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Materials Manager


Rogers, AR, US

REQ ID:  35792

With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 9,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $1.9 billion in revenues in fiscal 2020. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Job Title: Materials Manager

Location: Rogers, AR


 Job Summary and Mission:

The Materials Manager works under the supervision of the plant manager and will oversee the planning, procurement, storage, control, and distribution of materials and products according to company needs and customer requirements. He / she will be the primary liaison between GLS, CSRs, manufacturing, and finance to develop an executable plant that meets service and financial requirements.


Key Job Responsibilities:


  • Manage all plant location inventory including raw, semi, WIP, and finished goods to ensure inventory turns target is achieved monthly. Focus to minimize and eliminate excess and obsolete inventory.
  • Responsible for procurement and forecasting of raw materials, semi-finished, and the distribution of all products upon completion of the manufacturing process.
  • Create and monitor reports on an ongoing basis for OTP, inventory, shipments, backorders, lead time, and forecast accuracy.
  • Develops routing and B.O.M information for products, including cost and material flow throughout manufacturing process. Ensure system integrity around these processes.
  • Maintain all material master data including safety stock, lot size, lead time, product group, scrap rates, delivery times, and costs.
  • Coordinate the SIOP initiatives and goals of GLS pertaining to lead times, production, fill rates, OTP, etc… and acts as liaison between the CSRs and sales representatives.
  • Direct shop floor by balancing production output with sales to ensure operational alignment and monitor to the forecast. Collaborate with manufacturing to identify and resolve capacity constraints.
  • Ensure execution of monthly plant production plan using monthly GLS forecast and custom solutions orders by coordinating with plant manager and manufacturing manager.
  • Directs and leads the plant shipping and receiving team to ensure orders are received in and shipped out on time with no quality issues.
  • Maintains and ensures accuracy of the perpetual inventory system through monthly cycle counts on raw and finished goods.
  • Manages and monitors WIP throughout the manufacturing shop to ensure orders are started and finished on time.
  • Identifies opportunities to reduce costs throughout supply chain activities.
  • Works with suppliers and vendors to schedule delivery of materials and outsourced orders.
  • Ensure production order schedule adherence using SAP PPDS software.


Preferred Areas of Education, Certifications, and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 7+ years of experience in manufacturing including the areas of MRP, shop floor control and master scheduling.
  • An in depth understanding of functions and features of a computer based MRP systems (SAP desired) is highly desired.
  • Must have knowledge in routings, B.O.Ms, safety stocks, lot sizes, and reorder points.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the proven ability to work well with all levels of management and staff.
  • APICS certification is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal communication, written communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient with inventory reporting systems.
  • Excellent analytical skills including proficient in Microsoft Office, PowerBI, Tableau, and Kinaxis
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Results driven individual
  • A thorough understanding of product cost accounting, budget planning, Profit & loss forecasting/variance analysis is necessary
  • Desired candidate with supervisory skills and documented supervisory experience

As part of our core values, Kennametal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people.  We are an Equal Opportunity employer.

Nearest Major Market: Fayetteville

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