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
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Materials Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£36,508 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £37K
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Materials Manager Career Path

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Boy Scouts of AmericaBoy Scouts of America
Summer Camp Director
18 Oct 2021

“The people are amazing and working with the kids is beyond gratifying and is in one of the best places in the world.”

Reynolds AmericanReynolds American
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10 Nov 2020

“Transparent and good pay scale”

Onside Athletics
Summer Camp Director
30 May 2021

“great team work and fun outings”

Aviation Partnership Philippines
Material Handling Officer
6 Jun 2021

“Poor employee development and career advancement.”

XXXX Brewery
Senior Manager Materials
17 Sep 2020

“Management. doing well and nothing to advise”

Tokyo ElectronTokyo Electron
Materials Specialist II
16 Apr 2021

“It was difficult to start employment during the pandemic and I am sure my new employee experience would have been better in different times.”

Manager Materials Management
16 Aug 2021

“It is good to work cooperation from seniors”

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Materials Manager
4 Jul 2021

“Yearly increment are not good”

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