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Inventory Manager

COMPANY:  Raven Industries

Sioux Falls, SD, US, 57104-0243

STATUS:  Exempt
REQ ID:  25307


For 60 years, Raven has developed, marketed, and produced technical solutions to great challenges. Utilizing our strength in engineering, manufacturing, and technological innovation, Raven today is a leader in precision agriculture, high performance specialty films, and situational awareness markets. Our purpose to Solve Great Challenges is bold and authentic; it keeps us grounded in markets that have meaning, provide profitable growth, and align with our values.

Deeply committed to protecting Earth’s resources and preserving asset value, Raven Engineered Films produces high-quality flexible film and sheeting. From rugged, textured pond liners to highly-technical balloon film as thin as a sandwich bag, our lighter, stronger film and sheeting solutions are developed to solve demanding challenges. We are looking for dedicated team members to helps us on our pursuit of operational excellence and quality at all levels.


Build your career at a technology-driven company dedicated to Solving Great Challenges. At Raven, our team members have the opportunity to succeed in a highly challenging and rewarding work environment. Working alongside other leaders in the organization you will have the opportunity to grow and develop your skillset while managing $30 million of inventory across 7 sites in SD, TX, CA and CO.  This environment will allow you to grow the skills necessary to continue to advance your career, and will give you plenty of opportunities for you to do so! In addition to the growth opportunities within Planning and Inventory Control Team - there are also opportunities for advancement across the organization.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the reduction of inventory and increase inventory turns throughout the entire supply chain that is sustainable throughout various market seasons.
  • Engage in areas of consistent shortages or overages. Analyze and recommend stocking level changes that align with historical demand and forecast.
  • Identify products or product families to exit or enhance by recommending changes to improve product flow.
  • Work with Manufacturing Engineering Team to ensure collaborative efforts, ensure alignment of work.
  • Develop stocking levels by plant, establish inventory levels by plant per quarter.
  • Pursue methods to optimize inventory storage opportunities.
  • Adjust stocking levels to support operational improvements.
  • Refine Planning Data to align with business needs by working directly with schedulers and master scheduler to implement. Persistently look for methods to increase throughput while decreasing safety stocks.
  • Ensure that the core processes of EFD keep running efficiently by optimizing the availability of inventory.
  • Continually analyze inventory for trends and opportunities for consumption.
  • Classify inventory for quick understanding and actions using Planner Numbers, Product Family, Product Codes, etc. to view and segregate the data.
  • Develop sustainable cycle count plan for all plants including monthly requirements and full physicals in accordance with policy.
  • Work with Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain and Manufacturing to identify ways to improve inventory consumption accuracy, identify trends that drive action.
  • Expand obsolescence review process to engage with supply chain, manufacturing, shipping and sales teams to develop a full plan.
  • Utilize Atlas platform capabilities to aid in a new level of visibility for the division to drive action and change.
  • Maintain close surveillance over inventory control activities.
  • Provide direction on inventory issues, and keep appropriate staff informed of issues or concerns.
  • Provide reports and analysis to monitor and measure effectiveness of inventory management practices.
  • Serve as liaison between departments to assist with activities such as cycle count verifications.
  • May be called upon to perform comparable duties of a similar or related nature and/or assist in other areas as needed.

• Bachelor’s degree in business or technical field.
• Minimum 5 years related experience required; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• C.P.I.M. certification is preferred.

• Demonstrated leadership skills.

• Ability to think critically and collaborate across 7 sites and all departments.
• Considerable knowledge of inventory control procedures.
• Ability to coach, mentor, and empower team members to succeed.
• High level of patience and service. Ability to motivate team members.
• Problem-solving abilities. Ability to identify waste and creatively look for solutions.
• Ability to be flexible and multitask.
• Proficient with a computer.
• Ability to communicate effectively with team members and leadership staff.


Raven is an EO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled.

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