Materials Manager

Location : 1401 S. Washington, Holland, MI 49423


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!



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.


  • Order Processing – EDI and Manual.
  • MRP, JRP, PRP. 
  • 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.


  • High school diploma or equivalent (required).
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a Materials Planner, Materials Scheduler or closely related role (required). 
  • Experience leading others (required). 
  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management/logistics (preferred). 
  • Experience with Plex Systems ERP (preferred). 
  • Previous automotive manufacturing (preferred). 
  • Experience using GM Supply Power or Honda Web (preferred).


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.