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Materials Manager

Job Description

Position Title:Materials Manager
Location:Farmington Hills, MI

Job Summary

This position is responsible for leading the material planners in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Chickasha, Oklahoma and Queretaro, Mexico.  A key individual on the management team that will be expected to bring the planning processes and procedures to the next level of excellence by developing and delivering best practices.  This role will also provide management with timely and accurate information on material related performance including inventory levels and product delivery.

Principle Responsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and controls activities related to the planning function
  • Accountable for raw material inventory levels and product delivery for all sites
  • Prepares policies, process and instructions regarding materials systems and procedures
  • Develops material planning metrics to be shared and reviewed with the leadership team on a monthly basis
  • Drives supply base performance enhancements and leads all continuous improvement projects
  • Trains, develops, empowers and evaluates planning team
  • Acts as the point of contact for all escalated materials issues
  • Designs, implements, manages, and monitors parameters in the planning system
  • Creates workable implementation plans as needed
  • Works with cross functional teams to build commitment, overcomes resistance,  and to prepare and support those affected by change
  • Communicates effectively and leads daily shortage calls


  • Proven leadership skills including project planning and the ability to adopt new technologies to managers, employees and other logistics and materials professionals
  • Makes sound decisions in a timely and confident manner.
  • Strong motivational skills with the demonstrated ability to mentor and drive for continuous improvement
  • Fosters open communication and values learning
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present data in an organized manner
  • A demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment, to take initiative, to work independently of day-to-day supervision, and to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong commitment to providing world-class customer service, anticipating customer needs and designing, promoting or supporting the delivery of products and services that exceed their expectations.
  • Problem solving and analyses, careful and systematic evaluation of information, possible alternatives and consequences.
  • Multi-lingual (Spanish, Chinese and English) a plus


  • BS/BA degree required
  • 5-7 years experience in a materials management role with multi-site responsibilities
  • 2-3 years of international business exposure, specifically with Mexico and China
  • APICS certification a plus
  • Knowledge of SAP highly desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
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