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Vendor Managed Inventory Manager

Date: Feb 6, 2021

Location: New Brighton, MN, US

Company: MSC Industrial Supply

AIS is a leading production fastener company in the Midwest, providing MSC a solid growth platform for expansion in the OEM fasteners market and complements our fastener and VMI solutions, as well as our core metalworking and MRO business. Come join us as we continue to build a diverse and inclusive workplace.


Requisition ID : 5819 

Employment Type : Full Time         

Job Category : Inventory Management                                             

Work Location :  New Brighton, MN (AIS) 

State or Province : Minnesota (US-MN)     

Potential Work Location : United States : Minnesota : New Brighton 


**This position is with the AIS Division of MSC***


Job Summary

The primary function of the VMI Manager is to develop and manage a team of qualified individuals that will provide hands on leadership to customers, suppliers and staff of AIS with regards to our customer managed solutions. Specifically, the VMI Manager will manage the AIS Division’s Customer Solutions department to provide timely & accurate services to our customers on their standard or customer specific integration. The job of VMI Manager will ensure that the AIS team delivers best in practice vendor managed inventory (VMI) programs that meet or exceed our customer’s expectations. Along with working directly with our customer base, the VMI Manager will also be required to provide leadership for our AIS employees responsible for the execution of our VMI solutions.


Summary of Essential Job Functions:


  • Professional customer service
  • Logical in thought process and diligent in implementation
  • Experienced in managing bin fill systems and VMI operations
  • Crib Master Vending Machine technical set up and fill process
  • Trained in Project Management
  • Use of or an understanding of the P21 operating system is a definite benefit
  • Use of Microsoft Office Suite (in particular Excel, PowerPoint and Word)
  • Carry a professional and positive attitude
  • Ability to communicate to all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintain the quality and accuracy of Customer Service operations, with the common goal of putting the customer first
  • Conduct according to the terms and conditions outlined in the Employee Handbook

VMI Manager

  • Professional representation of AIS to our customers
  • Understanding of VMI systems and programs
  • Working with our RSM’s and our Key customers to design a VMI program and to review satisfaction levels.
  • Managing our VMI team to ensure we are working with our customers to find system improvements & efficiencies
  • Managing and designing the processes for bin delivery to customer’s location
  • Designing the training process for new VMI implementations
  • Coordinating the implementation planning and preparations for new bin fill accounts and assisting in their implementations when needed
  • MRO and Crib Mater Vending implementation/knowledge of technology based program.
  • Training of VMI Auditors for use of Crib Master Vending fill system 
  • Managing new program on site implementation
  • Overseeing our on-site inventory control at customer locations
  • Managing our Merchandisers (Delivery Personnel) in all Division locations
  • Managing our off site temporary Merchandisers
  • Assisting with the control of our third-party locations (3PL’s)
  • Driving to and from customer locations
  • Occasional planned travel for training & on site implementations
  • Coordinate the design of new technologies that meet the needs of the customer
  • Coordinate other internal projects using Project Management Methodologies


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent work experience
  • Sales / customer service experience
  • Logistics experience
  • Project Management experience
  • Previous management experience
  • Computer Skills
  • Basic math and writing skills
  • Industrial Hardware / Fastener experience preferred.
  • English speaking


Abilities Required:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is continuously required to stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Employee must frequently lift and / or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


Travel Requirements:

  • This position requires travel up to 20-45% of the time



Why MSC  
People. Collaboration. Insight. That’s how you build something that works.

MSC Industrial Supply Co. is a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products and services. Built on a foundation of trust, MSC works side by side with our customers to help them drive business results. With more than one million product offerings and 75+ years of experience across industries, MSC strives to help our customers achieve greater productivity, profitability, and growth through inventory management and other innovative supply chain solutions. 

We care about our associates and have programs in place to help our 6,500+ team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future.

If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build a better career at MSC.

Equal Opportunity Statement
At MSC, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all qualified applicants and our associates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any category protected by applicable law.  


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