up on inventory and vendor management activities and works to identify quality candidates for advancement opportunities.
• Travels to specific project sites for the purpose of inventory responsibilities

Experience, Education, and Abilities:
• College degree or equivalent work experience required.
• ASE certification is a plus.
• Possesses project management skills. Certifications are a plus.
• Ability to read and interpret a contract.
• Ability to read and interpret an operating statement, P&L.
• Understanding on how to positively affect a P&L statement.
• Strong understanding of inventory management to include purchasing. Certifications are a plus.
• Strong communication skills.
• Extremely detail oriented.
• Requires demonstrated leadership.
• Possess working knowledge of the organization’s store support system (TAMS, HUB, IBiz, MS, GPC1, etc).
• Must possess high character and integrity.
• Capable of providing strong leadership to the operation to create a high performance team; i.e., customer focus, open communication, willingness to coach and provide feedback.
• Must possess very strong personal drive, self-motivation and initiative to accomplish company goals and objectives.
• Must enjoy working in a fast-paced setting and possess an ability to remain calm under pressure.
• Ability to ensure proper maintenance and protection of Company store facilities, equipment, inventory and all physical assets of the company.
• Have a willingness and ability to learn.
• Must possess very strong analytical problem solving skills.
• Capable of operating a point-of-sale system and cataloging.
• Extremely proficient in Microsoft Office and using internet for parts research and sourcing.
• Ability to learn and use customer fleet management software.
• Flexibility with working hours, depending on customer and location needs (i.e. emergency overtime related to weather conditions).
• May require travel <20% of the time as directed by IBS Operations Director

Work Environment:
• The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
o Fleet shop environment, employee could be exposed to loud noise, fumes or airborne particles.
o While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and hear.
o The employee is often required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, climb and crawl.
o The employee is frequently required to lift and move product of up to 60 pounds.
o Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
o While performing the duties of this position, the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles.
• Employee must be willing to travel up to 20% of the time (may increase or decrease based on projects at certain times)

GPC conducts its business without regard to sex, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, military status, status as a veteran, or any other protected characteristic. GPC's policy is to recruit, hire, train, promote, assign, transfer and terminate employees based on their own ability, achievement, experience and conduct and other legitimate business reasons.