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Did you know: As an executive recruiting firm, we’ve learned that 3/4 of adults earning between $178,500 and $438,200 annual base salary that VOLO networks with do not use social media. That’s correct 75% don’t have time for it, aren’t reading our google ads, and don’t know about our amazing SEO best practices. Their free time is filled with strolling through meadows, journaling, meditation, long conversations, and lots of lots of ‘being present.  They hear about VOLO via a friend of a friend because word-of-mouth advertising still works.

Did you also know:  Confidential senior-level gigs are normally not posted online for various reasons (e.g., launching a new product line, M&A activity, and replacing an executive). As a result, within our job postings, we removed specific details on each role. Details are provided to qualified candidates after an NDA is signed.

About Us

VOLO is a global executive recruitment firm. We’re working on assignments from Sydney to Shanghai to Amsterdam to Long Island. We recruit extraordinary talent in the Top Quartile that’s participated their organization’s “Emerging Leaders Program” or “Executive Leadership Development Program.”

Our Clients

Our clients are disruptive innovative growth organizations within Aerospace, AI, Biotechnology, Blockchain Technology, Chemicals, Defense, DNA Sequencing, Energy Storage, EVs, Medical Devices, and Robotics. Growth Technology Segments. They ended the year with solid performance, exceeding their 2020 guidance EPS, free cash flows, and margins. They are high-performance, technology-focused global operating organizations.

Extraordinary Talent Exploring Career Options

Clearly organizations develop, mentor, and promote their best and brightest people. As an individual, you know if your industry will be disrupted, if your organization is no longer competitive, or if your career is getting stuck in the mud. So, don’t be left behind in your career or hoodwinked by retention incentives in times of transformative change.

Executive Interview Process @ VOLO

1.   After a candidate applies to the job, every resume is reviewed by the executive search team, not a computer algorithm.

2.   If your background meets (ideally, exceeds) our client’s executive recruiting team’s requirements, you will get contacted via email, text, or old-school phone call within 24 hours.

3.   It’s Game Time! Multiple interviews with the search committee.

4.   Offer stage 🙂

5.   New hire on-boarding 🙂

What If I am not 100% a perfect fit for the job?

Apply. Apply. Apply. That’s what we’d do if we were in your shoes. If we don’t know who you are, we cannot consider you for this or any other leadership position.

According to a Harvard Business Review article, “Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.” Source: Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified by Tara Sophia Mohr.  So Apply. Apply. Apply.

What if you are NOT contacted?

Ugh, we hate this part. After careful review, your application was not selected for further consideration by the search committee. We encourage you to apply again in the future should you see a job posting that fits your qualifications.

Note: Even if your application was not selected, we are simultaneously reviewing it for other confidential recruiting assignments.

Job Title

Associate Director Supply Chain and Materials Management.  NOTE: This is NOT a Hybrid/WFH assignment. The leadership team is on-site.

  • Targeting product-driven companies (e.g., Airbus, GE, L3Harris, Siemens, and Whirlpool).

Smaller organizations (e.g., $80M to $500M revenue) give this role a Director or VP title.

Global multinationals (e.g., $10+ billion revenue) deflate the title to Associate Director, Senior Manager, or Leader.

The new hires must have had promotions within their organizations (not switching companies every other year).

Example #1. As a kid, she ran a very profitable lemonade stand in their neighborhood. They recruited their friends and created a new business model. Instead of waiting for customers, they knocked on every door & sold two lemonades 80% of the time. Now, due to covid, she has two jobs internally, Manager of Procurement ($30M annual spend & 500+ suppliers) and Manager of Quality (leads the quality team), at a Fortune 100 American multinational company.  She has progressed through their Engineering Leadership Development Program and reports to three people – Global Director Purchasing, Global Director Quality and Site/Plant Manager. But what she is really proud of is that she was able to get half of their team promoted. The other half wanted to stay in their current roles & are rated in the top 20% within the organization.

Example #2. At Defense Co, she started as a Quality Engineer and was promoted into Manufacturing. She has led quality, manufacturing, and procurement teams. Also, she was the Program Manager leading a $60M P&L for the manufacturing site. In Q4 2021, she was scheduled to rotate back into the site’s head of quality six sigma role. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, there is a backlog of senior managers within the organization waiting to get promoted. She was hoping to get promoted within 2-3 years but now it will take a lot longer.

Example #3. After graduating high school, she earned a scholarship to a community college. The Dean connected her with a GM at an Aerospace Company and she joined their co-op program. She later transferred to Farmingdale State College on a full-ride scholarship, made the Dean’s list a couple of times, and graduated from their school of engineering. She joined the Engineering Leadership Development program at another large aerospace corporation with manufacturing plants in the United States and the United Kingdom. After rotating through several positions, she excelled in lean six sigma and started leading the quality team in Connecticut. This winter, they’re talking about promoting her to the middle of nowhere (that’s not her plan). Now, she is thinking about relocating to a bigger city. Living on Long Island would be a good match so she can access Manhattan & the Hamptons on the weekends. Even a flight from NYC to Puerto Rico only takes 3 hours. Long term, she could see herself getting promoted to another business unit site.

Example #4. At Global Tractor Co., he was promoted rapidly within quality, supply chain, and purchasing operations across three manufacturing sites. KPIs: perfect. Emotional Intelligence score: awesome. Surfing skills: radical. But there are no waves/no beaches in Illinois and he has wanted to explore life in a big city for a few years. Now, he is searching for a global corporation that’s rapidly growing with manufacturing plants from New York to California to Florida. Getting started on Long Island seems like a good match.

Example #5. At an FMCG company, he has impressed a lot of senior leaders and stopped counting his “You Make A Difference Awards.” He is STEM major working for a corporation run by marketing and sales. Now, he’s looking for a corporation driven by engineering & technology people (not sales & marketing). Procurement & Supply Chain is the same whether you are working on a toothpaste factory line or a top-secret manufacturing project. He is reading this ad and thinking “I’m about to start a new project. But who knows when I will reach the E-band (we’re run by sales & marketing). So I’m going to apply & see what happens. I have nothing to lose since I already have a job that pays the bills.”

Example #6. While at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, she excelled and athletically. She received her baccalaureate degree and was commissioned as an officer. After proudly serving her country, she joined a large industrial automation corporation that makes widgets (and widgets aren’t too exciting). As the Manager of Materials Management, Supply Chain, & Zero Defects (aka Quality), she leads a team of twenty-two.  Now, she is ready to switch organizations.

Example #7. At Medical Devices Co… It’s the same story. The person is humble and hungry. But they’re a little stuck. This gig will get them un-stuck.

Industry Experience

Any manufacturing product organization (e.g., consumer goods, medical devices, aerospace, defense, and industrial goods).


At a minimum, candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree is a plus.


These roles transition into larger procurement roles or into manufacturing, program manager, director manufacturing, and GM/VP roles anywhere from Coast to Coast (or global HQ).

Next Steps

1.   Relax this is a long job posting.

2.   Apply. Again, if your background meets (ideally, exceeds) our client’s executive recruiting team’s requirements, you will get contacted via email, text, or old-school phone call within 24 hours.

3.   Follow VOLO Careers International on Linkedin. We don’t post most jobs because we’ll direct message people that we know first.

4.   Share the job ad with your friends. We’re typically only two degrees away (“a friend of a friend”) from someone that may need your help.

5.   Enjoy your day 🙂

Thank you for reading this job posting. At VOLO, we are always recruiting extraordinary leaders that want to be part of something bigger than themselves.

How To Apply

Send your resume to: and write brief introduction.  Subject Line: Long Island, Associate Director Supply Chain & Materials Management

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