Director Supply Chain Operations - Broomfield, CO

Date: Aug 10, 2019

Location: BROOMFIELD, CO, US, 80021

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.


Job Summary

The scope of this position includes management of 20-30 FTEs, plus $400M+ of inventory, $50M+ of transportation expense, and both outsourced and in-house operations.

Inventory planning is a key function for this role, which requires balancing working capital, expense and service levels. It also involves leading a team responsible for demand and supply planning, managing vendor and capital forecasting, collaborating with stakeholders and suppliers, managing product transitions and lifecycle, and developing and presenting capital plans to the executive team. 

Logistics management includes managing transportation partners and associated processes, third party logistics providers, and the teams that perform these functions.

Job Description


  • Management of inventory -primarily network equipment- maximizing service levels and reuse of equipment, while minimizing total costs and inventory levels. Oversee planning processes and systems, driving continuous improvement of process and outcomes.
  • Own inventory forecast and planning process, including demand and supply planning, collaboration with internal stakeholders and vendors, and development and tracking of financial approvals and metrics. Partner with Accounting to manage inventory reserve policy.
  • Responsible for development and management of an effective lifecycle process, ensuring smooth introduction and transition, and effective ramp down while allowing for post deployment support.
  • Management of direct freight activities with annual costs totaling more than $50 million, ensuring cost effective transportation service through effective management of routing, scheduling, and delivery of all purchased products. This also includes overall management of any outsourced processes relative to freight auditing, trade compliance, and day-to-day freight management.
  • Project management of key initiatives, including insourcing efforts, vendor transition, process changes and other continuous improvement initiatives.  Develop business cases, partner with Finance to vet them, present to executive team to gain support and approval, and manage implementation.
  • Budget management, including expense, inventory and headcount, ensuring proper level of resources, while continuously improving processes and reducing total cost of ownership.
  • Team management, including hiring, developing, evaluating, while continuously raising the bar.


  • Minimum of 10-15 years of experience or the equivalent in training and experience, with progressive responsibilities in Supply Chain Management environment. Strong inventory planning experience required, ideally leading Sales & Operations Planning process
  • Analytical skills and proven experience in negotiation with clients and suppliers
  • Demonstrated leadership, oral and written communication, interpersonal relationship building, decision making skills



Preferred Qualifications

  • Typically 15+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience in Supply Chain Management in Telecommunications industry
  • Manages inventory and expense budgets to positively impact margin and free cashflows



Bachelors or Equivalent in Business, Supply Chain Management or equivalent

Masters or Equivalent in Business, Supply Chain Management or equivalent



Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Broomfield

Requisition #: 214123

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at 

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The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.

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