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.

What responsibilities are common for Materials Manager jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Materials Manager jobs?
  • 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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Work/Life Balance
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Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Materials Manager make?

Confident
$92,790 /yr
Total Pay
$72,731
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$20,059
 /yr

Additional Pay

$92,790

 / yr
$52K$230K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Materials Manager Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
28%
2 - 4
37%
5 - 7
19%
8+
16%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Camp Manager
Dec 8, 2020

“I was fortunate enough to have a group of counselors that was both cohesive and fun to work with.”

Bronson Methodist HospitalBronson Methodist Hospital
Materials Management
Aug 4, 2021

“Upper management likes to make changes that don't benefit the people doing the job.”

Boy Scouts of AmericaBoy Scouts of America
Summer Camp Director
Oct 18, 2021

“The people are amazing and working with the kids is beyond gratifying and is in one of the best places in the world.”

Reynolds AmericanReynolds American
Materials Manager
Nov 10, 2020

“Transparent and good pay scale”

Onside Athletics
Summer Camp Director
May 30, 2021

“great team work and fun outings”

CitiCiti
Assistant Vice President Consumer Banking Operations
Jun 11, 2022

“Good pay and rewarding”

Aviation Partnership Philippines
Material Handling Officer
Jun 6, 2021

“Poor employee development and career advancement.”

Sorrento TherapeuticsSorrento Therapeutics
Materials Supervisor
Jan 11, 2022

“Great people and new inventive products.”

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