SML Manager - Central Planning

Avery Dennison
Full time Full day
Mentor, OH

Company Description

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical, and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs more than 32,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2020 were $7.0 billion. Learn more at  

Job Description

The Service, Materials, and Logistics (SML) Manager manages the activities of those engaged in material movement and storage, production scheduling, and inventory control activities.  This includes transportation, distribution, and logistics.  In addition, they will maintain strong customer relationships with regard to both supply and service activities and may be responsible for customer service processes, order fulfillment and logistics.  The Service, Materials, and Logistics Manager owns several key metrics within the Supply Chain including: service, inventory and cost.

Employee Development & Management

  • Train and provide development opportunities for staff.  Ensure annual goals are complete and communicated.  Ensure Global Performance Management System is up-to-date and regular feedback is provided to staff members.

  • Attract, retain and develop high potential talent.

  • Model and promote the Corporation’s Code of Business Ethics and Values.

  • Perform general management duties, exercising usual authority concerning staff, performance appraisals, promotions and terminations.  Responsible for training and development of subordinate staff, estimating personnel needs, assigning work, meeting completion dates, interpreting and ensuring consistent application of organizational policies.

  • Act as a team role model and change-agent.

  • Positively lead and influence team members to partner together to achieve individual and business goals.


  • Provide leadership over: Materials management, scheduling, inventory control, and logistics.

  • Lead cross-functional team on projects.  Communicate and work with all levels of the organization.  

  • Leverage internal/external experts in network to accomplish goals.

  • Expert in Enterprise Lean Sigma (ELS) process.  Lead the formulation and development of projects.  

  • Achieve maximum levels of productivity, ensuring that the business benefits from the lowest possible cost and the highest level of service to our customers. 

  • Drive organizational performance, with a focus on managing free cash flow by actively controlling inventory levels.

  • Responsible for clear, focused leadership to further reduce the barriers to delivering competitive advantage via global size and scale.

  • Responsible for delivery of short-term and-long term results in order to develop and maintain the organization’s credibility, while creating opportunities for the function to add greater value to the business.

  • Use business trends and customer needs to create actionable goals that create competitive advantage for the organization.

  • Develop, analyze and manage team expenses.

  • Ensure compliance with government regulations.  

Strategic Transformation and Long-term Strategy Development

  • Provide leadership to local and/or global SML initiatives.

  • Develop and execute appropriate business plans/multi-generation SML plans to identify trends, opportunities for marketplace advantage and new ideas for products, processes and services. 

  • Develop SML Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures (OGSM) for assigned area and confirm linkage to global business strategies.

  • Lead benchmarking of SML-related topics in support of divisional goals.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required.

  • 5+ years Service, Materials and Logistics or related experience, with 3+ years supervisory or lead experience preferred.

  • Project leadership experience preferred.

  • Working knowledge of modern manufacturing, material flow and improvement strategies (e.g. ELS, continuous flow, cellular etc.) and the ability to integrate those into the operation.

  • Demonstrated understanding of financial systems and the key drivers within the manufacturing environment.

  • Strong organizational skills in strategy, communication at all levels and execution.

  • Strong leadership skills.  Ability to lead, contribute, and influence others in a team-based organization

  • Excellent organizational and people skills, project management skills, with an ability to openly convey information to team members in a timely, concise manner.

  • Understanding of Oracle r12, Google applications, and Microsoft Office preferred


Additional Information

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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