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Materials Manager

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Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0023537
Date Posted: Jan 16, 2024
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:

This position oversees material-related operations to ensure that all incoming and outgoing inventory is processed for Sullair in Michigan City, Indiana. Responsible for material storage and movement within several manufacturing and storage facilities to ensure manufacturing lines receive the correct material when needed.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage material inventory control, shipping and receiving, handling, and storage throughout manufacturing and storage facilities in support of production to ensure delivery demands and schedules are met.

  • Identify opportunities to reduce transportation, storage, and handling costs.

  • Strategize about inventory volumes and storage capacity to maximize productivity, rearranging containers for improved efficiency while allowing material handlers to easily navigate between aisles.

  • Support transformation efforts to digitally transform material handling systems such as automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs), autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), and collaborative robotic arms (cobots) for palletizing.

  • Maintain balanced workloads by shifting assignments, workers and other resources under own control to achieve the most effective material handling and material processing operations.

  • Explain work requirements, methods, and procedures; instruct workers in new procedures; and provide advice when problems arise.

  • Adjust plans, assignments, and methods as necessary to accomplish the work effectively and economically.

  • Coordinate activities with manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, planning, and quality departments to resolve material shortages.

  • Provide weekly schedules for direct reports, including starting/ending times, as well as overtime hours.

  • Monitor overtime hours to stay within budget while maintaining adequate coverage to support operations.

  • Hold direct reports accountable to uphold Sullair values and policies; issue discipline as required in conjunction with the Human Resource Department.

  • Review and execute corrective actions for Near Miss and Recordable safety incidents. Oversee proactive audits for discoveries of potential safety-related issues.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Inventory Management, Supply Chain Management, or Logistics

  • Graduate degree in a logistics- or business-related field a plus

  • Material Management certification, such as CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, and CLT, a plus

Professional experience:

  • Five plus years of experience in material management, including inventory management systems.

  • Ability to establish self as credible leader and partner with site leadership as a trusted member of staff.

  • Humble: respectful, receptive, agile, eager to learn.

  • Transparent: shares critical information, speaks with candor, contributes constructively.

  • Focused: quick learner, strategically prioritizes work, committed.

  • Leadership ability: strong communicator, decision-maker, collaborative.

  • Problem solver: analytical-minded, challenges existing processes, critical thinker.

  • Working knowledge of Inventory Control Software, SAP, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).

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

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