Materials Manager

Job Description:

Primary responsibilities include the management and controlling of all material flows and inventories, balancing demand and supply, and securing exceptional cost-effective delivery performance to customers.

Provides leadership for Basic Data Management, Production Control, Inventory Management, Scheduling, Warehousing, Purchasing / Vendor Management, and Shipping / Receiving.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Plan, create and manage production jobs according to customer requirements and inventory strategies to coordinate proper scheduling and balancing of demand and supply.
  • Maintain and continuously improve basic data processes and data quality through entire product life cycle.
  • Manage the overall purchasing process (RFQ, supplier selection, negotiations, supplier agreements, contract management, vendor releases, deliveries, etc.)
  • Responsible for inventories and inventory management to optimize overall value, and minimize slow-moving and obsolete inventory.
  • Manage an inventory control system, capable of identifying discrepancies in inventory counts and taking corrective action to guard against inconsistencies in the future.
  • Participate in corporate planning routines (budget, forecasting, investments, staff, capacities).
  • Develop tools and KPI’s to support the materials and logistics process with accurate and timely communication of information
  • Works closely with other departments, particularly Production, Accounting, Controlling, Sales, and IT to optimize material control and flow, and provide flawless deliveries to customers.

Educational requirements and experience:

  • BBA in Business, Supply Chain Management or similar area of study.  Master’s Degree a plus.

  • Minimum 7 years progressive leadership experience in a combination of purchasing, planning, logistics, production control and/or inventory control in a manufacturing environment.  Automotive experience a strong plus.

  • Expert knowledge of SAP and MS Office required.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills. 


Commensurate with experience, $80,000+ / year


Portage, MI