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Materials Team Lead - 2nd Shift

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Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0022147
Date Posted: Oct 9, 2023
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Management
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

A highly visible front-line position leading a material handler team. Leads team responsible for the material movement and handling within the production and warehouse facilities.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist Supervisor in, and lead in Supervisor’s absence, the day-to-day allocation of resources to achieve production targets.
  • Identify, develop, and implement best practices in safety, quality, on-time delivery, and cost reduction.
  • Understand and communicate work priorities based on customer needs and resource availability.
  • Ensure the team has all necessary parts, tools, information, and instructions in their area.
  • Report all barriers to production with a sense of urgency.
  • Use problem-solving skills and root cause analysis to resolve and/or mitigate operational issues.
  • Assist in training employees on the weekly safety topics and ensure compliance to all safety policies.
  • Read, interpret and follow basic engineering drawings, P&I, assembly drawings, WD drawings, specifications, work instructions, bills of materials, and other written instructions.
  • Have the aptitude to learn, perform, and then ultimately train others to perform all production tasks in their assigned area.
  • Understand quality specifications and inspection criteria in the work areas and train others to the same.
  • Identify product defects and complete appropriate documentation when defects are identified.
  • Operate material handling equipment, including forklifts and overhead cranes.
  • Ensure use of proper material handling practices and maintain inventory control through accurate transactions.
  • Promote a culture of inclusion and teamwork to ensure a high performing team.



  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Associates degree or other post high school training (2 years duration) preferred
  • Supply Chain Management certification, such as CLA and CLT, a plus

Professional experience:

  • Three of more years of shop floor material handling and/or manufacturing experience
  • Forklift, crane, and other material handling operations
  • One or more years of leadership experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of SAP, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Experience working as a critical team member and leading a team requiring minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and train others
  • Computer skills (i.e., spreadsheets, data entry, email)
  • Demonstrated ability to read, understand, and interpret information from measurement devices

Key behaviors:

  • Lifting up to 35 lbs, lifting over 35 lbs. requires a lifting device, crane, or assistance from another associate
  • Standing and walking minimum of 8 hours, must be able to bend/stoop, squat/crouch, kneel and twist
  • Must understand and comply with Sullair Safety Standards
  • Ability to work flexible shifts and overtime
  • Assertive, Passionate, Critical Thinking, Process Driven, Good Communication Skills, Team Oriented
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