Materials Manager

Location : 15469 Northlink Dr, Northlake, TX 76247


Who We Are:

Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.   


What Makes Us Different?

Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.


Challenge is #PeoplePowered!


Position Summary:

The Materials Manager, Shipping is the front line of materials leadership at the plant level. Their purpose is to oversee all operations within their area (zone). The Materials Manager is responsible for ensuring that Safety, Quality, Delivery and Production efficiencies meet the standard and expectation of internal and external customers. Managers are also morale builders and are responsible for creating a positive work environment for all employees. 


  • Manage assigned processes with detailed accuracy, and discipline. 
  • Coaches and assist all employees with problem solving, and personal issues. 
  • Train team members on various processes, procedures and job tasks within their work zone 
  • Certify team members on individual workstations to satisfy each level of progression on the skills matrix 
  • Ensures quality standards are met. 
  • Ensures on time delivery is met according to customer demands, and scheduling. 
  • Incident reporting, and investigation of root cause for injuries, near misses, and manufacturing equipment incidents (i.e. miss-hit, tool crash, etc.).  
  • Monitors employee attendance, and disciplines accordingly in accordance with the employee handbook. 
  • Monitor production quality and throughput. Ensure that hour by hour boards, zone boards and other production monitoring systems are updated. 
  • Work with support groups to return processes to standard when abnormal conditions occur. 
  • Directs team leaders, material handlers, operators, and support groups on daily task. 
  • Conducts tool box talks daily to remind employees of all categories listed on the check sheet. 
  • Follows Company produces for production identification & traceability, containment of non-conforming material, inventory movements and production reporting.  


  • High School Diploma or GED (required) 
  • Three to five years’ experience in a supervisory position (required) 
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) 
  • Previous materials/shipping experience in a manufacturing environment (preferred) 
    • Must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. 

    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. 



Benefits 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.