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Supply Chain Supervisor

With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers. At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer, and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected.



  • The Supply Chain Supervisor will serve as a working supervisor for a team of Material Controllers who are responsible for purchased and manufactured parts for global Industrial aftermarket and production demands.



  • Responsible for training and development of staff, estimating personnel needs, assigning work and meeting completion dates
  • Oversees day-to-day aspects of function.  Has impact on budgeting, controlling costs, planning, scheduling, and procedural change.
  • Manage material groups for purchased parts to support the global business needs for both aftermarket and production demands
  • Support action items from Tier I, II & III meetings
  • Minimize parts inventory investment while eliminating customer backorders and production shortages globally
  • Manage material shortages and custom backorders, expediting materials from suppliers, through manufacturing work centers or from outside processing suppliers
  • Evaluate critical data from the safety stock program, and the first pass fill rate performance in managing the inventory
  • Ensure material master data is current and accurate
  • Manage MRP settings in SAP to ensure optimal performance
  • Work with suppliers to ensure that delivery performance (correct date and quantity) is acceptable
  • Coordinate Stock Transfer Orders to locations for your assigned material groups
  • Support the analysis of excess inventory for assigned material group(s)
  • Work with vendors on corrective action and improvement plans when supply performance is below expectations.
  • Lead continuous improvement activities and identify opportunities to eliminate waste in the supply chain.
  • Create standardized methods of planning
  • Interact closely with the manufacturing/distribution sites to achieve service level goals for aftermarket parts and minimize production shortages. 



  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.  A Bachelor's degree in supply chain, purchasing, procurement, business, or computer science preferred.
  • 6+ years experience in materials management or purchasing.
  • Previous experience in materials management or purchasing preferred.
  • Experience in Continuous Improvement and Lean manufacturing.
  • APIC’s (CPIM/CSCP) certification preferred.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship



  • Demonstrated project leadership experience in a high mix low volume distribution/manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to proactively analyze usage trends, delivery performance, and manage inventory levels.
  • Proficient with ERP systems (SAP a plus) and Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong project leadership skills and ability to drive sustainable process improvement.  Experience with standardized work and PFEP (plan for every part) a bonus.
  • Self-motivated and adaptable to change.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to all levels of the organization.
  • Analytical ability and action orientation
  • Attention to detail and highly organized
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Risk taking and adaptability
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Personal initiative and self motivated
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to change
  • Strong team work orientation
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Global awareness
  • Knowledge of LEAN and LEAN principles


Begin your journey with us. Let's reinvent how the world cleans. 


Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, military service, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information (including family medical history), marital status, gender identity or expression, parental status, political or any other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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