Manager Materials

Date: May 21, 2024

Location: Auburn, AL, US, 36830

Company: Briggs & Stratton

What does a Manager of Materials do?

As the Manager of Materials  your goal is to manage the flow of materials into, through, and out of the facility. You will collaborate with managers and teams throughout the facility to determine inventory and purchasing needs as they relate to production demand and forecasts and mitigate discrepancies and disruptions as they arise.


You will do this by:


  • Leads team to optimize forecast, demand planning and creates supply plans that ensure availability of service parts and products
  • Monitors forecasts and demand to identify changes or to determine their effect on supply chain activities
  • Defines performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of supply chain factors, inventory accuracy, and shipping/receiving compliance
  • Analyzes inventories to determine how to increase inventory turns, manage fill rates, determine estimated time of arrival, reduce waste, or optimize customer service
  • Manages production scheduling to meet the sales forecast
  • Ensures component and product inventory is stored and managed in an appropriate manner
  • Partners with Corporate functions to ensure proper roll out and adherence to corporate Supply Chain directives along with maximizing synergies with other Briggs & Stratton entities
  • Manages activities related to tactical purchasing, material requirements planning, inventory control, Kanban, vendor managed inventory, logistics, warehousing, shipping and receiving
  • Participates in the coordination of engineering changes, product line extensions, or new product launches to ensure orderly and timely transitions in material or production flow
  • Performs full range of managerial responsibilities which may include but not be limited to: interviewing, hiring, coaching and developing employees; planning, assigning and directing work; EEO/AA; performance management; department budget
  • Performs other duties as assigned


The above statements are intended only to describe the general nature of the job and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of position responsibilities. 

You are the kind of person who has:

  • Excellent organization and record-keeping skills.
  • A Keen eye for discrepancies and disruptions.
  • A problem-solver.


Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management or a related field.
  • Typically requires a minimum of seven years of experience in supply chain management. 


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience with SAP or other ERP systems is a plus.
  • Experience in a high volume manufacturing environment is a plus.
  • APICS Certified in Production and Inventory management (CPIM)
  • Six Sigma Black-Belt


Additional Knowledge & Skills:


  • Thorough knowledge of manufacturing, distribution, inventory, and quality procedures and management programs and systems
  • Comprehensive understanding of integrated supply chain management including demand planning, forecasting and procurement
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of people inside and outside of the corporation
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to exercise judgment and make critical decisions
  • Proficient computer skills including familiarity with enterprise resource planning and business intelligence/analytics systems, Google, and MS Office applications
  • Fluent in English and primary language used in area of responsibility and/or location


Travel Required: 


  • % of Travel: 5-10%
  • How often: As Needed
  • Where: Locally, Nationally


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work Location: 


  • Auburn, AL (On-Site)


Physical & Environmental Requirements:


  • Must be comfortable working in a hybrid office/manufacturing setting. This position will be active on the manufacturing floor as well as within the digital systems of the facility. 



Briggs & Stratton, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides innovative products and diverse power solutions to help people get work done. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lithium-ion battery, standby generator, energy storage system, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Vanguard®, Ferris®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Billy Goat®, Allmand®, SimpliPhi®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in more than 100 countries on six continents.


Briggs & Stratton is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. The Company conducts all employment practices without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran's status, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law. Briggs & Stratton also undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Auburn
Nearest Secondary Market: Opelika

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