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.

  • 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
  • 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
28%
2 - 4
37%
5 - 7
19%
8+
16%

Common Skill Sets

SAP Materials
Tool Control
Microsoft Office Suite
SAP MM
APQP
Subcontracting
Powerpoint
Microsoft EXCEL

Materials Manager Seniority Levels

Production Manager
9% made the transition
Supply Chain Manager
35% made the transition
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Materials Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$76,209 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$51K
Median: $76K
$115K
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