Materials Manager
Avery Dennison Corporation - Meridian, MS

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The Materials Manager has the responsibility for managing all material planning/scheduling, movement and control activities.

1. The following functions report to the Materials Manager: Materials Planning, Production Control, Inventory, and Raw Material Inbound Shipping and Receiving.

2. To ensure all work and materials provided to internal and external customers is in accordance to the standard.

a. Manage the Material process in an efficient and effective manner to ensure appropriate material is provided to Manufacturing in a timely manner.
b. Drive standardization and optimization of materials management process.
c. Lead projects to improve materials management and align processes.


Develop, implement and manage cross-functional, fully integrated planning process that incorporates make versus buy, capacity planning, scheduling, inventory, material and associated cost elements.

Leads and maintains systems, programs and practices to create efficiencies within the supply chain and deliver financial and operational value to the system. Maintains high customer service levels throughout the system.

Performs analysis of customer demand, sales forecasts and historical material usage to develop and execute build to order and build to forecast plans.

Coordinate with cross-functional business teams to develop the best economic strategy for production planning to support customer demand.

Establish and implement methods and best practices related to the systems and process that support inventory forecasting, purchasing, and material control.

Establishes and supervises production scheduling activities by monitoring material inventories, tracking progress of production and reviewing factors that affect schedules.

Develop and execute a sourcing strategy to meet the company's business growth and sourcing requirements.
Identify, develop and manage effective relationships with existing and potential suppliers of goods and services to meet the established cost, quality and delivery targets.

Establish, implement, and manage system to evaluate, monitor and report supplier scorecard performance.

Adhere to established company policies, procedures, terms and conditions and legal matters that affect purchasing policies.

Coordinate and work with quality, engineering, machining and assembly operations to ensure 100% on-time delivery by establishing and monitoring schedule to proactively identify and address any issues.

Responsible for accuracy of inventory counts by implementing and managing, in conjunction with Finance, an inventory control system, capable of identifying discrepancies in inventory counts and taking corrective action to guard against inconsistencies in the future.

Achieves financial objectives by working with management group to prepare the materials budget, schedule expenditures, analyze variances and initiate corrective actions.

Participates as a member of the operations team in making cross-functional operational decisions.

Participates in Material Review Board (MRB) and Corrective Action Review (CAR) meetings to resolve quality issues working with both internal and external resources.

Collaborate with Engineering, Manufacturing, Finance and Quality to achieve cost reduction targets.


Maintain and provide current understanding of industry best practices and technology trends.

Identify tools, processes and metrics to optimize supplier value.

Leads by example and motivates people so as to create a challenging, empowering, and collaborative working environment.

Good organization, documentation, and record keeping skills.

Good analytical problem solving ability.

Ability to contribute in a cross functional collaborative environment.

Financial skills including cost modeling and cost analysis.

Ability to leverage metrics and other tools to drive supplier performance.

Position Requirements:

BS degree in business, management or other related discipline. Masters in related field a plus.

At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in management of materials and sourcing within a manufacturing environment.

ELS (Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma) knowledge and experience.

Working knowledge and understanding of ERP/MRP systems and their use in a manufacturing environment.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Ability to demonstrate solid written and oral communication skills.

APICS certification.

Ability to direct and coordinate multiple tasks.

Demonstrated ability to work productively with internal teams and customers.

Six Sigma greenbelt certification desired.

Physical Work Location:
4100 Hwy 45 North Meridian Ms. 39301

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