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Materials Manager

By September 29, 2022September 30th, 2022No Comments

Part of the leadership team reporting to the General Manager, Materials Manager has total responsibility for materials planning and logistics activities that include inventory management, material planning, forecasting & replenishment, warehousing, logistics and indirect procurement. This is a critical role within the plant operations that ensure on-time customer order fulfillment and delivery. This role drives strong collaboration with finance, controlling, supply chain and program management teams within plant and corporate settings.


  • Independent responsibility for material and logistics planning, inventory planning, release management, on-hand inventory accuracy, forecasting and replenishment, freight optimization.
  • Lead a team of materials planners and plant procurement teams; identify needs for skill development and focus on training and performance improvement of the team.
  • Design most optimal material planning and inventory solutions, taking into consideration EBITDA, working capital and on-time execution of customer orders; Supervise, initiate, control and direct the activities of all personnel involved in ensuring on-time delivery at minimum cost of labor and materials
  • A significant contributor to the financial success of the plant operation by ensuring customer satisfaction is a key priority.
  • Lead continuous improvement plans as it relates to materials planning, freight management, space optimization and timely customer order fulfillment.
  • Develop analytical tools and daily best practices as it relates to inventory optimization and risk mitigation.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to the materials planning team as it relates to ERP and inventory management best practices.
  • Train materials personnel in TS16949, ISO 14001, Health and Safety, and facility policies, procedures and work instructions as they apply to their role.
  • Lead physical inventories, monitor inventory levels and adjust accordingly.
  • Timely execution of performance appraisals for direct reports.
  • Ensure coordination between materials planning, production schedules and shipping schedules to meet customer requirements.
  • Coordinate all sub-contracting activities


  • A bachelor’s degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics is preferred.
  • Certification in Supply Chain/Materials Management Program from an accredited institution will be a distinct advantage.
  • Minimum 5 years functional experience in materials and inventory management
  • Hands-on experience in monitoring and ensuring inventory accuracy, inventory turnover rates and order fill rates to diagnose inventory planning, forecasting and replenishment problems.
  • Have led material planning and inventory performance improvement projects in fast paced manufacturing settings.
  • Demonstrate planning and analytical skills; able to recommend and implement sustainable supply planning and inventory management solutions to drive operational performance improvements.
  • Solid experience in collaborating with controllers and other managers to make forecasts and build inventories that are compatible with plant’s production and sales strategies and budgets.
  • Possess excellent communication skills to interact with co-workers, customers and suppliers about operational matters.
  • Solid experience in evaluating and analyzing risks associated with material planning and inventory management; hands-on experience in managing customer demand variations.
  • Working knowledge of freight planning, lane optimization.
  • Solid knowledge of ERP system/BI reporting. Familiarity with computer applications and communications software. Able to train people on IT systems.
  • Working experience on continuous improvement initiatives in supply chain/plant operations settings.
  • APICS /CPIM certification preferred
  • Hands on experience in scheduling and inventory planning in an ERP system environment.