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Senior Manager, Materials

PurposeBuilt Brands

PurposeBuilt Brands

Kenosha, WI, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024

The Materials Manager leads a team to ensure the efficient and accurate movement of materials in support of manufacturing needs and customer requirements. This includes interfacing with Procurement and Planning to maintain inventory and provide an uninterrupted supply for production. Monitors practices, procedures, and outputs with a continuous improvement mindset and adjusts to achieve optimal material flow through the operation.


  • Develops methods, practices and techniques to ensure the most economical movement of materials through the supply chain to achieve cost-effective manufacturing logistics practices and inventory levels while meeting customer delivery requirements.

  • Ensures that policies, procedures and systems are in place to ensure continuous operations and demand fulfillment

  • Closely monitors Supply Chain output measures (i.e. Attainment, Material Availability, Inventory Accuracy, Schedule Efficiency) and develops tactics and strategies to ensure plant/product line optimal supply chain execution.

  • Develops and implements both short-term and long-term plans to align with departmental and operations strategies

  • Supports and drives the continuous improvement strategy

  • Ensures effective communications and relationships are developed and maintained with support functions

  • Regularly monitors production schedules, forecasts, inventories, and related information to adjust plan to fulfill production requirements

  • Reviews needed materials for schedule changes and confirms if the material can support. Communicates this information to planning and buyers.

  • Identifies at risk materials and works directly with Procurement and Planning to develop actions to address in a timely manner.

  • Monitors and request follow ups with Procurement and Planning on overdue and at-risk materials to ensure uninterrupted supply to production

  • Works with Procurement and Planning to proactively investigate, notify, and assist in resolving problems resulting from material shortages.

  • Actively monitors and addresses inventory discrepancies or issues to ensure inventory accuracy for assigned categories.

  • Manages obsolete, aged and expired materials

  • Analyzes data and prepares consolidated managerial reports as needed to facilitate and recommend actions

  • Meets regularly with direct reports to set goals and monitor progress towards goals

  • Ensures compliance with all company policies and procedures (EEO, Sexual Harassment, Safety, Quality, etc.)

  • Role may require off-shift and weekend work as needed

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Address systematic manufacturing issues through Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA) processes

  • Ability to deliver results and lead people/projects in a manufacturing environment

  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast paced environment

  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with all levels of management and staff.

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Ability to coach and mentor employees on a one-on-one basis, as well as a group

  • Lead others through the highest qualities of ethics, values, integrity, and trust

  • Advanced critical thinking skills

  • Advanced continuous learning capabilities

  • Proficient with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems (Experience with Syspro is a plus)

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Supply Chain management or similar field (or equivalent experience)


  • 8+ years of cross-functional experience in a Materials/Supply Chain leadership position

  • CPG experience is a must

  • Proven experience with Continuous Improvement (i.e. Lean, Six Sigma, TPM)


  • Combination of extended periods of standing and/or sitting

  • Extended periods of time operating a computer

  • May climb stairs multiple times per day.

  • Occasional lifting of 50 pounds

WORK LOCATION: Gurnee, Illinois


TRAVEL REQUIRED: Approximately 10%