What does a Materials Manager do?
A materials manager is responsible for managing inventory and purchasing procedures of raw materials and other supplies within a company. Material managers collaborate with other managers to determine supply needs, purchase supplies and materials according to specifications and coordinate and supervise receiving procedures. Materials managers work in a variety of settings, however, warehouses are where they are most employed.
A bachelor's degree in Logistics or a relevant field is required for material managers as well as 3 years experience in a supervisory role. Successful material managers possess excellent organizational skills and have a deep understanding of forecasting and budgeting.
- Maintains optimum inventory levels to ensure on-time deliveries to meet customer requirements
- Responsible for continuing programs of exploration for new materials, suppliers, and processes to achieve the best possible quality, reliability, prices, continuity, and delivery
- Establishes procedures and supervises the annual physical inventory
- Supervise, evaluate and coach staff members
- Interfaces with product line coordinators on the planning and forecasting of customer orders to meet shipments
- Maintain relationships and negotiate with suppliers
- Purchase supplies and materials according to specifications
- Ensures that the company standard practices and procedures are followed in connection with all materials department functions
- 3+ years' experience in logistics role or related experience
- Ability to lead team members
- Customer service-oriented
- Familiarity with supply chain and inventory management systems
- Knowledgeable of forecasting and budgeting
- Ability to solve problems swiftly
- Working knowledge of SAP MM
- Excellent organizational and leadership skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office
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