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Materials Director  Buffalo, NY  Posted: 2/12/2024
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Our client is a global leader in the design and manufacture of temperature sensors, compression seal fittings, and cable and harness assemblies for a broad range of industries and applications. Our client services Aerospace, Defense, Oil & Gas, Green Energy, Pharmaceuticals, and Waste Water industries.


The Materials Director is responsible for overseeing the team of 4 in the Purchasing Department (Buyer/Planners) and for the global strategy, planning, and execution of purchased components and services to ensure the timely delivery of products to our customers.


Essential Functions:

  • Provides leadership for the development and implementation of domestic and global supply chain plans and programs in support of the vertical market and product business strategies.
  • Leads global planning and execution of:
    1. Supply chain architecture and rationalization
    2. Material containment initiatives
    3. Material cost reduction programs
    4. Supply base quality improvement initiatives
    5. Supply base lead time reduction initiatives
  • Initiates and participates in enterprise resource planning changes for improving supplier management, execution, and performance
  • Creates supplier plans and agreements that minimizes on hand inventory while simultaneously increases inventory availability
  • Advises management of issues that will impact production or add cost and drive corrective actions when necessary
  • Interfaces with suppliers to ensure good communications for smooth material flow
  • Leads the coordination of an annual supplier conference
  • Manages inventory cycle counting programs and activities
  • Interacts with engineering, purchasing, sales, and marketing in support of on time new product launches
  • Supports lean manufacturing concepts and initiatives


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in supply chain management
  • 5-7 years of progressive experience in planning, purchasing, and inventory control within a lean manufacturing environment required
  • Familiarity or experience with vendor managed inventory and point of use storage preferred
  • Familiarity with kanban systems and inventory optimization are a plus
  • Strong desire to learn and drive lean principles
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

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