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Avantor, Inc. IT Director Supply Chain Manufacturing, Quality and Compliance in Texas

Job SummaryRemote in the United States will be considered.The IT Director Production, Quality and Compliance is end-to-end responsible on global level for the application systems in the areas assigned to him/her. In this position he/she reports to the VP of Application development reporting into the Enterprise Services organization of Avantor.To meet the growing expectations of the business, this role is responsible for defining and driving a proper application strategy, streamlining the processes and implementing them in our ERP systems. These applications are currently based upon multiple SAP ECC & S4/Hana applications but also include proprietary/ custom applications outside SAP and an external quality system. This application strategy should result in a roadmap for the Avantor application landscape which is capable to support new business requirements and additional acquired organizational units.In addition, this role is responsible for partnering with business stakeholders to drive improvements. Participation in several (international) taskforces and global/local projects is a key component of the role. Given the scope of the organization some applications are subject to ITAR, GMP and/or Pharma related regulations.


  • Be a trusted partner for our business stakeholders

  • Set goals and strategies for critical technologies and initiatives

  • Managing a global IT team responsible for the various sub-areas. Prioritize the work for the team

  • Develop , design and implement new processes on existing 3rd party applications and custom software development

  • Drive Continuous improvement of existing processes

  • Build and maintain relationships within the Enterprise Services department

  • Participate in and lead (global/local ) projects

  • Help driving our company through the S4/HANA journey and execute our application service roadmap accordingly

  • Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS (Education/Training, Experience and Certifications)

  • Requires 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience. Master's degree preferred or equivalent work experience

  • 10+ years’ experience in IT ERP application systems

  • Minimum of 5 life-cycle implementations of SAP, preferably in an international environment

  • SAP ECC6.0 (10+ years’ ) and S4/HANA experience (3-5 years’) is required

  • Experience in developing the strategy and executing a SAP transformation program from ECC to S4

  • Knowledge of other related applications (SAP/GTS, LIMS system, label requirements and compliant shipment documentation, dangerous goods handling)

  • Minimum 5 years progressive leadership experience in IT or similar environment

  • Experience leading IT professionals required

  • SAP Certifications and/or courses work a plus

  • Experience in business process re-engineering or process improvement

  • Experience of validated systems and audits is certainly preferred

  • Warehouse and Inventory Management expertise is not a must but preferred

  • Must be a US person (1) located on US soil (ITAR)

(1)a natural person who is a lawful permanent resident as defined in 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or who is a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Those necessary to perform the job competently)

  • Knowledge of SAP best practices and SAP Implementation Methodology desirable

  • Proven proficiency / knowledge (10+ years) in following areas

  • SAP production and production planning processes

  • SAP quality management processes

  • Compliance & Quality Assurance processes

  • Master data objects in SAP PP and QM

  • Strong technical analysis skills for creating optimal solutions for the business

  • Strong technical and functional knowledge and ability to express complex technical concepts in terms understandable to the business

  • Good understanding of the integration points across SAP modules

  • Hands-on system

  • Effective communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-tasking stressful environment, working independently and prioritizing work

  • Must have strong teamwork skills and the ability to develop working relationships

  • Must be able to communicate with all levels of management as well as to employees in the business

  • Must be highly motivated, have a great work ethic and enjoy working as part of an international team


  • Typically works in an office environment with adequate lighting and ventilation and a normal range of temperature and noise level.

  • A frequent volume of work and deadlines impose strain on routine basis.

  • May intermittently travel domestically, international travel is unlikely.

  • A certain flexibility of working hours is expected.

  • Minimal physical effort is required. Work is mostly sedentary but does require walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting or carrying objects that typically weigh less than 10 lbs.

DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

EEO Statement

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW Poster, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Provision using the links below.

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3rd party non-solicitation policy

By submitting candidates without having been formally assigned on and contracted for a specific job requisition by Avantor, or by failing to comply with the Avantor recruitment process, you forfeit any fee on the submitted candidates, regardless of your usual terms and conditions. Avantor works with a preferred supplier list and will take the initiative to engage with recruitment agencies based on its needs and will not be accepting any form of solicitation

Avantor® is a leading global provider of integrated, tailored solutions for the life sciences and advanced technology industries. Strengthened by the recent acquisition of VWR, the Company is a trusted partner to customers and suppliers from discovery to delivery. With operations in more than 30 countries and a diverse portfolio that includes more than four million products, Avantor enables customer success through innovation, cGMP manufacturing and comprehensive service offerings. Collectively, we set science in motion to create a better world.

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