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Materials Manager

Linden, TN 37096

Posted: 04/11/2024 Employment Type: Permanent Industry: Supervisory Job Number: KB703724329

Job Description

  • 90-110k

Our client is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Senior Operations / Materials Manager to join their plastic injection molding team. This role will be responsible for overseeing the material management process from procurement to inventory control, ensuring an efficient and cost-effective supply chain for plastic injection molding operations. Your expertise in material planning, sourcing, and inventory management will be crucial in optimizing production, reducing costs, and maintaining high-quality standards. This position requires strong leadership, strategic thinking, and excellent communication skills to collaborate with cross-functional teams and external suppliers.
Material Planning and Sourcing:
  • Collaborate with production, engineering, and purchasing teams to determine material requirements based on production schedules and customer demand.
  • Develop and implement material planning strategies to ensure a consistent supply of raw materials for plastic injection molding operations.
  • Identify and qualify suppliers, negotiate contracts, and establish strong relationships to ensure timely delivery of quality materials at competitive prices.
  • Continuously monitor market trends and industry developments to optimize material selection and sourcing strategies.
Inventory Management:
  • Develop and implement inventory control policies and procedures to optimize stock levels, minimize carrying costs, and prevent shortages or excesses.
  • Coordinate with production and scheduling teams to ensure material availability, avoiding disruptions to the plastic injection molding process.
  • Conduct routine audits, including cycle counts and physical inventory, to ensure accurate inventory records and compliance with corporate policies.
  • Conduct routine audits, including MBOM, Inventory Control parameters, and LPA audits, to ensure inventory accuracy and identify areas for improvement.
  • Analyze inventory performance against targets, identify variances, and lead investigation and problem-solving activities to resolve inventory discrepancies.
  • Recommend and implement corrective actions to improve inventory performance and achieve targets.
Quality Assurance:
  • Collaborate with quality control teams to establish material quality standards, conduct supplier audits, and implement quality assurance programs.
  • Ensure that materials meet specified requirements, comply with industry regulations, and adhere to company quality standards.
  • Resolve material-related quality issues and implement corrective and preventive actions in collaboration with suppliers and internal teams.
Cost Optimization:
  • Identify cost-saving opportunities in material procurement, storage, and handling processes without compromising quality or production efficiency.
  • Analyze pricing trends, negotiate contracts, and implement cost reduction initiatives to achieve financial targets.
  • Monitor and evaluate supplier performance, including pricing, delivery, and quality, to ensure competitiveness and drive continuous improvement.
Team Leadership and Collaboration:
  • Lead a team of material management professionals, providing guidance, coaching, and performance feedback.
  • Foster a collaborative and productive working environment, promoting effective communication and cross-functional collaboration.
  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders, including production, engineering, purchasing, and finance, to align material management activities with overall business objectives.
  • Communicate effectively and work well with fellow team members, fostering a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Provide recognition and positive reinforcement to team members, promoting their development and growth.
  • Investigate and resolve problems among team members assigned to the area, addressing interpersonal conflicts and performance issues.
Problem Resolution and Continuous Improvement:
  • Work with materials, quality, and operations teams to reconcile inventory, receiving, delivery, presentation, and quality discrepancies with inbound or outbound products.
  • Lead investigation and problem-solving activities for inventory variances, implementing corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Drive continuous improvement projects and initiatives related to material management, optimizing processes, and enhancing efficiency.

Qualifications and Skills:
  • Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, operations management, engineering, or a related field. Master's degree is a plus.
  • Proven experience (10 years) in material management, procurement, or supply chain roles within the plastic injection molding industry.
  • Strong knowledge of plastic materials, their properties, and their application in injection molding processes.
  • Solid understanding of material planning, sourcing, and inventory management principles and best practices.
  • Familiarity with relevant regulations, quality standards, and industry certifications (e.g., ISO, FDA) related to material management.
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating contracts, managing supplier relationships, and driving cost optimization initiatives.
  • Proficiency in using material planning and inventory management software or ERP systems.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to interpret data, analyze trends, and make data-driven decisions.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and develop a team of material management professionals.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, suppliers, and stakeholders.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
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