Materials Manager

Location : 3200 Fruit Ridge Ave, Walker, MI 49544

Who We Are:

Challenge is a leading employee-owned tier 1 supplier of complex metal assemblies for the global automotive industry. Challenge fosters a culture of collaboration, diversity, and innovation. We believe the best ideas come from individual unique perspectives. These ideas combined with the teamwork of industry experts allow us to accomplish any challenge. Our team members take pride in the work we do every day and they are the true driving force in our operations.

Challenge is proud to be one of the largest employee-owned automotive companies in North America. One of the many benefits of joining the Challenge team is the ESOP program. This program allows Challenge to give shares of the Company to all employee-owners annually. These shares are an additional retirement benefit that will continue to grow during your time at Challenge. Being part of an ESOP means our employee-owners share in Challenge’s success!

Challenge is #PeoplePowered , #EmployeeOwned , and #QualityDriven !

Who We Want:

The primary responsibility of the Materials Manager is to ensure Plant Materials staff members are trained and following procedures set forth by the Director of Materials. They have responsibility in the oversight of the Materials Department to achieve operational objectives and customer satisfaction. This includes the management of inventory levels, on-time shipment of finished goods, warehousing/shipping of goods, customer service, the procurement, receipt, and storage of raw materials.

What You’ll Do:

  • Order Processing – EDI and Manual
  • Knowledge of Kanban
  • All Shipping Activities – Scanning, Labeling, Loading, Paperwork, etc.
  • Accum Management
  • Customer Contact
  • On time delivery
  • Packaging (Returnable and Expendable)
  • Receiving Process – Standard and Subcontract
  • Track Errors
  • Production Scheduling
  • Oversees the releasing of all raw materials and purchased parts
  • Capacity Analysis
  • Responsible for all Warehouse(s) Organization – Raw, Purchased, WIP and Finished Goods
  • Maintain defined inventory levels – reporting those levels out as required
  • Cycle count inventories to ensure accuracy of 90% plus
  • Ensure adequate inventories are maintained so Production can operate without stoppages

When and Where: 

This will be a 1st Shift / 6:30 AM- 4:30 PM M-F position located at our Plant in Walker, MI.

What You Need to Have:

  • High School Diploma required.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a Materials Planner, Materials Scheduler or closely related role required.
  • Leadership experience required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred (major or concentration in Supply Chain Management/Logistics is a strong plus).
  • Experience with Plex Systems ERP strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience in automotive industry preferred.
  • Experience using GM Supply Power or Honda Web preferred.
  • Has high standards of performance for self. 
  • Takes responsibility for actions, results, and mistakes.
  • Is thorough, accurate, and reliable when performing and completing job tasks; demonstrates honesty and integrity in all aspects of work.
  • Takes positive action to objectively resolve conflict by listening, staying focused on issue to find resolution, and monitoring progress.
  • Maintains positive relationships by constructively resolving conflicts.
  • Uses feedback from others to continuously improve performance and work relationships.
  • Moves within own and/or other work areas (flexes) to support plant flow.
  • Works with sense of urgency to meet needs of customers.
  • Has necessary experience, skills, and knowledge to perform all aspects of job; rotates through all job responsibilities. 
  • Maintains knowledge and skills to perform job effectively.
  • Has ability to focus on benefits of change and see it as positive; approaches change or newness in constructive/objective manner; views change as learning opportunity.
  • Looks for good in others; works collaboratively with others; shares information and knowledge.
  • Is at work when scheduled and ensures coverage when absent; takes timely breaks/lunches; uses time wisely.

What We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.