• Sr. Manager of Inventory

    Location(s) US-IL-Elk Grove Village
    Req #
    Leadership, Supply Chain
  • Overview & Responsibilities

    Rackspace is looking for a true people manager who is passionate about developing employees, not afraid of change, and understands the importance of collaboration and delivering on commitments.

    There's something special about working at Rackspace.  We’re known for our “friends & family” culture and our results-obsessed customer service.  We extend this commitment of service excellence and unsurpassed operational discipline to our world-class data centers.

    As the Data Center Inventory Manager, you will be a senior member of the Data Center Leadership team and play a key role in shaping and delivering a world class customer experience to the hundreds of thousands of businesses that depend on us.

    About You:

    You connect with people.  You’re the type of leader that really gets a kick out of the individuality of your team and it makes you feel good helping each member succeed any way you can?

    You pay attention to the details.  Nothing falls through the cracks on your watch.  Anything worth doing is worth doing right, every single time. If you don’t know the answer, you’ll dig into the details until you find it.

    You own the message.  You communicate well on phone, face-to-face, and in writing.  You listen to what people have to say.  You understand the business need and can explain just about anything to anyone.

    You play well with others. You sponsor, support and provide strong collaboration with your peers.  You see the big picture and understand what’s best for the company; not just what’s best for you.  However, you’re not afraid to stand your ground when you need to.

    You’re a problem solver.  You like solving problems simply because it makes you feel good to help someone out.  You don’t get flustered easily.  When someone else sees a problem, you see a challenge.

     “Good Enough” is not good enough to you.  You are always analyzing your results and trying to find ways to be better.  You like to challenge yourself and are always raising the bar.

    You like getting dirty.  You are the type of leader who likes to lead by example.  You’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves to help the team out when needed.


    About the Job:

    • You will be responsible for all elements of Inventory including staffing, maintaining appropriate inventory levels, managing daily transactions, and ensuring proper inventory controls are followed.
    • You will maintain an energetic culture and lead the team (including other managers) effectively to drive high engagement and strong performance while supporting the needs of the business.
    • You will manage a highly skilled team that:
    1. Oversees activities related to the purchase of material, material control, inventory control, and shipping/receiving.
    2. Ensures materials are ordered and in stock to meet company requirements, while maintaining acceptable inventory levels.
    3. Maintains optimal efficiency through strong global processes, effective min/max levels, and the implementation of Kanban systems.
    • You will collaborate with your peers across the globe to ensure consistency across data centers.
    • You will identify opportunities to further reduce costs, cycle time, and total cost of ownership.
    • You will establish and maintain effective working relationships with managers, staff, suppliers and others encountered in the course of work.



    The Key Ingredients:

    • Proven leadership skills and qualities and experience of leading a high performing team
    • Solid understanding of Inventory processes
    • Strong organizational skills and the ability to set priorities in a high-pressure environment
    • A working knowledge of MS Office
    • A strong commitment to exceptionally high standards in the work environment
    • Ability to successfully work and promote inclusiveness in small groups
    • Ability to communicate effectively on all levels, both to senior managers and leadership as well as individual contributors.

    The Icing on the Cake:

    • Working knowledge of Oracle Inventory Management System
    • Expert knowledge of purchasing principles and practices
    • General understanding of supplier management techniques
    • Strong project management skills
    • Prior experience working in a Data Center or a technology-based service-oriented company
    • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or Supply Chain Management
    • APICS certification